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Posted: Friday, May 8, 2009 5:23 pm | Updated: 1:35 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Only two weeks ago, Gilbert had just one hotel. Friday it has three, with the completion of the 127-room Hyatt Place Phoenix/Gilbert at Val Vista Drive and the Santan Freeway stretch of Loop 202.

Only two weeks ago, Gilbert had just one hotel.

As of Friday it has three, with the completion of the 127-room Hyatt Place

Phoenix/Gilbert at Val Vista Drive and the Santan Freeway stretch of Loop 202.

The hotel, which started accepting guests April 29, will hold an official grand opening Thursday. It follows the April 30 grand opening of the 110-room Best Western Legacy Inn and Suites.

Prior to Best Western and Hyatt Place, the 139-room InTown Suites at Guadalupe Road and Arizona Avenue was the only place a visitor could catch some shut eye in Gilbert.

Hyatt Place features suites with 42-inch high-definition TVs with inputs for portable media devices like DVDs and laptop computers. The rooms have sectional couches with pull-out beds, granite counter tops in the bathroom and large tiled showers.

The hotel also features meeting space, and a 24-hour kitchen where cooks will whip up things like pizza, salads and wraps, said Amy Patti, a company spokeswoman.

The lobby has a beer, wine and coffee bar.

Ken Harris, vice president of operations for the company’s western region, wouldn’t discuss details about the hotel’s occupancy during its initial week, but said it outperformed other new Hyatt Places.

“It’s been very well received,” he said.

Four other hotels are in the works around town. They include a Hampton Inn, which is nearing completion. The hotel is next door to the new Hyatt Place.

The 121-room Legado at SanTan near SanTan Village Parkway and Ray Road is expected to open in December, and a twin facility is expected near SanTan Village mall consisting of a Marriott Courtyard and Marriott Residence.

Neither of the Marriotts are under construction, and Town Manager George Pettit said he doesn’t know whey work will start.

“I think they are really looking to see what’s going to happen with the market in general before they commit too much more,” he said.

Whether or not these six new hotels will satisfy the demand in Gilbert is uncertain, Pettit said.

It depends on how quickly new development rolls ahead in the town and the future economy, he said.

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