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My Place Hotel offers extended stay option

My Place Hotels opened its 19th hotel in Jamestown last week and is ready for a busy tourism and construction season. Ryan Bender, developer and general manager of the My Place Hotel in Jamestown, said the 46-room hotel took a little over five mo...

My Place Hotel opens in Jamestown
John M. Steiner / The Sun My Place Hotel, an extended stay economy hotel chain, opened its Jamestown location on May 27. Kimberly Reister, a front desk clerk, and Ryan Bender, general manager, said the hotel was about a third full its opening weekend.

My Place Hotels opened its 19th hotel in Jamestown last week and is ready for a busy tourism and construction season.
Ryan Bender, developer and general manager of the My Place Hotel in Jamestown, said the 46-room hotel took a little over five months to build after the earth-moving work was done in December. The hotel is located at 502 24th St. SW, next to the Superpumper convenience store/gas station.
Bender said the hotel had a soft opening on May 27 and the hotel was about a third full over the weekend.
“It was pretty good for starting out,” he said. “Once we get into summer, we’ll be 90 to 100 percent full most weekends.”
The Jamestown My Place Hotel is No. 23 for the chain, which has hotels in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Pennsylvania.
Bender said the hotel offers nightly rates and weekly and monthly stays as well. Each room has a kitchenette with a two-burner stove, a full-size refrigerator, microwave oven, a kitchen sink with a garbage disposal and lots of storage space. The rooms come with free high-speed Internet service and flat-panel televisions.
“We also have a 24-hour convenience store on site to meet our customers’ needs,” he said.
Instead of offering a continental breakfast, Bender said My Place offers a breakfast in bed service. Guests can fill out a breakfast in bed menu card and leave it with the front desk. The items on the menu are offered at the on-site convenience store, but guests can save some money by selecting the items off the breakfast in bed menu.
The rooms come with a queen bed and recliner, two queen beds and two queen beds and a recliner. There are on-site laundry facilities as well.
Bender said room rates are $78 with no discount for nightly rental, $70 a night for a seven-night weekly rental, and $64 a night for a monthly rental. He said discounts are offered on the nightly rental rate for people belonging to groups like AARP and AAA.
Bender said Jamestown was the last location along Interstate 94 in North Dakota that didn’t have a My Place Hotel.
“We (he and his development team) saw that Jamestown was experiencing some growth and thought Jamestown was underutilized as to the number of hotels in the area,” he said.
Bender said he wasn’t really aware of the CHS nitrogen fertilizer plant project planned for the Spiritwood area until after construction started on the hotel.
Getting the hotel built was a challenge, Bender said, due to the cement foundation of a restaurant that used to be on the property. He said the excavating company had to dig down 14 feet to remove the concrete starting in December after the ground was frozen.
“We dug about a foot a day,” he said, “but we got it done.”
Bender said he has already received calls from construction companies about renting blocks of rooms for extended periods.
“I think Jamestown is growing and we want to be part of that growth,” he said.
Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at colson@ jamestownsun.com

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