September 15, 2017
The brand-new Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Amarillo has opened. Sort of. Though some rooms at the 226-suite hotel are open, as is the restaurant, finishing touches on the interior and exterior have yet to be completed. In addition, the meeting space and ballrooms at the downtown property are set to open at a later date.
The hotel, at 550 S. Buchanan St., is part of the Amarillo Catalyst project, one of three downtown Amarillo developments anticipated to revitalize the area. As such, the hotel was granted a partial certificate of occupancy during the first week of September 2017 to allow guests to stay there.
Even though the hotel is not completed, Amarillo city officials note that approximately 20 conventions have already been arranged at the hotel. One such convention, anticipated to bring in 1,500 people, was booked for several years down the road.
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