Retailer Albert R. Boscov, whose nonprofit Our City Reading is trying to get financing for a four-star Doubletree Hotel along Penn Street, asked City Council on Monday to approve a $1 million federal loan as part of the package.
“If you can help us here, I promise you a hotel,” Boscov told council members.
Harrisburg area hotels are filled this weekend. Many guests are checking in from NY, NJ and DE. They are fleeing Hurricane Irene.
Area hotels are diverting business to Carlisle as they have reached capacity. One local hotel manager contacted 20 other Harrisburg area hotels looking for anyone with a vacancy, but they were all full.
If you are looking to head inland to escape Irene, you will have to look somewhere else! Harrisburg is booked!