ONEONTA – Downtown Oneonta could look different in the next few years as the city looks into a possible boutique hotel.
At a meeting Tuesday, the Oneonta Common Council voted to contract with the consultant service, REVPAR International, Inc., to study the possibility of developing a downtown-area boutique hotel.
The city of Oneonta has secured a $19,000 grant from the state that will go towards research to see if the city has a need for a boutique hotel.
A boutique hotel is a small hotel that has anywhere from 10 to 100 rooms.
Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig says the study will allow contractors and city staff to know if a boutique hotel would be useful in the area. Herzig says if the results of the survey show that there is a need for the hotel, then the city will move forward with finding a site that is suitable for it. He says the hotel could be another reason for tourists to visit the area.
“People come and visit, get to know us, spend time here, spend money here,” Herzig said. “That's all good news for us so, everything we can do to make it easier and more attractive for people to stay here is good for us."
The study could be complete by January. Herzig says depending on the findings of the study, the common council could hold a meeting to discuss the next steps. If studies show that there is a demand for the boutique hotel, then the information from the study will be made available to investors that are interested in the project.