The La Quinta Inn & Suites has closed its doors and checked out of Glen Rose.

A sign on the front doors indicated only that the hotel was “out of business.” The closure occurred last Wednesday.

The La Quinta opened in 2008. The three-story hotel included 65 guest rooms.

A spokeswoman in La Quinta's corporate office in Irving said that the hotel operated as a franchise. The franchise owner could not be reached for comment before press time.

The hotel's closing comes only a few weeks before the state Master Gardeners Convention is to be held in Glen Rose at the Expo Center from April 27 to 29.

Donna Hagar of the Somervell County Master Gardeners, which is hosting the convention in conjunction with the Hood County Master Gardeners, said that the Glen Rose Convention & Visitors Bureau stepped up to help find new accommodations for those who no longer have lodging for the convention. Many of them made reservations last fall, she noted.

“We had the entire hotel booked up,” she said.

The group sent out a massive e-mail to the more than 700 people registered for the convention alerting them about the closure.

Some of those will have to be diverted to hotels in Cleburne and Granbury.

So far, no one signed up to attend the convention has been angry, Hagar said.

“I'm sure there are some who are unhappy,” she said. “I'm just hoping it doesn't adversely affect attendees.”

Last year managers from several hotels in Glen Rose asked the Glen Rose City Council to not grant any more building permits for new hotels, noting that the area had too many hotels rooms chasing too few guests.