WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) - A Wyoming hotel is getting attention for catering to smokers of both tobacco and medical marijuana.
In the last year, the Howard Johnson on 28th Street in Wyoming decided to serve smokers.
"We'll ask what they want, if they want a king or two doubles, and they will specify, and then we will say, 'We do have smoking accessible rooms. Would you like those?'" employee Ryan Stevelinck explained, saying customers often think that's "cool."
"More people that want those rooms, for sure. They're always sold," he added.
But state law says smoking is prohibited inside places where people work, and that includes hotels. Owner Bob Sullivan had the idea to add patios outside the rooms to avoid that problem.
"We've had a lot of great comments from the people that have stayed here about what we've accomplished," Sullivan said.
Sullivan says as long as it's legal, he doesn't care what people smoke. If they want to use medical marijuana on the premises, it's all right with him.
The smokers like the patio because it's more convenient than going down the hall to go outside.
"I have one or two carpenters working full-time all the time converting them," Sullivan said.
Twenty-two rooms have been completed and Sullivan is working his way up to 60.
"Those will all open up. We don't have the tops on them yet," he said.
He says he would do more, but the cost to install balconies on the second floor is much higher. He's spending up to $5,000 per room for the addition. He says it's worth it.
"We get 7 to 10 dollars a day more for those rooms," Sullivan explained.
The smoking rooms cost anywhere from $70 to $80. Those smoking in the rooms themselves are subject to a $300 fee. The hotel takes deposits at check-in.
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