Hotel Zero Degrees opens boutique hotel in Danbury
By Chris Bosak
DANBURY — A new, upscale hotel has joined the greater Danbury area.
Hotel Zero Degrees, 114-room boutique hotel on the city’s west side, is open for business. Its accompanying restaurant, Terra of Danbury, is scheduled to open next month.
“Looking at this from 30,000 feet, this is an interesting concept that could be a prototype for future hotels in many markets,” Charles Mallory, an owning partner, said Wednesday at a ceremony to introduce the hotel to the public. “It’s got a restaurant, banquet space, great views, green space. We should all be proud of it.”
Randy Salvatore, CEO of RMS Cos., added: “We hope this will become a central gathering place for the area. It will be a destination place for business and leisure travelers for years to come.”
The Danbury hotel follows the success of Hotel Zero Degrees locations in Norwalk and Stamford built by RMS Cos. The Danbury location includes 27 extended-stay suites and more than 3,500 square feet of event space. The owners are also building The Goodwin Hotel in Hartford.
“We’re so proud to have this in greater Danbury,” Stephen Bull, president of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, said. “This type of property doesn’t come by accident. It comes by having a strong economy here.”
RMS purchased the previously vacant land in the summer of 2015 from WCI Communities for about $1.2 million. Approvals and construction came faster than expected.
“This was completed in warp speed,” said Mallory, who is the founder of Greenwich Hospitality Group.
Salvatore said the dealings with the various city departments and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton led to the quick construction.
“We were treated objectively and fairly,” he said. “We like to do business in places like that and we look forward to future developments.”
People’s Bank helped to finance the project. RMS Cos. has invested more than $100 million in the Danbury area in recent years, mostly in building upscale housing.
“The city is here today because we support business,” Boughton said Wednesday at the ceremony. “The No. 1 focus of my administration is: How can we bring in and support business? People have a choice of where to spend their money. Money is accepted everywhere in the world. Randy chose Danbury and we congratulate him for having the vision to build this.”
Boughton also noted that a small shopping plaza will be constructed down the road as the planned neighborhood development on the west side continues.
Terra of Danbury, the restaurant within Hotel Zero Degrees, will be owned and operated by Z Hospitality. The group also owns the restaurant in the Norwalk Hotel Zero Degrees. It is the eighth restaurant opening for the 25-year-old hospitality business.
Terra of Danbury will be open to the public and employ about 30 people. It will serve northern Italian fare, according to Adam Zakka, director of operations and part owner of Z Hospitality.
“We try to provide chic, high-quality experiences, but also keep it very comfortable and casual,” Zakka said. “It will be warm and cozy with pastas and a wood-fired oven for pizzas. Prices span the spectrum.”
Z Hospitality also owns Mediterraneo, Terra and East End in Greenwich, Sole’ in New Canaan, Aurora in Rye, N.Y., and Mediterraneo at Hotel Zero Degrees in Norwalk.
Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury is located at 15 Milestone Road across the street from Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut. It may be reached at 203-730-9200.