Richmond-based Shamin Hotels has opened two new properties at Richmond International Airport. A Hilton Garden Inn and Holiday Inn opened yesterday, joining three other Shamin hotels at the airport. The company also plans to add a Hampton Inn to its airport portfolio by spring of 2009.
“Very few cities the size of Richmond can boast of having non-stop flights to eight of the 10 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.,” Neil Amin, CEO of Shamin Hotels, said in a statement. “The airport commission has done a wonderful job in creating a first-class terminal, and we hope to support the airport with high-quality business class hotels.”
For fiscal 2008 (which ended in June), traffic was up 4.6 percent with the airport handling 3.6 million passengers on nine airlines. However, ridership has declined since then in response to a weak economy and higher ticket prices.
The five-story Hilton Garden Inn offers 130 rooms and a 2,365-square-foot ballroom for meetings, conferences and social events. Amenities include complimentary Internet wireless throughout, an indoor heated pool, 24-hour business center, lounge and full-service restaurant.
Similar amenities are in place at the new Holiday Inn Richmond Airport. The six-story property adds 143 rooms to the area as well as 6,000-square-feet of meeting space. Shamin has 18 other hotels in development, including the Hilton Conference Center and Spa in Henrico County, near Short Pump Town Center.