Hilton Hotel's trendy new extended stay brand, Home2 Suites, has opened its first property.
The 118-room, four-story hotel in Fayetville, N.C., opened this month, almost two years after the brand that was designed to be a less-expensive alternative to Homewood Suites was announced. A grand opening is planned for March.
"Home2 Suites by Hilton is a unique offering that combines the strength of a Hilton brand with a fresh, hip and humble hotel concept that will change the way people think about extended-stay hotels," Christopher Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton Worldwide, said in a press release announcing the opening of the property.
"We're excited that our vision for developing a new hotel concept has become a reality and that our entrepreneurial and innovative approach has resulted in such a successful brand that has been so well received by the development community.
The brand has 56 properties planned and another 30 in development, Hilton said. Six properties are under construction and scheduled to open in 2011 or early 2012: San Antonio, Texas; Baltimore; Lexington Park, Md.; Jacksonville, N.C.; and two locations in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area.
Future properties are slated for many of the nation's major markets, including Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Washington and Denver. Home2 Suites is projected to open its 100th property in 2014 and is approved for expansion into Canada and Mexico.
All of the hotels will feature an open lobby area called the Oasis where guests can work and mingle, Hilton said. Suites feature a "working wall" that incorporates a kitchen and flexible work space and connects the living and bedroom zones.
The working area includes a queen size sofa/sleeper, a 42-inch flat screen TV, ambient task lighting, an iHome alarm clock with iPod port and MP3 jack, and various pieces of furniture which can be moved around to create customized living spaces and adjustable storage options.
Other highlights of the Home2 Suites brand are the Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items; an integrated guest laundry and fitness room; a saline pool; patios with grills and outdoor seating areas; and an exercise trail.
The Home2 Suites brand is also committed to environmentally conscious practices. In addition to recycling throughout the hotel, appointments include low-flow showers and faucets, biodegradable food trays, compact fluorescent light bulbs, dual flush toilets, recycled flooring, Energy Star appliances and carpet and surfaces made from recycled products. Home2 Suites is also rolling out Hilton's proprietary LightStay system, which measures energy and water use and waste and carbon output at Hilton Worldwide properties around the globe.