Opening of the Best Western Plus Rumford Falls

Tony Carter, President of Pennacook Falls Investments, Ltd., said, “Despite the hurdles of the site, the funding, the pandemic, we have brought a top-notch facility to the city we love.” Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times

The Best Western Plus Rumford Falls, located at 50 Prospect Ave., has a total of 63 rooms, including 12 luxury suites. Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times

RUMFORD — The grand opening of the Best Western Plus Rumford Falls, located at 50 Prospect Ave., took place Thursday.
The newly constructed property is owned by Pennacook Falls Investments, Ltd. and has 63 rooms in total, including 12 luxury suites.
Tony Carter, president of Pennacook Falls Investments, Ltd., was released from hospital just four hours after a 13-day stay, to be here.
“We’ve been on this project since 2014. It’s really weighed on a lot of us,” he said, adding after a pause, “We saw it through,” followed by a salvo resounding applause.
Carter said when excavation of the site was in its early stages, they were digging up boulders the size of a Volkswagen. “That was the least of our problems. But we got there. We’ve had a lot of brownfield cleanup, we’ve toned it all down, so we have a very clean site here.
He said the idea for the project was sparked by then-Rumford economic developer Jim Rinaldo, who became one of the investors.
Rinaldo asked Carter and Andy St. Pierre what they thought about starting a motel in Rumford. “We pursued it and ended up raising initial investors and today we have 29 investors in total with varying amounts of capital, who have helped bring it to fruition.
Carter said, “We’re pretty proud of what’s been done. Despite the obstacles of site, funding, pandemic, we brought top-notch gear to the city we love.
He added: “It’s going to be a big economic benefit, and I would say it’s already exceeding our expectations… It’s quite exciting, especially to have a finished product. We felt that if we build, other businesses will come. It was our mission.
Carter said, “I can’t thank everyone enough for all the hard work, so much dedication and so much commitment over seven years.
Senator Lisa Keim (D-Oxford) said, “If community love, perseverance and determination could ever look like a hotel, this is what it would look like right here.
Chris Brennick, Chairman of the Rumford Board of Selectmen, thanked those involved in bringing this project to fruition. Following Carter’s statement that if they build, other businesses will come, he said, “We already see there’s another store opening downtown… It’s not a finish. It is a starting point. »
In a written statement, Andy St. Pierre said, “The Lord God deserves full credit for the completion of the Best Western PLUS Rumford Falls Hotel, for over the past seven years he has brought together all the right participants at the right time. to navigate. construction and financing activities and overcoming hardships related to the completion of the project, in particular due to the COVID pandemic. He is a mighty God and I am deeply grateful to him for his blessing.
Each of the hotel’s guest rooms comes equipped with a large flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, and microwave. Amenities at this contemporary hotel include electric vehicle charging stations, a fitness center, an indoor heated saltwater pool, an outdoor patio and fire pit, laundry facilities, and a boutique featuring select local products.
The property also offers a spacious 425 square foot meeting room that can comfortably accommodate 18 people, as well as a business center located off the lobby. Whether staying for business or pleasure, guests can rest assured that they will stay connected with free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel and can enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast each morning.
Conveniently located along Highway 2, the Best Western Plus Rumford Falls offers easy access to the area’s top attractions.

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