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Mystic — The general manager of The Hampton Inn & Suites has said that the Route 27 hotel, which was damaged when a sprinkler pipe burst on Sunday, will reopen on Monday.
Melissa Schlauder said Tuesday that repair work has already begun. She said that while it was originally feared that 30 of the 92 rooms were damaged, just seven on the third floor and four on the second floor were damaged when the sprinkler line broke in the attic, sending water down through the building.
She said the lobby was the most heavily damaged portion of the hotel, and it could be a few months until it can be repaired and reopened. Until then, she said guests will be able to check in but will be directed away from the lobby to their rooms. She said a meeting room will instead be used to serve breakfast.
Schlauder said the good news is that the 5-year-old hotel will be getting new flooring, rugs, light fixtures and a “beautiful new lobby.” She said the hotel’s phone and Internet service were not damaged and are working.
She added that if the pipe had burst in the busy summer season, when there is a 98 percent occupancy rate, it would have been much more of a challenge. On Sunday, 29 rooms were occupied, and those guests were relocated.
Schlauder commended the Old Mystic Fire Department for its assistance this week.
“I can’t say enough about Chief Ken Richards and his men,” she said. “They have been amazing. This is a shining example of how wonderful they are.”