Blue Water Development Acquires, Begins Renovations on Daytona Beach Hotel

USA, Ocean City, Maryland. November 05, 2019

Blue Water Development, a real estate developer specializing in commercial and hospitality properties on the East Coast, is proud to announce the acquisition of and start of renovations on the Comfort Inn & Suites, Daytona Beach Oceanfront. Formerly The Mayan Inn, the hotel will reopen in early 2020 following an extensive interior and exterior renovation. This is the company's first property in Florida and brings its total number of hotels to ten.

"We're very excited to expand the Blue Water family into Florida and bring the Comfort Inn and Suites brand to Daytona Beach," said Todd Burbage, Blue Water CEO. "The hotel has the most important feature shared by all of our properties, water access, and we can't wait to give Daytona Beach visitors newly renovated, oceanfront accommodations. When we're done there won't be a better place to sit by the pool or experience America's favorite beach."

Taking a design-driven, tech-forward approach to modern hospitality, the 112-room hotel will feature beautifully appointed common areas; an oceanfront pool, sun deck, and tiki hut; as well as meeting space ideal for business groups and weddings.

The hotels 98 standard guest rooms will be equipped with premium bedding, a flat-screen TV, and a microwave, mini-fridge, and coffeemaker, while its 14 family-friendly efficiency suites will offer full kitchens. In addition, each of the hotel's 76 ocean-facing rooms will include a private balcony, perfect for viewing the famous Florida sunrises.

Speaking of location, guests will be able to prepare for a day of fun at the resort town's 23-mile-long "World's Most Famous Beach" and pier, Daytona International Speedway, or countless shopping destinations with a complimentary hot breakfast, quick stop at the sundries shop, or drop-off at the hotel's on-site laundry facilities.

In addition to introducing Daytona Beach to its signature hospitality, Blue Water has hired over 75 local construction workers to carry out the renovations and will provide at least 20 full-time jobs to the area when the hotel reopens.

"Infusing new jobs and business opportunities into the local economies where we operate is always a priority for us," said Burbage. "We're excited to join the Daytona Beach business community, and we look forward to our future growth in both Volusia County and Florida."

The local community will have the opportunity to connect with Burbage and get a first look at the completed hotel at a grand re-opening event, currently planned for early February.

Comfort Inn & Suites, Daytona Beach Oceanfront is located at 103 South Ocean Ave., Daytona Beach, Florida, 32118.

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