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Harvey, Hanna & Associates Announces Two New Hyatt Hotels Across The Delmarva Peninsula

December 17, 2020


Harvey, Hanna & Associates, Inc. (HHA) announced today the development of two new Hyatt branded hotels located in Lewes, Delaware and Kent Narrows, Maryland.

Hyatt House in Lewes, DE recently broke ground near the intersection of northbound Highway 1 and Marsh Road – south of Five Points. The new 105 room extended stay contemporary hotel will be the first of its kind in Delaware and will feature all suite rooms with kitchenettes, fitness room, dining/bar area, meeting rooms, regulation indoor lap pool, and outdoor common area featuring firepits and gas grills. The Hyatt House is well-positioned to accommodate patrons related to the expanding healthcare systems in Sussex County; the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and the Environment; and of course, long term stay guests and resort beach visitors.

The Hyatt House will be the second Hyatt branded hotel located in Coastal Sussex, joining the HHA developed Hyatt Place Hotel in Dewey Beach. Bancroft Construction (Wilmington, DE) will serve as the general contractor for the hotel. WSFS Bank provided the construction financing for the project. Hyatt House Lewes is currently scheduled for a Summer 2021 opening.

Hyatt Place in Kent Narrows, MD recently broke ground at Fisherman’s Village on the Chesapeake Bay in Kent Narrows. The new 120 room hotel will feature spectacular water views from every room, a 5,000 square foot conference center, bar, indoor pool, modern fitness center and 44 slip marina with direct access to the waterfront village deck, piers, and docks. HHA is partnering with Schulz Development based out of Kent Narrows. The Schulz family and their various business entities have been operating in Kent Narrows for four generations. The hotel will be surrounded by long-standing iconic destination restaurants and amenities with an unparalleled waterfront location. GGA Construction (Middletown, DE) will serve as the general contractor for the hotel. Hyatt Place Kent Narrows is currently scheduled for a Spring 2022 opening.

“We are excited to be partnering with professionals like Harvey, Hanna & Associates and TKo Hospitality,” stated Jody Schulz of Schulz Development. “We look forward to collaborating with their wealth of experience and industry knowledge in making Hyatt Place in Kent Narrows the premier destination hotel for Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay Region.”

Both hotels will be operated by TKo Hospitality Management, located in Newport, Delaware.

“We are proud to work with Harvey, Hanna & Associates to continue expanding the Hyatt brand throughout the Delmarva peninsula,” said President and COO Vince DiFonzo of TKo Hospitality. “We are experienced with managing flag hotels in the region and more specifically, the Hyatt brand. We have successfully managed and operated the award-winning Hyatt Place in Dewey Beach, Delaware and the Hyatt Place in Ocean City, Maryland.”

TKo currently operates nine hotels with three additional hotels in development, including the Hyatt Place/Hyatt House in Allentown, PA; Hyatt Place in Newark, DE; and a Fairfield Inn and Suites in Chadds Ford, PA.

“After having proudly established the very first Hyatt branded hotel in Delaware, in Dewey Beach, we committed early on to expand the world renowned Hyatt offerings on the Delmarva Peninsula for our loyal patrons,” stated Thomas J. Hanna, President, Harvey, Hanna & Associates. “While COVID 19 has disrupted the hospitality industry nationwide, we strongly believe in the fundamentals that exist within the mid-Atlantic’s drive-to resort markets. There are more than 30 million people located within a three-hour drive of the Delmarva Peninsula. We are confident in the anticipated post-COVID recovery throughout the Delmarva Peninsula, and we are positioning HHA and its partners for new challenges and greater successes.”

Harvey, Hanna & Associates is a full-service Wilmington, Delaware based real estate redevelopment company featuring 3.5 million square feet of prime location industrial, office and hospitality real estate in the Mid-Atlantic region. Harvey Hanna and Associates recently completed the highly successful redevelopment of the former General Motors plant near Wilmington, Delaware which is slated to become one of Amazon’s largest facilities in the world. For more information, please visit

TKo Hospitality, an affiliate of Harvey, Hanna and Associates, is a specialized hospitality management company in the Mid-Atlantic region. TKo has built a leadership team with over 100 years of combined hospitality industry experience with aggressive plans to grow the company over the next few years. TKo has extensive brand management experience with all the major brands that include Marriott, Hilton, IHG, Starwood, Hyatt, Choice as well as independent properties. For more information, please visit

SpringHill Suites and the TKo Hospitality Hire General Manager and Director of Sales

January 30, 2018

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Newark announced today that Scott Craver has been named General Manager and Stephanie Patterson, Director of Sales of the 132-Suite hotel, which is expected to open in May, 2018.

Craver will be directly responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the hotel. While, Patterson will build client relationships and lead the sales program.

Most recently, Craver served as General Manager at the luxurious Royal Blues Hotel in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He previously worked for Meyer Jabara Hotels in Eastern Pennsylvania and chaired Discover Lehigh Valley, a tourism promotion agency. Ms. Patterson was most recently Sales Manager at the Westin Wilmington, leading and managing their corporate business travel portfolio. She is a native of Newport, Delaware.

“Scott and Stephanie are great additions to our team and bring years of diversified hospitality experience. We look forward to opening under their leadership soon!” said George Danneman, President of Danneman Hospitality.”

The new SpringHill Suites by Marriott will be the first of this brand in the Delaware market. The location, 402 Ogletown Road, is the gateway to downtown and the only brand name hotel located in downtown Newark. It is owned by Danneman Hospitality and managed by TKo Hospitality, a Harvey, Hanna & Associates, Inc. affiliate.

TKo Hospitality Management currently operates the Lighthouse Cove Resort and the Surf Club Hotel, both in Dewey Beach. The hotel’s groundbreaking was last July with a projected opening in May of this year.

“We are excited to be part of this new project in the growing Newark market, and to showcase the SpringHill Suites brand to guests visiting the University of Delaware, local attractions and area corporations,” stated Vince DiFonzo, TKo Management.

Designed for both business and leisure travelers, SpringHill Suites by Marriot Newark will offer suites 25% larger than typical hotel rooms. There will be separate living, working and sleeping spaces in order to provide guests with flexibility and functionality. The hotel offers comfortable beds, soft linens and plush pillows. Each suite also includes the SpringHill Suites’ custom, three-in-one West Elm sofa which converts from a sofa to a daybed to a trundle bed. There is also an ergonomically designed work area with complimentary Wifi.

Complimentary hot breakfast is included daily, featuring both healthful and indulgent items. In the evening, the lobby transforms into a lively nightspot as local craft beer and premium wines are available through the hotel’s full-service bar. A 24/7 Market is also available. The property also has one meeting room with 340 square feet for small groups.

“We are excited to work with Danneman Hospitality to bring the SpringHill Suites to Newark,” said COO and Partner Vince DiFonzo of TKo Hospitality. “I have personally worked in the Newark/Greater Wilmington market for over 20 years and have many relationships within the business community and look forward to introducing them to our new property. We expect the hotel to be a leader in the market with exceptional guest services and look forward to being a part of Main Street Newark and the University of Delaware community.”