YORKVILLE – Dozens of community members in the Yorkville area came to the ribbon cutting and open house on Tuesday, Dec. 3 afternoon for the new Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 577 E. Kendall Drive.
Tom Kozlowicz, director of sales for the Yorkville hotel, said after the ribbon cutting that he anticipates the hotel being open to guests within the week.
“This will be the crown jewel of Yorkville,” Kozlowicz said.
The four-story hotel will feature more than 90 rooms, including some suites.
Lynn Dubajic, economic development consultant for Yorkville, said she’s excited for the project being so close to being officially completed and shared Kozlowicz’s sentiments about the project. She said the new hotel has always been part of the city’s vision for this part of the city, including entertainment, dining and hospitality.
Dubajic said a project like this would mean the city now has more opportunities to host events like tournaments and nearby attractions like Raging Waves and city parts. With the nearby banquet hall coming in soon as well, she said, it will also provide the city something that’s not available in the area just yet.
“Which is something that is very desired by many people looking to host large events such as weddings,” Dubajic said.
Sherri Farley, executive director for Yorkville Chamber of Commerce, said the Opal Banquet and Event Center located nearby the new hotel is not open yet.
“That won’t be open until spring or summer” of 2020, Farley said. “[That] is the goal.”
The opening comes after the grand opening event for the hotel was postponed from its original date scheduled for last month due to elevators not being certified in time. It also comes after Dubajic talking about the opening during the city’s Nov. 5 economic development committee meeting.
Sonny Shah, hotel project developer of Kendall Hospitality LLC, said the city has been wonderful to work with in the last two years. He said he is here to help serve the community with this new project opening its doors soon.
“We want to give them the best of the best to Yorkville and nearby Montgomery, Oswego and Kendall County,” Shah said.
Yorkville Mayor John Purcell said he’s not sure exactly how much revenue this is expected to bring into the city, though he said it’s exciting the project is essentially finished. He said the hotel will be a nice amenity to have in the city, particuarly on the north side with all of the newer restaurants and other projects coming in close by.
“It’s going to bring in all kinds of tax revenues,” Purcell said. “People outside the city will spend money here, and I think that’s what’s outstanding.”
• This story will be updated as more information becomes available.