Although Pasco’s newest hotel is less than three months old, it’s already a popular place to stay for many out-of-town visitors.
The Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Pasco/Tri-Cities opened over Memorial Day weekend just about a block east of Road 68.
“We’re within walking distance of Cousins Restaurant—our parking lots practically adjoin,” Ron Asmus said. He and his wife Tracey own the hotel, as well as Ron Asmus Homes.
The Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Pasco/Tri-Cities is the only hotel the couple own.
They have owned the 2.6 acres the hotel sits on for several years and had been in negotiations with various hotel groups but nothing worked out until Asmus and the Hilton/Hampton Inn group began talking.
“Everything just clicked,” Asmus said, and construction began March 1, 2015.
According to a press release sent out by Hilton headquarters, the Hampton Inn & Suites in Pasco offers many amenities, including free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center with complimentary printing, an indoor pool and spa, a fitness center and a meeting space that can accommodate 35 people.
Each of the rooms includes a microwave, refrigerator and coffeemaker. If more space is needed, suites, which include a wet bar and sleeper sofa, are available.
In the lobby, guests can visit the Treat Shop to purchase snacks, toiletries, local merchandise and drinks.
The hotel offers a free ‘On the House’ hot breakfast, which includes eggs, oatmeal and waffles seven days a week. Other breakfast foods are also available, such as ‘On the Run’ breakfast bags filled with an energy bar, muffins, apples, water and mints. Those bags are available Monday through Friday.
The Hampton Inn & Suites does not serve lunch or dinner, but there are plenty of options nearby.
“Instead there are a couple dozen restaurants you can either hoof it to or just drive a couple blocks,” Asmus said.
The hotel’s location isn’t just convenient for dining options.
“The location of the new Hampton Inn & Suites appeals to many groups and activities, from leisure to conventions to sports groups,” Kris Watkins, president and CEO of Visit Tri-Cities, said. “It’s helpful to have a well-known brand come into the community. The location will help bring in sports tournaments with the Pasco Sports Complex right there, and conventions too, with TRAC within walking distance. With conventions you often have to have the hotels as close as possible,” she said.
The hotel is within walking distance of TRAC, several sports venues and numerous restaurants along Road 68 in Pasco. The new hotel also has easy access to I-82, making driving to wineries, golf courses and other parts of the Tri-Cities area — including the three rivers — simple.
“It’s easy to get around between the three cities and hard to get lost, unlike some other larger communities,” Asmus said.
The Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Pasco/Tri-Cities is a 120-room hotel located at 6826 Burden Blvd., Pasco. According to the Franklin County Assessor’s office it’s assessed at $9,936,395.
The 74,906-sq.-ft. hotel has four stories and is managed by Pacific Inns LLC.
Monica Hammerberg is the general manager. She has a long history of hotel management in the Tri-Cities, sits on the board of directors of Visit Tri-Cities and is a member of the Pasco Lodging Tax Advisory.
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