What do you get when you put a turkey, four aviation technicians, and a devoted inn-keeper together? This is not a joke — it actually was a happy Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings!
Kumar Patel, owner of Royalton Inn & Suites, discovered that four of his guests were stranded in the United States for Thanksgiving. They were working at the Air Park that week, and couldn’t go home because they live in Venezuela. Naturally, he served Thanksgiving dinner at the Inn and invited the guests. He even served tamales!
Patel bought the Inn two years ago, and has enjoyed many loyal guests who work in Wilmington. They work for companies such as Ahresty and Alkermes; many repeat guests are in town for shows at Roberts Arena. He and his front desk manager, Cindee Woods, treat all guests “like family.” Cindee says she feels a “calmness” when she walks through the front door, and her job is most “relaxing.”
The experienced Patel enjoys meeting guests. He says, “Starting in 1988, I lived in New Jersey and commuted to work at a hotel in Niagara Falls. In 2012 I came to Ohio and worked in Washington Court House at Country Hearth Inn.”
Since January of 2015 he has created a restful spot for guests, and he treats them “like family.” While he talks about his family of guests, he also talks about his own family: “My son Akash works in computer science for the National Security Administration. My son Ronak is soon to be a doctor of neurology, and he will be a doctor in the U.S. Army.”
The Inn is part of Magnuson Hotels, “America’s Fastest Growing Hotel Brand.” Each hotel is owned independently, and Patel works to make guests feel comfortable.
Rooms at the Inn are equipped with high-speed internet, microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer, cable TV, free local calls, and iron with ironing board. Guests “start each day with a free breakfast.” They also may work out in the fitness center and relax at the pool.
Kumar Patel and Cindee Woods hope to see you soon.
Royalton Inn & Suites
201 Carrie Drive
Wilmington, OH 45177