Warrick County's first hotel officially opened last week.
Construction of the $6 million project began in 2017.
But on Sept. 5, the Towne Place Suites by Marriott opened to guests.
General Manager Jenna Smith said an empty field turned into a hotel with 111 rooms in a short amount of time.
"It was an empty shell," she said. "Now everything is put in, from chairs to couches to salt packets."
Smith said the hotel caters to guests staying for an extended period of time by offering full kitchens in each room. In addition, the hotel touts complimentary breakfast, an indoor pool with a sun deck, a 24-hour fitness center with a variety of equipment including TRX kettlebells and medicine balls, a meeting room that will fit 15 individuals, guest laundry facilities and an outdoor deck with a fire pit and two Weber grills available for guest use.
Smith said the hotel features artwork depicting areas around Newburgh that strengthen its overall connection to the community. She said the hotel isn't just about making sure a guest has everything they would have at home but is also focused on making sure the guests feel at home and connected to the community.
"Anyone can buy a box," she said. "We want the hotel to be custom to where it is. It ties the guests even more to where they are."
Smith said it's important for guests in extended stays to feel welcome. She said guests could have a variety of reasons to stay for an extended period of time, so her staff works to build relationships with the guests and the community.
"You are far from home, but this is your temporary home," she said. "It can really have an impact on someone's life."
Smith said she has already felt welcome herself.
She said she moved to Newburgh from Bowling Green,
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Kentucky this summer in order to take the position at the hotel and plans to stay for the long haul.
"As a new resident, the welcome I've felt from the community is overwhelming," she said.
Ultimately, Smith said the hotel can also stand as a smaller version of the greater Newburgh area. She said just like the hotel blossomed from a field into a new asset for visitors and the community, the whole area is seeing growth and expansion.
"Look around and take a minute to see what has happened," she said. "Things happen so quickly."
Smith said she is happy to be a resident of the Newburgh area and be able to witness the continued growth of the community while she works to grow and refine the hotel. Just like the hotel, she said the community's growth will never really be complete.
"We're never done," she said. "We're just open."
For information or to make reservations, visit the hotel's website at www.marriott.com or call the hotel at 812-853-0199.