HASTINGS — The Hastings community is welcoming a new hotel, My Place, that specializes not only in overnight accommodations but also for people who need extended stays in the community.

My Place is located at 200 E. 31st St., giving guests easy access location to many of the community’s prime attractions.

According to Rick Schnase of DJ&R, guests can expect immediate access to Lake Hastings Park and Hastings Museum, the largest municipal museum between Chicago and Denver.

“The location is strategically located within blocks of the developing North Park Commons which will offer guests easy access to several retail and dining options,” Schnase said.

Hastings’ newest hotel is independently owned by DJ&R Investments, LLC., and operated by Venerts Hotel Management, Inc.

Schnase said My Place is the first extended-stay hotel in the area and the first My Place Hotel developed by the DJ&R partnership. The hotel was constructed by Celtic Services, Inc.

“We didn’t want to build just any other hotel with four walls and a flag, and the My Place concept was uniquely fit for Hastings,” Schnase said. “There has never been a hotel built for extended stays in Hastings. We’re extremely pleased to address that need with an exciting, new, young and fresh brand. We look forward to the future growth of our business and My Place Hotels. It’s exciting to be involved with the growth and development of this brand’s national footprint.”

A three-story structure with 46-units, all My Place Hotels offer modern amenities at an affordable price including nightly, weekly and monthly rate options. Each guest room features a My Kitchen, complete with a cooktop, microwave and full refrigerator.

My Place Hotels offer pet-friendly accommodations, include on-site laundry facilities, complimentary high-speed internet service, and a 24-hour My Store, located in the hotel lobby and stocked with an array of supplies for the guests’ convenience. Additionally, guests are invited to enjoy the new Breakfast in Bed option for a minimal cost.

Schnase, who lives in Hastings, describes the opening of My Place as a “family project.

Schnase’s dad, Larry, owned the Comfort Inn in Hastings for 22 years. The family sold that property several years ago. Wanting to return to the hotel industry, he said the family began searching around for another hotel property that fitted the needs of the community.

“One thing that Hastings did not have at that time was an extended stay type of property,” Schnase said.

They started the project in January of last year after visiting the company’s headquarters in Aberdeen, S.D.

“My Place is really growing like crazy,” Schnase said.

Several more My Places are currently in development in Nebraska.

He said the community response and business has been good since opening early in March.

They also helped provide temporary lodging for people whose homes were damaged by the flood.

Terry Kline, My Place executive vice president of franchise development, said the company is excited to be part of the Hastings community.

“We look forward to the opportunities the location will offer to the community and Southern Nebraska region,” Kline said. “It is a big milestone for Hastings and the community that will serve for many years to come.”

Built with purpose and consideration for Hastings’ diversifying needs, Kline said the hotel will deliver the best options for any length of stay.

The company is based in Aberdeen, S.D. In February 2012, the first My Place hotel opened for business in Dickinson, N.D. Over the next two years, hotels were opened in Dickinson, Minot and Bismarck, N.D., along with My Places in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Bozeman, Mont.

The Hastings location is My Place Hotels of America’s 45th location across 21 states. It is the company’s second Nebraska location. One opened in LaVista about three years ago.

To learn more about My Place, visit its website at www.myplacehotels.com.

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