Comfort, ESA, Hampton Inn open hotels in Florida

The 121-room Extended Stay America in Lakeland, Fla., features an outdoor pool, a barbecue area, a meeting room, a fitness room and a laundry room. Photo credit: Extended Stay America

Comfort, Hampton Inn by Hilton and Extended Stay America have opened new hotels in Florida in recent weeks. The three openings together total 342 rooms and consist of one new-build and two conversions.


Travelers Hotel Group opened the 120-room Comfort Inn & Suites Miami International Airport in Miami Springs, Fla. Following the debut of another Comfort Inn & Suites in Sarasota, Fla., the opening marks the brand’s second in as many months in the state. The Choice Hotels International brand, with more than 2,100 hotels open and 280 in its pipeline, expects to add more than 25 additional locations by the end of the year.

The newly constructed Comfort Inn & Suites Miami International Airport features an outdoor pool and sundeck, a fitness center, a business center and meeting space. The hotel is located a short drive from Miami, Miami Beach, PortMiami and several corporate headquarters, such as those of Lennar Corp., World Fuel Services and AutoNation. Travelers Hotel Group owns and operates it.

Hampton Inn by Hilton

OTO Development opened the fully remodeled and reflagged Hampton Inn by Hilton Key West (Fla.). The Spartanburg, S.C.-based hotel development and management company acquired the former Best Western Key Ambassador Resort Inn in September 2018. In the time since, it has taken all 101 guestrooms and bathrooms down to the studs and rebuilt them, updated the property’s pool and poolside bar and grill, resurfaced the parking lot, added a new fitness center and renovated the lobby.

OTO, the hotel’s owner and operator, worked with general contractor Marino Construction Group and architect Thomas E. Pope, both local Key West companies, to design and construct the renovations. OTO, a part of The Johnson Group, owns and/or operates roughly 70 hotels comprising approximately 8,000 rooms.

Extended Stay America

Extended Stay America opened its fifth conversion in the past 18 months, this time in Lakeland, Fla. With this debut, the brand now has 52 properties in the state, as well as another six under construction. The 121-room hotel, owned and operated by Extended Stay America, features an outdoor pool, a barbecue area, a meeting room, a fitness room and a laundry room.

“We continue to see a need for Extended Stay America to expand in central Florida, and we are especially excited to find such a perfect existing hotel we could acquire and convert to our brand overnight,” Jim Alderman, chief development officer for Extended Stay America, said in a statement.