Home2 Suites by Hilton officially welcomed its first guests in Layton, UT today as the brand’s second property opened its doors. The hotel joins the first Home2 Suites, which opened five weeks ago in Fayetteville, NC.
The 107-room, four-story property is located at 803 West Heritage Park Blvd. The hotel broke ground July 8, 2010 and was completed in just eight months. The property is owned by Summit Lodging, ESP. It was developed and will be managed by Western States Lodging and Management.
“What an amazing opportunity to be opening the first Home2 Suites in Utah,” said Andy Pettingill, director of hotel operations for Western States Lodging and Management. “Home2 Suites will be a great addition to our existing portfolio of hotels. This will be the perfect choice for extended-stay guests, especially those attending conferences at the nearby Davis Conference Center.”
Though the Home2 Suites by Hilton concept was announced only two years ago, the brand already has 63 properties planned and another 30 in development. Five properties are currently under construction and are slated to open in 2011 or early 2012, including San Antonio, Baltimore, Lexington Park, MD, Jacksonville, NC, and West Valley City, UT. Future properties are slated for many of the nation’s major markets, including Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Denver. Home2 Suites is projected to open its 100th property in 2014 and is approved for expansion into Canada and Mexico.
“Our brands are known for their strong market performance, consistency and brand loyalty, and Home2 Suites Layton has these same attributes,” said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites. “With two hotels now open and as more properties near completion, it’s an exciting time for Hilton Worldwide.”
Hilton Worldwide identified Layton as an ideal market for the Home2 Suites brand and the extended-stay hotel concept because of nearby Hill Air Force Base, surrounding local institutions like Davis Hospital and Medical Center and the city’s close proximity to Salt Lake City. A number of notable companies are headquartered in the metropolitan area, such as Smith's Food and Drug, Vehix.com, Arctic Circle Restaurants, FranklinCovey, and Overstock.com, making the region a vibrant business center for Utah and the Mountain West.
“The City of Layton is proud to welcome Home2 Suites by Hilton to our community,” said Ben Hart, Layton economic development specialist. “This new extended-stay hotel will bring a higher level of accommodation and service to our hospitality area.”
The brand’s approach to extended-stay travel emphasizes comfort and flexibility, easy access to technology, community space and a unique design. Research shows that guests in extended-stay situations seek community and connection with others after several days, even if it means they are all singularly working among others in a common space. Based on that research, Home2 Suites properties feature an open lobby area with approximately 4,200 square feet of space called the Oasis.
The Oasis is an industry-leading expanded community space that includes communal and individual work zones, wireless access, a 52-inch flat-screen TV and a complimentary breakfast service area that provides one of the most expansive continental breakfasts in this segment of the hospitality industry. The “Inspired Table” breakfast offers a wide variety of continental and customizable breakfast options, including select hot items. The assortment of food options, which includes breads, pastries, hot and cold cereals, and unique toppings, is such that a guest could have a different breakfast each day for 70 days without repeating. The Oasis encourages a social environment where guests can obtain information on the local area, check e-mail and connect with others and, because of its size and offerings, is unique in the extended-stay category.
All standard guest suites include the proprietary Home2 Suites “working wall” that incorporates the kitchen and flexible working space connecting separate living and bedroom zones. A fully accessorized kitchen contains a refrigerator/freezer with icemaker, dishwasher, place settings for six, microwave oven and coffee maker. The media/working zone includes a queen size sofa/sleeper, 42-inch flat-screen TV, roll-around ottoman, ambient task lighting, 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, outdoor seating areas and an exercise trail.
In addition to the state-of-the-art amenities standard in all Home2 Suites, the new Layton property includes a number of features exclusive to its design. The media hubs typically only available in one bedroom suites are included in every suite, as well as a convection oven and an iHome that can dock iPads, iPhones, iPods and MP3 devices. The Oasis is also outfitted with a larger, 55-inch flat-screen TV and the outdoor walking path includes a water feature.
The Home2 Suites brand is 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, carpet and surfaces made from recycled product and other sustainable product selections. Home2 Suites is also rolling out Hilton’s proprietary LightStay system, whichmeasures energy and water use and waste and carbon output at Hilton Worldwide properties around the globe.
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