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Beginning of works on the hotel site

ALTON — Construction has begun on the planned new Holiday Inn hotel in Alton.

In March, former Alton Mayor Brant Walker announced that a hotel and restaurant development was planned on Golf Road off Homer Adams Parkway near the Amtrak station. He declined to name the businesses at the time, but on July 7, newly elected Alton Mayor David Goins announced that the site would be used for a Holiday Inn, along with a related restaurant, Freddy’s Frozen. Custard & Steakburgers.

Three existing hotels are currently operating near the site: Hampton Inn & Suites, Best Western Plus Parkway and Super 8 by Wyndham.


Earth-moving machinery at the site was quiet on Wednesday due to muddy conditions, but evidence of grading could be seen at the southwest corner of the old Robert Wadlow golf course at the intersection of Homer Adams Parkway and Golf Road in Alton. The new hotel will be located just yards from the boardwalk, across the property from Alton’s multimodal transportation facility, which includes the Amtrak train station.

The pitch has yet to be cast for Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.

Greg Caffey, director of planning and development for Alton, confirmed on Wednesday that the work on the site relates to the hotel project.

“The development of the hotel is independent of plans for an adjacent fast-casual restaurant,” he said. “The completion date for the hotel has not been clearly defined, but it is reasonable to assume that it will be completed in the third quarter of 2022.”

Based in Atlanta, Holiday Inn is a brand of the InterContinental Hotels group headquartered in Denham, Buckinghamshire. Founded as a chain of motels in the United States, Holiday Inn has grown into one of the largest hotel chains in the world with 1,173 active hotels.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is a fast casual restaurant chain based in Wichita, Kansas that offers steakburgers, Viennese beef hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and ice cream. It currently has more than 380 restaurants in 32 states, including Edwardsville and Collinsville.