Tru by Hilton breaks ground in East Cocalico

By on June 6, 2018

Raul Patel witnessed the destruction of the Red Carpet Inn to make way for Tru by Hilton. Photo by Alice Hummer

Raul Patel, 31, watched his childhood home being demolished.

“It is bittersweet,” he said. “I was born here and grew up at the Red Carpet Inn, which my dad bought. I graduated from Cocalico High School in 2005 and then graduated from Penn State University.”

In 2013, after working in Connecticut in actuarial science, Patel came home and joined the family business.

“What is happening is good,” Patel reflected. “Our company, Destiny Builders and Management Company, is building Tru by Hilton. It will be on N. Reamstown Road, which will be the entrance road, and Colonel Howard Boulevard.”

The postal address is 2609 N. Reading Road, Denver, although it’s not in the borough of Denver, but East Cocalico Township.

Patel, the developer, and his company also built Candlewood Suites on Centerville Road, Lancaster, which opens in late May 2018. At present, the target date for opening Denver’s Tru by Hilton is the third quarter of 2019.

“We previously owned the 20 room Penn Dutch Motel on Route 272 North across from Park Place Diner, which we sold. The Red Carpet Inn had 25 rooms. That means 45 hotel rooms were deleted from the area,” Patel said.

“Tru by Hilton will have 84 rooms in a four-story building,” Patel said. “We’ll have an indoor pool. The lobby will have a pool table, fooseball game and individual cubby style work stations which are noise canceling. We’ll offer a free breakfast that’s a step up from continental yet not the full, hot entrees others might offer.”

Patel explained that a nice, new hotel in the area will be exciting for East Cocalico.

“It’s the right kind of opportunity for us to justify taking down the Red Carpet Inn,” said Patel. “Tru by Hilton tries to focus on the millennial mindset. It’s very modern. Every room has walk-in showers; there are no tubs. Tru uses bulk amenities, such as soap dispensers instead of individual bars. The rooms are a bit smaller than what some travelers might have experienced. It’s ideal for workers who must travel as well as others.”

Patel said he’s happy to be building in East Cocalico Township. “Officials have been good to work with and are helpful,” he said.


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