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Garrison Hotel makes its debut in Dover.

A July ribbon-cutting ceremony officially marked the opening of Dover's newest hotel, the Garrison Hotel on Silver Street.

It's a resurrection of a building that was a hotel for decades, then became a dormitory for the now-closed Mcintosh College, and then fell into disrepair. It's now an upscale boutique hotel owned by the family that also owns the Port Inn In Portsmouth and the Port Inn Kennebunk in Kennebunk, Maine.

Mark Bouzianis, who co-owns the hotels with his brother through their company the Port Hospitality Group, said the hotel was slated for demolition when he and his brother bought the location about a year and a half ago.

"It was quite a mess," he said.

After taking a tour, the brothers decided the building was still useful and would be cheaper to restore the hotel rather than building one from scratch.

"Environmentally and economically, it makes a lot of sense," he said.

With a custom redesign that works to incorporate elements of the city of Dover into its design, "It's every bit as good as a new building," he said.

Mark Bouzianis sees the hotel as catering mostly to business travelers than to tourists, estimating that about 70 percent of the customers are likely to be on business. But he also sees the tourism market evolving and that may capture more market share in the future, as the location provides a good home base for those who want to seek out different parts of the region on a vacation.

The 66-room hotel's lobby is built to serve as the social center, featuring a communal table and a large fireplace. What's still to come is an outdoor patio and lawn area with a fire pit for year-round gathering. Other amenities include an indoor pool, exercise facility, business center, internet, breakfast, personalized concierge services and petfriendly accommodations.


Caption: From left: Bill MacDonald, Portsmouth Collaborative; Philip Saltmarsh, DeStefano Architects; Joseph Almeida, DeStefano Architects; Tanja Grindl, The Garrison Hotel; Frank Teas, Northway Bank; Jim Bouzianis, Port Hospitality Group; Mark Bouzianis, Port Hospitality Group; Martin Jennison, Bauen Corp.; Alex Vailas, Alex Vailas LLC; Christopher Parker, City of Dover; and Katherine Bouzianis, Port Hospitality Group.

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Title Annotation:Port Hospitality Group
Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
Geographic Code:1U1NH
Date:Aug 18, 2017
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