Motels kept busy during winter storm

by Celia Shortt

Many stranded people had to find shelter in motels and hotels during the severe weather this week, and some facilities even had to turn people away.

“We’ve had a full house for the last two nights,” said Loretta Michalski, manager of the Super 8 on South Highway 29, Thursday morning. “We had people coming in off the road and even had to turn some people away.”

Michalski had been at Super 8 the whole time and hoped to finally go home on Thursday.

The Hampton Inn of Newnan just off I-85 at Bullsboro Drive also experienced an increased number of people Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Director of Sales Sandy Lee said her general manager and assistant general manager stayed at the hotel during the bad weather.

“They said people were coming off the road,” said Lee. “People were sleeping in the lobby.”

In addition to people coming in off the road, they also had guests who had to extend their stay because of the weather. Lee said several other staff members also stayed to help make sure all the guests had breakfast, clean rooms, and anything else to help make their stay more comfortable.

“I wasn’t here,” she said of the last few days. “But when I came in this morning, the spirit was great. The team did an awesome job — just the commitment.”

The Motel 6 and Economy Inn in Newnan also reported an increased number of guests during the last two nights.

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