Last Thursday, there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel here in Alexandria. It’s the first-ever Courtyard property to locate in our region, a multi-million dollar investment in the Alexandria Mall complex, and a strong sign of confidence in our market from a national hotel developer. It was also smart and obvious. South MacArthur Drive is Alexandria’s premier hub of retail commerce, and perhaps more importantly, it’s also adjacent to Cabrini Hospital, which recently completed a massive, mega-million dollar expansion. Before the Courtyard by Marriott opened, the area was only served by low-budget motel rooms. To me, Marriott made a wise investment in an important area of Alexandria. And thankfully, they built a good-looking hotel.
But today on his website, Rapides Parish Police Juror Steve Coco, who represents Alexandria residents, posted a photograph of the newly-opened hotel’s parking lot as a way of justifying his belief that local hotel/motel business is “suffering.”
Rapides Parish Police Juror Steve Coco’s photo of the newly-opened Courtyard by Marriott.
Welcome to town, Courtyard by Marriott. Three days after your ribbon-cutting ceremony, your performance has already been publicly criticized by a parish official.