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Hotel developer and manager Hotel Equities and independent coeducational college Berry College have opened the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Rome, Georgia.

It is located next to the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College, which owns and developed the new hotel.

Besides offering rooms for visitors, students at Berry will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in hospitality management at the hotel.

The hotel will help secure revenue that is lost to nearby cities due to the shortage of appropriate accommodations in the area.

Berry will use the hotel’s revenues to fund student scholarships at the college.

Berry president Steve Briggs said: “The hotel project is consistent with the college’s focus on providing special opportunities for students to combine learning and work, while also creating new revenue streams that contribute both to our educational mission and the economic vitality of Rome.

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“All revenues from the hotel help to support student scholarships at Berry.”

Hotel Equities, which is based in Atlanta, has collaborated with architects, design and contractors to provide development services throughout the hotel’s construction.

The company is also responsible for the management of the hotel.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Rome offers free breakfast and high-speed Wi-Fi, as well as features a fitness centre, seasonal pool, and a lobby bar and restaurant.

Hotel Equities project & facilities VP Patrick Trainor said: “It was a pleasure to work with Berry College and all the project partners involved to bring this new Fairfield to completion.

“We were able to maximise flow and function of all spaces, successfully implementing cost controls and procurement expertise. I’m proud to officially open the doors in a timely manner and within budget expectations.”