Fireside Inn and Suites comes to Belfast
On Jan. 1, the award-winning Comfort Inn Ocean's Edge became a Fireside Inn and Suites property. The inn, owned by Lafayette Hotels of Bangor, has been renamed the Fireside Inn and Suites Ocean's Edge.
"We have chosen to end our franchise relationship with Comfort Inn," said General Manager Barry Asalone. "This was a tough decision because the Comfort Inn brand has been good to us over the years, but we believe that operational decisions are better made by the owner rather than the franchiser."
When the Comfort Inn franchise agreement came up for renewal, Lafayette Hotels opted not to extend it. Contracts with national hotel brands are very restrictive, occasionally even prohibiting upgrades that exceed brand standards. Converting the hotel to a Fireside Inn and Suites will allow Lafayette Hotels to greatly enhance guest services and amenities. For example, Fireside Inn and Suites uses Keurig coffee brewers and serves Green Mountain coffee. They use Bath and Body Works soaps and shampoos. All rooms have a refrigerator and microwave. Some of the rooms have fireplaces, massage chairs or Tempur-Pedic beds.
"We are excited about the change," said Asalone, "and we look forward to offering the same award-winning service delivered by our excellent staff."
Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-303-5098 or online at www.belfastmainehotel.com.
The Fireside Inn and Suites brand is a New England-based brand, owned and operated by Lafayette Hotels. Ocean's Edge is the eighth Fireside Inn and Suites property in the Lafayette portfolio.