Duluth might not be the only place where Hampton Inn and Suites calls home in the Twin Ports later this year. A new hotel with the hospitality chains name is being proposed by ZMC Hotels for a site in Superior. The hotel would be owned and operated by ZMC Hotels.
Hampton Inn and Suites was founded in 1984 and is managed by Hilton Worldwide. The company currently has over 1,800 locations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Latin America. There are 20 locations in Wisconsin and 16 locations in Minnesota (including Duluth's very own in Canal Park), with a 17th on the way in Hibbing. The Hampton Inn and Suites being developed in Hibbing will also be owned and managed by ZMC Hotels.
You might be thinking to yourself that you feel like you've already heard of a Hampton Inn and Suites being proposed in the area recently... Well yes, you're right. You've actually got a really good memory that you should be quite proud of if you do remember that! A few years ago a Hampton Inn and Suites was proposed for a site off Joshua Avenue behind the Stone Ridge Shopping Center in Duluth. Due to neighborhood opposition the plans for that hotel project were eventually tabled. It was also to be development and managed by ZMC Hotels. Part of us believes that due to that hotel not proceeding further, it caused ZMC to look elsewhere in the area for the brand to be represented. There still are rumors swirling that a Hampton Inn and Suites could pop-up somewhere in the Miller Hill Mall area.
The proposed Hampton Inn and Suites in Superior would be located on a 1.5 acre site between Perkins Restaurant and the Richard I. Bong Veterans Center. Part of the development of the project would require a city park to be moved down the block in order to make way for parking.
If all goes according to plan, construction could begin by the end of this summer with an opening targeted for early summer 2015.