Formerly the Rodeway Inn and Clarion Hotel, the over 100-room hotel at 625 Quentin Road, at Poplar Street in Lebanon, was rebranded as Hammock Hotel Lebanon Hershey earlier this year.
COO of the hotel’s management company, Hammock Worldwide Hotels & Resorts, Rex Jariwala said the current owners, who have had the property since 2009, have also been making upgrades to the hotel. This includes adding some local touches to the hotel’s lobby.
The hotel first opened its doors in December 1960 as the Lebanon Treadway Inn, and the lobby now features an area focusing on the hotel’s history.
Jariwala said the Hammock Worldwide took a look at the entire property, which included some outbuildings. Two of the outbuildings, which had sat vacant for some time, were demolished in the middle of summer.
“The main thing was to get rid of the buildings; they were unsightly,” he said.
He explained that the outbuildings were toward the rear of the property and faced the side streets. One of the buildings was along Poplar Street, while the other was along Jackson Boulevard.
“We’re considering potential reuses for the space,” Jariwala said, “We’re in the very early planning stages; we have to consider things such as parking and fire codes as well as zoning regulations.”
He said Hammock will have discussions with Lebanon city officials to determine what types of uses could possibly be accommodated in the area where the outbuildings had stood. He said one of the options being considered is retail space, but he stressed that nothing has been decided.
“We’re just exploring options right now,” he said.
With regard to the hotel itself, Jariwala said hotel occupancy had a nice bump up over the summer; families began to travel once the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions eased and school left out for the summer.
“Fall is often busy for us, too, since that’s when groups and older adults often travel,” Jariwala explained. “Unfortunately we’re not seeing that much group travel.”
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