Olympia gained control of this site from another developer late in the design and entitlements process. Olympia redesigned the project to gain better efficiency from the building and the site. Olympia had to obtain construction pricing at the peak of the pre-recession market and cope with late design changes from the Hampton brand with the roll out of the Perfect Mix lobby.
With construction pricing at record high levels at the time of bid, Olympia carried out a rigorous competitive bid process and worked with shortlisted bidders to develop value engineering opportunities.
After a devastating sprinkler leak in 2014, Olympia rebuilt the entire lobby, in line with the latest Perfect Mix lobby design guidelines from Hilton. This work included all new furnishings, millwork, finishes, lighting and sliding doors separating the breakfast area from the lobby. The renovations extended in the back of house areas, the fitness room, business center and several guestrooms. Despite the extensive damage caused by the leak, the hotel only closed for 1 week and the entire renovation was completed in 7 months.
Developing this site at best value was vital to this project’s success. Olympia worked with its design team and Hilton to ensure that the hotel met the brand standards while staying on budget. Olympia elected to use a wooden structural system to keep costs low and ensure a speedy construction schedule.
After construction was complete, Hilton rolled out the Perfect Mix lobby design guidelines, which radically transformed the lobby design and experience. Olympia worked with Hilton, the architect and the General Contractor to make the necessary changes to meet the revised standards while staying within the project budget.
Olympia worked with the Mystic Seaport to secure rights to some its iconic images to create custom artwork for the guestrooms. This artwork package referenced the nautical history of Mystic and features historic sailboats in black and white.
The exterior design of the building references the architecture of a classic New England Inn, using a clapboard finish and sloping roofs. To enhance this design, the rooftop mechanical equipment was housed inside the attic space.
The LRC Group
Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic serves a diverse mix of travelers, ranging from government contractors to casino concert goers. This hotel’s combination of brand and location strategically position it to attract leisure travelers to the Mystic’s array of visitor destinations while also providing top tier accommodations to corporate guests working in Groton and New London. The sales staff has forged strong strategic relationships with top demand generators to stabilize occupancy in a market that has been turbulent over the last several years. Coupled with proactive revenue management techniques, Hampton Inn & Suites frequently leads the market in occupancy.