By KAITLYN NAPLES
Bristol’s newest hotel is now open for business, and ready to welcome travelers from all over.
Last week, Dr. Gerald Niznick, a dentist from California whose company Niznick Enterprises Inc. acquired the old Clarion Hotel off of Middle Street, cut the ribbon to his brand new Hilton DoubleTree, which amazed and wowed everyone who walked through it.
“We are so excited to share this extraordinary hotel with the entire Bristol community, and all of Connecticut,” Lynn Dell, the hotels general manager, said at last week’s ribbon cutting.
Niznick has invested over $20 million into the former Clarion hotel, which has included renovations, 141 sleeping rooms (including a 2,000 square foot presidential suite in a brand new suite tower), two restaurants, a 7,500 square foot banquet facility that can be separated into three sections, an atrium to cater to events like weddings and other functions, a patio for dining, a new saltwater swimming pool, a fitness center, business rooms, and new furniture and appliances for the rooms.
The presidential suite offers two luxurious sitting areas, a conference table with a pull down projector screen, a large bedroom with a California king bed, and the bathroom has two mirrors, both with television screens in them, and a full-sized kitchen. There is also an iPad that controls the televisions and drapes in the room.
The five story tower includes the king suites, which have a living area, a kitchenette, and a full-sized bedroom and bathroom. Standard rooms still offer the luxury feel with a large king-sized bed, and large bathroom.
The two restaurants are The Willows, which used to be Jillian’s, and Time Out bar. The Willows is an upscale restaurant with a “farm to fork” menu where everything is fresh.
“I don’t think anyone taking that right turn into the parking lot is not amazed by what they see,” Mayor Art Ward said, adding that for the last 10 to 15 years Bristol “hasn’t been known for lodging,” however after last week’s ribbon cutting, that changed. “This is going to do tremendous things for our tourism,” the mayor said, adding that the new DoubleTree will help put Bristol “back on the map.”
Niznick said he is happy to be a part of the Bristol community, and plans to bring his family out to Connecticut more often to tour the landscape and see what New England has to offer.
Michael Nicastro, president and CEO of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, said to Niznick he was “thrilled to welcome you.” He said the new hotel is a great new addition to the economic development efforts the city is undergoing.
“This is not just a hotel; this is a destination now for travelers. It is a refreshing experience to see as we move forward,” Nicastro said, adding that the chamber and city are in the process of marketing the city and scoping out businesses to bring to Bristol, and now they can offer a beautiful place to stay on their visits.
The new hotel sits at 42 Century Dr., nearly across the street from ESPN, close to the highways, Lake Compounce, and the museums Bristol has to offer.
Visit www.doubletree3.hilton.com or call (860)589-7766 for more information and reservations.