There’s still plenty of work to do.
Manning’s Boulders Inn & Suites, located west of the German Hausbarn Konferenz Centre, is buzzing as final touches are completed on the hotel in preparation for its Oct. 3 opening. The hotel’s construction started April 1.
Beds are being put together, carpet laid — with a layer of concrete beneath some of it to help with soundproofing. Bathrooms are being put together. The lobby is being outfitted.
That will be a particular point of pride, Main Street Manning Board President Ron Reischl said, as it will feature Templeton Rye-themed decor: a fireplace made from strips of whiskey barrel wood, barrel light fixtures, Templeton Rye furniture and more.
The hotel, which will have 32 rooms, has offset doorways leading from the hallway to each one, rather than flat walls.
“That’s a nice architectural feature,” Reischl said.
An American With Disabilities Act-accessible room on the first floor includes a connecting door to the next room.
Room prices range from about $100 to $175 or more. Rooms include standard king or two-queen-bed options, rooms with a king bed and a handicap-accessible tub or shower and several suites, including a honeymoon suite with a Jacuzzi.
The road leading up to the hotel will lose its name of 311th Street and will be dubbed Heritage Drive, celebrating both the German Hausbarn and the Freedom Rock nearby.
Organizers expect the hotel will be a popular site for wedding parties, given its proximity to both the German Hausbarn and Trinity Church, Reischl said. More than a dozen wedding parties already have booked rooms at the hotel next year.
Updated landscaping outdoors will provide a scenic spot for wedding photos and include an outdoor patio.
“I see this as a place where you can relax in the evening with a drink,” Reischl said.
Eighteen west-central Iowa investors collectively have a $790,000 stake in the $2.25 million hotel. Boulders is an investor in Boulders Inn Manning LLC. Debt-financing through local lending institutions is expected to be part of the financing mix.
“We’re excited about the partnership with the City of Manning,” Boulders co-owner Tim Stuart previously said. The Denison-based company, which opened its first hotel there in 2008, now has about a dozen hotels.
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