First Purchase

Marlin, Texas

The enterprise that would become NewcrestImage started in an independent hotel in Marlin, Texas, a small town south of Dallas near Waco. After coming to the U.S., the Lallubhai Kalidas Patel family purchased the Houston’s Motel. Like many Indian Americans, they found the hotel industry a good fit for the generous hospitality that was part of their own culture. A year later, they bought the Sunset Inn in Longview, Texas, which would become the family’s base for over thirty years.