Construction is underway on a Homewood Suites by Hilton in downtown Corpus Christi. The 126-room hotel will be on the site where three former downtown buildings had fallen into disrepair. Demolition took place last fall. A growing portion of the more than 10.6 million visitors who come to the city annually has discovered the benefits of escaping frigid weather elsewhere, so the opening of the new hotel late next year will time well with winter meeting plans. An existing Homewood Suites by Hilton is located on the west side of town, and the new hotel will be near the marina on the east side of town within walking distance of the coast.