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New Candlewood Suites opens on post

By Jessica Healey | POST | February 12, 2014

Fort Riley, in partnership with Intercontinental Hotels Group and Lend Lease, opened the doors to a new hotel with a Dec. 17 ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Candlewood Suites at Fort Riley, located at 6956 Jackson Ave.

“The Army is committed to our Soldiers and military families, and this is another example of that commitment,” said Fort Riley Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Cole. “In Army terms, high-quality facilities like this are considered force multipliers. When Soldiers know their home life is in good hands, they focus on mission accomplishment.”

Groundbreaking for the hotel took place June 12, 2012, and construction began in July 2012, although plans for the new hotel were in progress as far back as 2009.

“Fort Riley was blessed to be one of 13 installations included in the first group of Army installations to have privatized lodging,” Cole said.

The hotel boasts 100 rooms, each with a fully-equipped kitchen; 22 of which are one-bedroom suites with sleeper sofas; and five are handicap-accessible rooms.

The hotel features many amenities, including free breakfast in the lobby each morning, an outdoor seasonal swimming pool, a fitness center, laundry facilities, a free on-post shuttle, business center, digital video rentals, free wired Internet access and weekly barbecues for guests. There also are pet-friendly rooms available.

The most important amenity offered by IHG hotels on military installations is the relationship they have with the military and its community, according to Paul Oltmanns, manager, Candlewood Suites at Fort Riley.

Priority booking and the need for flexibility are aspects that on-post lodging facilities’ representatives are familiar with and ready to accommodate for.

“It’s about relationships and understanding; for us to understand what military families are going through and providing for them,” Oltmanns said.

Potential guests need not worry about being turned away because of no available rooms, he said. If no vacancies are available, Candlewood Suites’ staff members will refer guests to several off-post hotels that provide great service as well.

Fort Riley’s Candlewood Suites is part of the Privatization of Army Lodging, or PAL, program, which is an Army initiative to improve lodging accommodations for Soldiers, their families and all government travelers.

Through the PAL program, the Army is partnered with Lend Lease, the developer and design-builder for all Army lodging, and IHG, the company that manages and operates all of Army lodging.

“We have 76 hotels on 39 installations. That equates to about 12,000 rooms,” said Arthur Holst, vice president, operations, IHG Army Hotels. “About 95 percent of our business is official travelers, who are doing business on an Army post. That’s our mission – to take care of them well, making sure that (we) meet their needs.”

Military travelers who have access to Fort Riley can be a guest at the hotel.

Candlewood Suites at Fort Riley will participate in the IHG Points Rewards program, which is a loyalty program where guests can earn points toward their next stay. More information on the rewards program can be found by visiting www.ihg.com/rewardsclub/ us/en/home.

To make reservations at the new Candlewood Suites, at Fort Riley call 1-877-711-TEAM or visit www.ihg.com/armyhotels/hotels/us/en/reservation.