KINGMAN - La Quinta Inn and Suites on Hotel Way in Kingman quietly opened for business earlier this month, but Rajia Esmail, one of three partners in the 94-room property behind Kingman Regional Medical Center, plans a grand opening and ribbon cutting later this summer.
Esmail and his partners, Mohammad Aysheh and David Stocking, invested about $9.5 million to bring Kingman a four-story hotel with a mix of oversized suites and standard rooms, with king and queen beds, and even some with a kitchen sink for those in town for an extended stay.
Some rooms are pet friendly. USB ports are built into the wall and the base of lamps for those in town on business.
There's a subtle homage to Kingman's history - images of Route 66, trains and the high desert grace the walls.
A large lobby full of comfortable chairs, a do-it-yourself kitchen area where free continental breakfast, or something hot like eggs, is available, and the vending isn't from machines, but from a small market that sells food items and travel essentials.
There is a fairly large meeting room available, along with an exercise room and a pool and spa that will open this week.
Esmail and his partners operate other hotels in Gallup, N.M. In Kingman, the goal is to target both business and leisure travelers, he said.
"Obviously, our proximity to the hospital was a choice," said Esmail. "We expect to do well. Business has already been good. We have the largest rooms in Kingman and we're within walking distance of (many restaurants and retail shopping)."
"It's a good location," said Bob Walton, the outside sales manager and a longtime Kingman resident. "Cerbat Lanes is right down the street. There's restaurants and plenty of shopping."
Esmail said he and his partners aren't done with Kingman.
"We're already planning another hotel," he said.
Call 928-529-5070 for more information.