ST. CLOUD - The St. Cloud County Inn and Suites by Carlson West location is expanding and remodeling over the fall and winter.

The parking lot of the hotel is currently being updated to add a veranda and a new seating area. The expansion and remodel is expected to be finished in the spring and the hotel will remain open through the renovations.

General Manager Jackie Klehr says crew will soon move indoors to add more guest rooms and renovate their current 60 plus rooms.

"We're adding 30 guest rooms, a meeting space and then the outdoor seating will be new and our breakfast area will be larger, we're just really excited."

The expanded meeting space willl be made to fit around 100 people. Klehr says they are planning to hire five to eight more staff members once the remodeling is completed.

Crews will also be expanding the breakfast seating area during the expansion.

"Right now that area is just a little too cozy. My breakfast attendants are just super excited because we will have a lot more prep area and also seating area for guests with the additional room," Klehr says.

The St. Cloud County Inn and Suites by Carlson West is at 235 Park Avenue South.