AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - NewcrestImage, the owner of Amarillo's Courtyard by Marriott and developer of downtown's Embassy Suites, is developing three new hotels in a project just outside of the city's medical district.
Dirt is already turned and construction crews are hard at work near Soncy and Amarillo Boulevard.
"We're starting to close in on seven thousand hotel rooms," said Dan Quandt, Vice President of Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council. "To put it in perspective, we have, right now, basically as many hotel rooms as Arlington, Texas does."
While much of the city's hotel rooms sit close to I-40, a large concentration, including this new project, is in the medical district.
"Without question, the most, the biggest concentration of hotel rooms is around the medical complex in the west end of town," said Quandt.
Tru by Hilton on Soncy Road is the first hotel of the three to break ground. The 94-room hotel, appearing to be mostly built, is expected to open sometime this year.
Hyatt Place Amarillo is the next project on Amarillo Boulevard near Soncy with city officials just granting a five point five million dollar building permit to the project last week.
According to representatives with Hyatt, the 91-room hotel will be owned and operated by NewcrestImage and is expected to open sometime in the third quarter of 2019.
The third hotel, Aloft on South Soncy, is set to open on July 2, 2019, according to the hotel's website.
As companies continue to keep up with demand for rooms and create new developments in Amarillo, the city says they will continue to bring in the people for those rooms.
"They just keep building and we have rumblings of a number of hotels that may still be coming," said Quandt. "We'll see what happens. Our job is to just keep getting people in here to use those rooms."
Quandt also notes that a lot of the brand name hotels like this area because of the proximity to larger cities and the historic Route 66 district.