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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 09, 2016

A 192-room Hyatt Place hotel will debut in Athens, Ga., next spring. The property will be connected to the Classic Center, the downtown convention and performing arts space, and will bring the total number of rooms within a one-mile radius of the venue to 1,400. The nine-story hotel will have more than 6,000 square feet of meeting and prefunction space, a full-service restaurant, a rooftop bar, and a lobby level bar and lounge, as well as a fitness center and a business center.  

Paul Martin, a local businessman and former Classic Center Authority board member, who will be an owner of the new Hyatt Place, stated, "Having been an Authority board member, I recognize the importance of having a connected hotel to the convention center and am thrilled to be a part of it." Robert Small, another owner, said, "I chose Athens as a good place to do business and for my wife and me to rear our children. This new hotel has been a missing link in the local tourism infrastructure, and I am glad to be a part of this project that will create meaningful jobs.