Hampton Inn Shows Off $1.3M Renovation of Rooms

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio – All 66 guest rooms in the Hampton Inn on Belmont Avenue have been given a complete makeover as part of a $1.3 million renovation.

Each room got new carpeting, lighting, heating unit and furniture, and each bathroom received a new tub, vanity and toilet, said owner Nathan Patel. In addition, all rooms and hallways were painted, and the indoor pool and reception room were also updated.

“We gutted it and redid it,” said Julie Mock, general manager.

The project took about 18 months. It was actually completed in early 2020 and was to be unveiled in April, but the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic pushed back those plans, Mock said.

Each of the 66 guest rooms in the Hampton Inn on Belmont Avenue in Liberty Township received a complete makeover that includes new furniture and beds, carpeting, heating units, lighting fixtures, shower-tubs, toilets and bathroom vanities.

The hotel at 4400 Belmont Ave., formally known as the Hampton Inn-Youngstown North, is close to the Interstate 80 interchange and a portion of its customers are travelers who are passing through the area.

Arnie Clebone, Liberty trustee, said the renovation of the Hampton Inn jibes with the township’s goal of making the Belmont Avenue corridor into one of the Youngstown area’s most prominent.

It also is a way of luring new residents and investors.

“When people turn off the highway this is the first thing they see, and it’s important to Liberty that they know that we have more than hotels and restaurants,” Clebone said. “[We want them to know that Liberty] is pleasant, looks good and is convenient, and the community has an identity, and is well-lit and walkable, with sidewalks and streetscapes. They might think, ‘Hey, I might want to live here one day.’ ”

In December, the township also launched the Liberty for All marketing effort, which is designed to boost the hospitality businesses, including restaurants and hotels, on Belmont Avenue. Such businesses have seen a significant drop-off in business because of the pandemic.

Nate Patel, owner of the Hampton Inn on Belmont Avenue, and Julie Mock, general manager.

Mock acknowledged the decline in bookings at her hotel, but said business is starting to pick up.

“We’re getting a lot more on the books for 2021,” she said. The hotel, she pointed out, gets a lot of corporate travelers. “We’re happy to set up negotiated rates for those who frequently travel to the area, as well as those who need blocks of rooms for weddings,” she said.

While the Hampton Inn does not have a large banquet room, it does have a smaller reception room with a capacity of up to 40, that can be rented for bridal and baby showers and other such events.

Pictured at top: Hampton Inn owners and employees were joined by members of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and local elected officials for the ribbon cutting Tuesday. (Image: Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber)

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