Hampton Inn & Suites names general manager

Duvernoy excited about new addition to town

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MANCHESTER — As the new Hampton Inn & Suites nears its final stages of construction, a general manager has been named to run the project once the doors open.

Daniel Duvernoy of Cambridge, N.Y. started in early February. He previously managed the Hampton in downtown Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Prior to that, he served as assistant general manager from 2010 to 2015 at that property.

"At this point I'm looking forward to the doors opening," Duvernoy said. "I like to interact with guests and being with people and the whole guest experience. Opening the doors kind of seeing the positive impact it'll have on the area," he said. "I'm looking forward to a number of things: opening a hotel and bringing a main branded hotel to this area, working in southern Vermont and working in Manchester will be a change and that will be a new experience as well."

The project broke ground in June 2016 and is expected to be finished by late spring/early summer. The hotel has 97 rooms and differs from the prototypical Hampton design, according to a release. The style blends in with local architectural themes with clapboard siding, a pitched roof and colonial shutters.

The Manchester property is owned by Hilton and will participate in the HHonors loyalty program that allows guests to earn points throughout the international Hilton system, the release stated.

The hotel also encompasses standard guest rooms and suites, convenience shop, guest laundry, meeting spaces, business center, swimming pool and fitness center.

"I would just say that there's a wide range of properties from full services to luxury resorts," Duvernoy said. "We'll fit somewhere in the middle. We don't offer the same amenities . but more than a roadside motel."

Hampton project spokesperson Tricia Hayes said she's had conversations with the Dorset Theatre to establish a lodging package as well as to make the property a location for bus drop off from the Albany/Rensselaer train station.

The addition of the Hampton Inn will make a total of 23 lodging options in Manchester.

In a release, Duvernoy expressed interest to further Manchester's development in making it a "destination for the Northeast." He will also work with the town and other officials to "attract quality [sports] tournaments to the area" due to his experience playing soccer at Endicott College.

The Manchester Hampton Inn is located at 4519 Main St. (Route 7A) in Manchester.

Reach staff writer Makayla-Courtney McGeeney at 802-490-4671 or @MC_McGeeney.

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