New Hampton Inn officially opens Tuesday in Downtown Bradenton

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- A new Hampton Inn and Suites officially debuts on Tuesday at the site of the building formerly known as "The Pink Palace."

"This building means the world to downtown and this entire community. It's a beloved building," said Kellyann Dixon, with Hampton Inn.

The building was first opened in 1926. At that time, it was known as the Manatee River Hotel. Some of most recognizable faces in the world were known to have stayed there after its opening, including, Babe Ruth and Al Capone.

"This building is Bradenton's John Ringling," said David Gustafson, with the Downtown Bradenton Development Authority.

The new hotel features the historic charm of the 1920s. It contains the building's original tile floor, light fixtures and staircases. The hotel consists of 119 rooms and suites, and has 34 employees on hand to take care of customers.

"I'm just ready to get everything started and looking forward to checking people in and meeting people from different parts of the country and internationally," said Derek Gargett, an employee at the hotel.

Guests can start making reservations on Tuesday. Hotel officials expect the hotel to be sold out over the first few nights.

-Story Edited by Jeff Hochberg