FOLEY – Work is underway for Foley’s newest hotel, a four-story facility with 73 rooms next to the Foley Farmers’ and Fishermen’s Market.

The Cobblestone Inn will be located at the northeast corner of Miflin Road – Baldwin County 20 – and Koniar Way.

The Foley Planning Commission voted in 2023 to approve the project.

The city and company representatives held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new project Thursday, Feb. 22.

Foley Mayor Ralph Hellmich said the hotel, located near the growing commercial area and city recreation complex, will be a benefit for economic growth and sports tourism.

” We are thrilled that Cobblestone chose Foley as its site for their new project,” Hellmich said. “With local investors and local financing it is a great project for our city”

The mayor said the new facility will be a good addition to the other attractions in the area, such as Wolf Bay Lodge and the market.

The Cobblestone company will work with the city to improve parking, lighting and sidewalks that can be used by both hotel guests and visitors to the Farmers and Fishermen’s Market.

Cobblestone is based in Wisconsin and has about 170 hotels in operation or under construction. 

While the company name is Cobblestone Hotels and Suites, most of the 73 units in the Foley facility will be standard hotel rooms with a few suites.

The 40,487 square foot building will also include a breakfast area-bar, an outdoor pool and an outdoor seating area-patio. 

Another hotel, the Fairfield Inn with 107 units, is also under construction. When both hotels are open, the combined capacity will increase the number of hotel rooms in Foley by almost 20%.

Also planned is a resort-style hotel to be built at OWA. The OWA hotel is scheduled to open in 2025.