CHADDS FORD >> A new hotel has sprung up on Route 202, just south of the Chester County line in Delaware County.
Brian McFadden, who owns the new 26-room Brinton Suites with his family, is no stranger to the Chester County real estate development scene. He and his wife Ellen already own the 80-room Hotel Warner in West Chester, as well as the Darlington Commons office building in the 100 block of West Gay Street, several other West Chester office buildings, student housing in the borough and several hotels at the Jersey Shore.
During a recent interview, workmen tacked new carpeting into place, readying Brinton Suites for its hoped-for late February opening.
Rooms — all with 9½-foot ceilings and kitchens — will be available for short, one-week or extended stays.
Said McFadden, “We saw a need for an extended-stay hotel in the area. The only other place nearby rents for $800 a week and we’ll be at $400 to $450 a week. We’re trying to offer champagne on a beer budget.”
Half the rooms have decks out back that face away from bustling Route 202. The new hotel is on the west (south-bound) side of the highway.
McFadden, his wife and their investors — two of their four grown children — recently bought the four-acre site, along with its split masonry office building, for an undisclosed purchase price.
Once home to the Watkins Group, the building stood empty for 10 years and had become a bit of an overgrown eyesore.
McFadden recently sold the old Dilworthtown Motel, across 202 from Brinton Suites, to MMCO Auto, which already owns several Audi dealerships in the region.
A new dealership, Audi West Chester, is currently being built on the four-acre parcel. McFadden said he could offer lower room rates at Brinton Suites because, as he put it, “We don’t have national franchise fees to pay. At the same time, we don’t offer the amenities the chains do — no breakfast, no basketball court, no pool, no weight room. Our lobby is small. No on-site food either; why duplicate what nearby restaurants have to offer?”
Now sheathed in stucco and stone, the building has new geothermal heating and cooling installed by Nick’s Heating & Air of Aston, as well as solar roof panels.
These systems will supply 40 percent of the hotel’s energy needs, according to McFadden.
A hotel manager will live on-site and manage the property. The name of the new hotel refers to the Brinton family, Quakers who emigrated from England and moved to Chester County to escape religious persecution in the early 18th century. The historic William Brinton 1704 House and museum is behind Brinton Suites, facing Oakland Road.
Asked whether any of his children will work at the hotel, McFadden laughed, responding, “No, they won’t. I’m the typical father; our kids throw in some money and I do all the work.”
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