The iconic Bedford Glen Hotel at 44 Middlesex Turnpike will soon be closing its doors.
Although no one in an official capacity would confirm the news, two residents attempting to reserve function rooms in the spring were denied. And on-line booking of guest rooms only works through the end of next week.
The Bedford Glen is a DoubleTree hotel but is not part of the Hilton chain. It is independently owned by an investment company in Los Angles, Broadshore Capital.
Reports say the closing date is Feb. 25 and the current owner has to vacate in March. The purchaser will not be continuing the current use.
The 24-acre site was specifically zoned to accommodate a hotel in a commercial-industrial area more than 40 years ago. The original Bedford Glen was a Stouffer’s hotel.
Over the decades the hotel has been a community partner, hosting events like the annual holiday reception for town volunteers, the Dollars for Scholars annual awards night, and the Bedford High School Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner, the most recent of which took place back on Dec. 4. The hotel has also generated thousands of dollars in room and meals taxes each year.
Bedford’s planning director received calls six months ago about the property from commercial real estate interests. Tony Fields noted that the DoubleTree and other Route 3 corridor hotels ‘are in a business market and not a tourist market.” The pandemic has collapsed many of the business components, such as conferences and in-person training. “There is just not the level of demand that used to be there,” he observed.
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