Lexington by Vantage opens first new-build hotel

Lexington by Vantage opened its first new construction property – the Lexington Inn & Suites in Effingham, Ill.

Utilizing elements of Lexington's prototype, the four-story hotel has 61 guestrooms and suites, a heated indoor pool, sauna, fitness room, guest sundry, business center and meeting facilities.

The property was recently unveiled to the public during a grand opening ceremony and reception that included Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker, the chamber of commerce and Mark Williams, the Group President of Vantage Hospitality’s Upscale Brands.

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“This hotel is a prime example of Lexington’s flexible new construction program. The owners originally had a different design concept, but then changed many key elements to emulate the Lexington prototype,” Williams said.

The property’s owners, Bhanumati and Kanaiyalal Shah, have owned a property under a Vantage Hospitality brand since 2011, and chose to expand their portfolio by staying in the Vantage family. “Nothing makes us prouder than when a hotelier is so satisfied with our contribution to their business that they entrust such a second valuable asset to us,” Williams said.