LAYTON -- A new hotel is coming to Layton, but the hotel's brand flag is still not certain.
Dixon Pitcher and Don Bryan are the developers of the project and will be the owners of the hotel set to break ground this summer. The hotel will be just north of Iggy's Sports Grill on 1425 North in an area of the city that attracts new business regularly.
Pitcher and Bryan developed and own the Best Western along U.S. 89 in Uintah, and say they are excited about adding another hotel to Layton.
"You just have a very unique area in Layton," Pitcher said. "Whenever you look for a place for a hotel, you look for a lot of generators. Generators are what kind of bring people in."
Pitcher said those generators include the Davis County Conference Center, Layton Hills Mall and Hill Air Force Base.
Pitcher said the two have not yet received official permission for the hotel to be under the specific brand the owners are hoping for, so the hotel is still without a flag. However, the new hotel will be one that does not already have a presence in Layton.
That is good news for Davis County tourism.
"Adding a new hotel to the mix gives us one additional flag to the community," said Barbara Riddle, president and CEO of Davis Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. "One of the benefits of booking a conference at the Davis Conference Center is, you have the ability to work with a lot of different hotel companies."
Pitcher said that he hopes to break ground sometime this summer on the 83-room hotel. Normally, he said, construction takes nine months to a year to complete.
Ben Hart, Layton's economic development specialist, said a new hotel will likely go after a different demographic than existing hotels. He said this could be one that focuses more on families than business travelers.
Prior to the Home2Suites, the most recent hotel to open in Layton was a Hilton Garden Inn at the conference center.
Layton has a total of 960 hotel rooms, so the new hotel will bring the total to more than 1,000.
"Not many cities can say they have more than 1,000 hotel rooms each night," Hart said. "To have this strong representation of hotels in one area says a lot about what this community means to hospitality in Northern Utah."