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Planning Commission approves 113-room Hilton Garden Inn just north of Highway 198

Planning Commission approves 113-room Hilton Garden Inn just north of Highway 198

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN

VISALIA – An upscale hotel for business travelers is coming to Plaza Drive in Visalia.

At its June 24 meeting, the Visalia Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit to build a Hilton Grand Inn (HGI) near the corner of Plaza Drive and Crowley Avenue just north of Highway 198.

The four-story, 67,000-square foot hotel will have outdoor swimming and patio areas, a fitness room, and business center. The high-end brand by Hilton includes a full-service restaurant offering cooked-to-order breakfast and dinner and a full bar. A 24-hour, self-service retail space known as The Shop offers snacks, locally sourced food and beverages as well as essential personal items. Grand Inns are designed with natural light and modern décor to make the lobby an open, inviting space. Guests can take advantage of WiFi and remote printing from anywhere in the lobby. On-site fitness facilities provide guests with cardio and strength training equipment.

HGI has partnered with Clean the World, the world’s largest organization to recycle hotel soap and bath amenities. Furthering Hilton’s 2030 target to send zero soap to landfills, Hilton Garden Inn provides recycled hygiene products to help save the lives of those in need. As part of Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn accept Hilton Honors, the hotel’s guest-loyalty program for each of Hilton’s distinct hotel brands.

HGI brand rooms and suites include a work desk, mini fridge, microwave oven and Keurig coffee maker. Typically, HGI hotels provide bicycles at no charge, convenient for a workout on Visalia’s network of bike/pedestrian trails.

The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn brand has expanded to 820 hotels in 42 countries around the world. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn, visit www.hgi.com  and connect on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

The project normally wouldn’t have come before the Planning Commission, as a hotel was already part of the master plan for the Business Research Park, which also includes approximately 17,200 square feet of retail and gas station, as well as 79,000 square feet of general office space.

Because applicant Mike Hernandez wanted to expand the four-story hotel to include 113 rooms, the hotel needed a conditional use permit to exceed the maximum of 100 rooms originally approved in the master plan.

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