By LOU WILIN
The new downtown Hancock Hotel has much Hancock County in it, from pictures of local scenes to suites named after Findlay and the villages. And there is local craftsmanship throughout.
It starts in the lobby of Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s $20 million hotel. Behind the counter at check-in, patrons will see an image of the Hancock County Courthouse printed and spread over three antique mirrors. Like the photos throughout the hotel, the courthouse image was copied from photos at the Hancock Historical Museum.
Dietsch Bros. chocolate will be there, too.
“We’re doing a welcome chocolate for all of our guests when they check in, which is a very specific custom blend that we have made for us,” Matt Korsos, hotel general manager, said during a media tour of the hotel on Monday. “A blend of milk chocolate and dark chocolate and 10 percent mint, and then it’s stamped with our logo and then wrapped in gold foil.”
Korsos said the hotel also is exploring partnerships, like perhaps making Wolfies Nuts and Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn available for guests to take home.
All 99 guest rooms will be stocked with Dietsch Bros. chocolate-covered pretzels and other treats. Locally-made beers provided by Mancy’s will be in each room, along with half-bottles of wine, craft cocktails and soft drinks.
Twelve suites, larger lodging areas named after Findlay and the villages, each have a living room space in addition to the bedroom and bathroom. Suite bathrooms have a tub in addition to the shower. They also have vanities, makeup mirrors and other amenities.
Blanchard Ballroom, with a large dance floor, can seat up to 320. Just across the hall, on the Lincoln Street side of the building, is the Flag City Junior Ballroom, which can seat 75 to 100 people.
“By and large, most of the trade companies that did work for us, whether it’s cabinetry, flooring, painting, all those type of things, were done by local trade persons, and I think it turned out quite beautiful,” said Don Malarky, engineering manager for major projects for Marathon Petroleum.
On the Main Street-Lincoln Street corner is the Donnell Boardroom, which will host meetings, receptions and wedding rehearsal dinners.
Even with its floor-to-ceiling windows, it lets in no sound of street traffic.
“Insulation in this building is amazing,” Korsos said. “It’s just so well done. Most importantly, our guest rooms. You want it to be very quiet. You don’t want to hear the TV from next door, the commode from the room next door, even a conversation in the hallway. They’ve done a good job about isolating and eliminating all of that.”
A fitness center contains treadmills, elliptical walkers, bikes, yoga and medicine balls, mats, free weights and a universal weight machine. Hotel guests who want more for their workout can get into the nearby Findlay Family YMCA with their room key.
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