I stayed one night at the Home2 Suites to try out the new brand, and because I booked the room for only 7500 Hilton points per night.
Outside there is a "pre-lobby" of sorts with seating and a gas firepit to encourage outdoor gathering, as well as a short guest walking path around a water feature and the parking area. The exercise room is top-notch, with quality equipment and individual TVs for the treadmills, etc. The room is shared with 2 washers and 2 dryers for guest laundry. Breakfast area is quite small, seating exactly 18 elbow-to-elbow along one long eating bar. If the hotel was full I doubt there would be space, but there are additional seating and tables available in the adjacent lobby (called the "oasis"). The breakfast offerings are on par with a Springhill Suites or Fairfield Inn, with cereal, instant oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, bread for toast, and a pre-packaged (frozen) toast/egg creation unique to Home2 Suites. I tried one, but after sending it through the toaster oven conveyor, the edges were burned and the center was still cold & soggy. There are LOTS of various toppings available for your cereal and toast.
As you go to your room you will use RFID door keys, not magnetic (less chance of your room key not working). In each suite the entry to the room is also the kitchen area, which includes a full-size fridge, sink, large microwave, all utensils & dishes, and a dishwasher, but not much storage. Across from the kitchen wall is the bathroom, with a shower (no tub). The shampoo and body wash is Neutrogena brand, and provided via dispensers on the shower wall. There is a bar of Neutrogena soap at the sink. I always bring my own soap and shampoo, so this made no difference to me either way. The bathroom is functional and works, but is a little on the small side. The toilet is a water-saving model with European-style full- & half-flush buttons on top of the tank. My room had a door to connect to the adjacent room, for families or groups that want to connect their rooms. The HDTV is large, and the channel lineup includes a few HD channels such as the national networks. I didn't try the various TV connection options, but you can connect your laptop, DVD player, digital camera, etc if you have the right cables. My room had a comfortable king bed and a sofa bed also, which can be partially separated by a curtain if desired.
The employees I met were friendly and helpful. Free internet access is included. Although I didn't use it, the pool is saline, not chlorine, which apparently is better for your skin. If you're looking for somewhere to eat lunch or dinner, you have five excellent choices adjacent to the hotel: Bandidos Grill (Mexican), Holy Smoke BBQ, a family-friendly Irish pub, Corbins Grille (fine dining), and Roosters Brewing Company. Dozens of additional restaurants, including the Layton Hills Mall, are within a couple of minutes. I would be comfortable bringing my family also. The hotel is all about efficiency and conservation with budget-minded and eco-minded products and a minimalist approach in the hotel design. The design is stylish and smart, as expected for a new hotel. My only hesitation is the tromp-tromp-tromp heard whenever someone walks around in adjacent rooms. The facility has an almost prefabricated feel to it, like it wouldn't stand up to a strong gust of wind, and I could hear every footstep across the floor in the rooms adjacent and especially above mine. Despite this, I will definitely stay here again, as it includes just about everything I look for in a hotel.
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