New and improved Comfort Inn features indoor water park

The Pioneer News
September 1, 2010
By STEPHEN THOMAS, Staff Writer

HILLVIEW - Bullitt County may have a new hidden treasure within its boundaries.

The new and improved Comfort Inn officially opened featuring the Pirates Bay Indoor Water Park.

Local officials gathered along with Comfort Inn owners for an official ribbon cutting celebration to introduce the water park and hotel updates to the public.

The 10,000 square foot water park is open 365 days a year. General manager Angel Frizzell said the park was open to the public and accessible without purchasing a hotel room.

"It's a great opportunity for both visitors and locals," she said.

The Bullitt County location is operated by HRS Hotels. Based in Louisville, the company oversees eight hotels in the Louisville area, including Elizabethtown and southern Indiana.

"Our first hotel was financed by Bullitt County Bank, now PBI, 12 years ago," said HRS President and Comfort Inn co-owner Hiten Timbawala. "But we did not own a hotel in Bullitt County. We almost built one in the field next door."

Along with PBI, Timbawala thanked Bullitt County government and tourism officials for their assistance, along with Zoneton Fire for helping to keep the hotel in code.

Timbawala co-owns the Comfort Inn along with his brother, Tushar, and Sam Patel. They were joined by their families and members of the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting.

"Congratulations on a beautiful water park that is great for the community," said Chamber director Frieda Howe. "We're happy that you are a part of the Chamber."

Hillview mayor Jim Eadens said the city looked forward to working with the hotel's new owners.

"We're blessed to have a team that wants to see the city prosper," said Eadens. "Hillview has grown over the years through hard work."

Comfort Inn operations director Doug Simmons said the hotel itself was completely remodeled, with larger family rooms available. Exterior work created a new facade while 78 available rooms were enhanced.

A new lobby area featured a business center with complimentary wireless Internet service.

The water park consists of five water slides of various sizes emptying into plunge pools ranging from 2-4 feet in depth.

Frizzell said the pools used a "salt water" that was chlorine-free. The minimal amount of salt helps keep the water clean and more natural. The water stays at a comfortable 84 degrees.

Other pool activities include pirate ship water cannons, a rain maker and a basketball water court with baskets at each end.

While the kids play, older visitors can enjoy the grotto area, featuring a hot tub with room for 25 next to a rock waterfall.

Next to the water park is the new Pirates Pub cafe featuring pizzas, burgers, nachos and other various snacks.

Beer and wine are available at the cafe. Patel said products from Bullitt County's wineries would be featured.

"We're open to parties, reunions, any type of gatherings," Patel said. "It's good for sports events."

The water park area will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily passes are $15; $10 after 4 p.m.

Comfort Inn and Pirates Bay Indoor Water Park is located at 191 Brenton Way near Interstate 65 Exit 121. For more information call 955-5566 or visit www.comfortinnbrooksky.com.

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