Hotel opens with fanfare
by Tim Delaney, Progress Editor
Dec 15, 2012 | 724 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GEORGE WEST — The Holiday Inn Express and Suites officially opened its doors Dec. 5 with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and open house for the community.

Vic Kasan, owner of the hotel, said he was proud of the new 73-room facility, which includes 22 two-room suites.

A group of people and George West officials, including the mayor and city manager, also expressed their pride as they cut the ribbon with Kasan, marking the opening.

Complimentary food and drinks were served as tours of the hotel’s rooms were made for guests.

The new hotel also has the designation as the tallest building in Live Oak County.

Kasan said he was in George West about 26 years ago when he operated the Buenos Noches Hotel.

“It’s the Royal Inn, now,” he said.

“I came back because I like the small town atmosphere. And it’s good times now for Live Oak County with the oil and gas industry,” he said.

The new hotel has an exercising room, meeting room, indoor/outdoor pool, free Internet, complimentary breakfast served in its dining room and a 24/7 business center.

Kasan said some people say it’s risky to open such a grand hotel in a small community.

“But there is a clientele need in small towns like this,” he said.

“You’d be surprised how many people will choose a quality hotel over others,” he said.

Kasan is no stranger to operating hotels.

He has 15 hotels in the Texas Valley, including ones in Kingsville, Jourdanton, Brownsville and Zapata.

Kasan also praised George West Mayor Sylvia Steele and City Manager Sandra Martinez for their help.

He added that a city “willing to accept growth and make things happen is one that is a good city.”

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