Ground broken this week on Amana’s Hotel Millwright

The Amana Society this week held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site of Hotel Millwright, a boutique hotel expected to open in early 2020.

“Today is a special day as we officially break ground on the Hotel Millwright and start a critical restoration for the historic Amana Woolen Mill complex,” said John Peterson, president and CEO of the Amana Society, in a release. “This property, once completed, will be a wonderful destination in Eastern Iowa for business and leisure travelers seeking a one-of-a-kind experience.”

Designed by Vantage Point LLC and under development by Hobart Historic Restoration, the Hotel Millwright will feature 65 guestrooms, including five suites, a signature restaurant/bar, a spa/fitness center and more than 7,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and convention space.

The addition of Hotel Millwright plays a key part in Amana Society’s strategy for adding stability to its tourist-based businesses by increasing hospitality options in the Amana Colonies.

“The retail and hotel combination will be a benefit to one another,” said Jeff Popenhagen, the Amana Society’s director of marketing and retail sales. “The new development will offer amenities to guests that set us apart from the current marketplace, including the continuation of the over 160 years of Amana wool and cotton blanket sales and production.”