LACEY - Best Western Lacey Inn & Suites has opened in Hawks Prairie, the first newly constructed hotel in Thurston County in nearly three years.
The property is a 48,000-square-foot, four-story building with 85 rooms at 8326 Quinault Drive N.E. It is next to the Hawks Prairie Casino and is near Lacey Marketplace, home to The Home Depot and Costco Wholesale.
The hotel received its certificate of occupancy permit March 30 and opened March 31, said John Coughlan, the architect on the project, as well as an investor and part-owner of the hotel.
Coughlan is the brother-in-law to Keum Soon Woo, who co-owns the hotel with her husband, Sang Jae Woo. The Woos are longtime business owners in the area who opened the Seoul Korean restaurant in Lacey in 1987. They sold the restaurant a year later and moved on to other businesses, including the Best Western Hotel in Tumwater, which they purchased in 2003 and sold in 2008.
The hotel is a mid-tier property that Best Western calls a “Best Western Plus.”
It has meeting space, a breakfast area, an indoor pool with a hot tub, an exercise room and a place to do business. It has wireless and hard-wired Internet service, and the breakfast area was given a personal touch by hanging framed paper collage art produced by Sook Choi, Keum’s 85-year-old mother.
Rates for a single queen-size bed are about $115 a night, or $125 a night for a room with a single king-size bed. With standard discounts offered by the hotel industry, those rates can fall to just under $100, Coughlan said.
General Manager Tammy Dickinson said the hotel’s target market includes the military, business travelers and those who attend or participate in sporting events at the Regional Athletic Complex, about a mile from the hotel on Marvin Road.
Visitor and Convention Bureau Executive Director Sharp said another hotel means an increase in lodging revenue for Lacey, represents another venue to market tourism activities and provides a destination for parents looking for lodging during graduation season for South Sound colleges and universities.
“It’s one more way to be competitive in the marketplace and showcase our area,” Sharp said.
Other recent hotel construction includes Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, which opened in 2008, and a Holiday Inn Express and Candlewood Suites that opened in Lacey in 2007. There also have been discussions with the City of Lacey to build a Marriott-related brand hotel north of Interstate 5 in Hawks Prairie.