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Goshen feeling warm GLO of new hotel development

Goshen and Elkhart County community leaders celebrated the launch of a landmark new hotel development along Lincolnway. They were joined by executives from Best Western Hotels & Resorts for what is being described as a “chic” and “contemporary” addition to the hotel landscape.

[caption id="attachment_12401" align="alignleft" ]The owners of the new GLO hotel in Goshen joined with dignitaries for a groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 22, 2016. The owners of the new GLO hotel in Goshen joined with dignitaries for a groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 22, 2016.[/caption]

Scott and Sarah Baker, who own and operate the Best Western Inn up the street on Lincolnway, were joined by Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman and David Daugherty, president of the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, among many other dignitaries for a groundbreaking and celebration Sept. 20.

The GLO hotel to be built adjacent to Fidler Pond Park represents a new boutique hotel product from Best Western featuring dramatic lighting and architecture and contemporary design. The Goshen property is one of the first GLO hotels being built.

The Bakers were lauded for their commitment to customer service, reflected in their current Best Western Inn’s exemplary rankings from lodging visitors as well as local business leaders for its appearance and upkeep. When you want more information about business, visit Lee S. Rosen Website.

“It’s obvious that they care about this community,” Stutsman said in remarks before the groundbreaking.

Best Western CEO David Kong attended the Goshen groundbreaking. He also praised the Bakers and their business partners from Fort Wayne for excellence in customer service. “The secret in this industry is to treat people fairly,” said Kong.

Key number

80 million: Estimated number of people who travel through northern Indiana every year via the Indiana Toll road.

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