Marriott Fairfield prototype

A Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites is coming to Merrimac Avenue and the Middletown Warwick Road on the westside of Middletown.

A new Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites hotel is coming to Middletown.

The 89-room, budget-friendly hotel will be is coming to the west side of Middletown at the corner of Merrimac Avenue and Middletown Warwick Road, where there's been a lot of development already.

"You're always looking for opportunities where there is strong growth, both population-wise and business-wise, and obviously those two factors are present in Middletown, and Middletown has had extraordinary growth over the last 20 years, I think the population has probably tripled in that period of time," said Kevin Kelly, chairman of LNW Hospitality.

Being a limited-service hotel, guests will have access to a Texas Roadhouse and other restaurants nearby as well as ample shopping.

Kelly called the market strong with the convenient access to the new 301 bypass a selling point.

"The added benefit of having the 301 bypass for convenience, easy-on, easy-off on the west side of town all added up to what we believe is a strong market for this kind of property."

The hotel is a joint business venture with Axia Hotel Group, based in Dover, which already owns the Hampton Inn and Suites in Middletown.

This marks LNW Hospitality's first foray in the Delaware market. The group manages several facilities, mostly in Georgia, including luxury boutique hotel, a historic hotel, a Westin, as well as a single-family home development, according to its website.

"We're very excited to bring this opportunity to our home state, we have other lodging facilities, mostly in the southeast, but haven't done any in Delaware," said Kelly.

The Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites is expected to bring "several dozen" jobs in both hotel management and staff.

Ground is expected to be broken on the project in the spring or summer of 2020 with an anticipated opening in the middle of 2021.

"As they say in the hotel business, it's a new flag for Middletown," he said. "We're very excited about the opportunity."