GUILDERLAND, NY—A dual-branded Tru by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton broke ground at Crossgates Mall here, marking the first time these two brands have teamed up on a dual-branded property. The five-story, 192-room hotel is the town of Guilderland’s first new ground-up hotel development in over 20 years, according to the company.
The event was attended by members of the local business community. Featured speakers included Stephen J. Congel, CEO of Pyramid Management Group; Tom Lorenzo, VP & managing director – franchise development at Hilton; Allen Naples, SVP and president of M&T Bank’s central New York Region; Guilderland Town Supervisor Peter Barber; and Michael Gately, general manager of Crossgates Mall.
The new hotel is scheduled to open fall of 2018 and will have two separate areas designed for each brand, distinct public spaces designed to promote social connectivity, a swimming pool, fitness center and an outdoor sport court.
The site is close to the shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities of Crossgates Mall.
M&T Bank provided a construction loan, a critical element of the capital necessary to set the project in motion.