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It's no secret the Philadelphia Eagles aren't repping the NFC East to the fullest these days--their offense is so bad Benjamin Franklin has risen from the belly of Lincoln Financial Field to harness some electricity (and bifocals) for the teams key players. We kid! Still, what the city is lacking in football fortune it's making up for it in the hospitality sector.
Not only did they bring the fab Kimpton's Hotel Monaco Philadelphia last year to the historic area of Center City, but they've created what can be described as a seriously grown and sexy rooftop scene with their Stratus bar. It's open year-round, so if you haven't been, they've got heated banquettes and a now working fireplace which will keep you toasty. Plus Kimpton has introduced the "Raid the Bar" amenity for their loyalty program. Now Kimpton InTouch members can use their $10 credit per visit toward a delicious craft cocktail or drink of choice at a Kimpton bar. And remember, there are two Kimptons in Philly. (Rates from $199)
If you're looking for luxury, there's the Sofitel Philadelphia, which seems like the sophisticated European secret near Rittenhouse Square. It's all French, all the time right down to bell staff wishing you a "bonjour". And taking inspiration from Paris, they're bringing the French Art of Living to your home this month with #SoBoutique, their bed and linens line. So that fluffy duvet is yours if you want it, madam. (Rates from $156)
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We've been keeping a close eye on the fast expansion of Hilton's Home2Suites brand, a hip extended stay concept, but their newest hotel in Philadelphia (the 20th overall for the brand) has us crazy excited.
We first wrote about the property back in 2011. Back then, all we knew was that the hotel would have all of the Home2 Suite brand standards such as a kitchenette, free WiFi, free breakfast and an iPad docking station. Fast forward two years and the Home2 Suites is way more than that.
Located at 1200 Arch Street in Center City near the convention center, Home2 Suites has "distinctive Philadelphia and urban flair" with natural woodwork, quarried wall stone and and oversized historical Philly map in the lobby. We also love that the hotel features an energy-efficient roof, chairs made from recycled Coke bottles and tables made from recycled bowling alley lanes. All in all it has 248 guestrooms, making it the largest Home2 Suite hotel yet.
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A one-bedroom suite at The Residence Inn San Juan Capistrano
What’s the deal with extended stay hotels? Some people think they’re those seedy-looking places along a highway that house transient folks unable to commit to monthly rent or a mortgage. But while there are some questionable establishments, HotelChatter is fascinated by the surge in the more upscale extended stay properties and packages seemingly cropping up left and right.
The industry generally defines an “extended stay” as 5 or more nights in the same hotel. Once you pass five nights, the discounts start rolling out, starting at around 5% and get deeper once you get to 12 nights, usually up to 15%. The lowest rates are for those staying longer than 30 days.
We did a little digging and found out who’s booking these stays and why.
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This chain has over 600 locations across the country, with their latest international hotel opening last December in Bahrain, the first outpost in the Middle East. So, who would spend over 30 days in Bahrain? Diane Mayer, RI's VP and Global Brand Manager says, “Our typical business guests are professionals working on projects, such as consultants, engineers, IT professionals and government employees. We also host training sessions and a small portion of our business is relocations.”
She goes on to say that a key component the extended-stay traveler is looking for is a spacious suite which allows them to spread out and be productive on the road. They also want a daily hot breakfast as well as health and fitness options so they can maintain their normal routines and a sense of balance while away from home.
Philadelphia Business Journal reports:
Home2 Suites by Hilton, with 246 guest rooms, is planned for 12th and Arch streets, across the street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center. A summer 2013 opening is planned.
Yes, that's a ways off so we'll have to be content with the smattering of Home2 Suites that are open so far (in Baltimore, Raleigh and Salt Lake City.) But if you're dying to check out a Home2 Suites on your next trip to San Antonio, there's one opening up on October 2 near the Riverwalk.
And remember, all rooms come with plenty of space including a kitchenette, free WiFi, free breakfast and an iPad docking station if you need it.
[Photo: Home2 Suites/Facebook]
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It's been almost two months since Hilton's contemporary Home2 Suites brand launched in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and the second hotel just opened March 10 in Layton, Utah. So we figured it was a good time to check in to see what people have been saying about the stylish all-suite hotels, which comes with free WiFi, iPhone and iPad iHome docking stations and a complimentary continental breakfast.
We checked in on TripAdvisor to see what the buzz is. But there's only one TripAdvisor review, likely because the hotels aren't in major cities.
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Fayetteville, North Carolina, may not be high on your travel list, but what may be is Hilton's new hip, extended-stay brand, Home2 Suites, which opens there today.
If you need somewhere to bunk up for a longer period of time, you won't have to worry about emptying out your checking account. The budget-friendly hotel's rooms are going for $116 a night.
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But now it looks like the hotel will be opening on February 3. (Yes, we've already added it to The List.) That's the official word we got from Home2 Suites but online, we couldn't find rates until February 25.
So, what do you get at a Home2 Suites? For $129 a night, you can get a studio suite with a king bed, a full kitchen, a sitting area, 42" flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. (If you book in advance, you can even get that sweet suite for just $116 a night.)
We're also excited about Home2 Suite's promise of a "working wall" that runs the full length of the suite and provides extra room for personal storage and place to work. You can even print documents wirelessly from your room which can then be retrieved from the lobby's Oasis area, a common hangout space/modern business center.
The first Home2 Suites from Hilton has broken ground in in Fayetteville, North Carolina and we were recently tipped off to a YouTube video of the ceremony.
Last time we checked in on Home2Suites, Hilton's new extended-stay brand, things were looking a bit quiet. But it looks like now 50 Home2 Suites will be opening before 2012 is out. This one here will open in late 2010.
As for the brand concept, it's nothing earth-shattering but it is a good addition to the Hilton brand. The target audience is "the savvy, value-wise extended-stay guest." The hotel rooms will start at 323-sq.ft. and a large emphasis will be placed on community space called The Oasis, which will include an activity room, fitness centers, outdoor living rooms and even, barbecue grills.
It may be hard to think of Hilton as rockin' something awesome before the Great Denizen Fail (GDF), but let us all take a moment to remember that Hilton actually had another brand they'd launched prior to the GDF: Home2Suites. And it was actually a really cool concept; an extended-stay, hip, young and sustainable brand for the savvy young business-traveling hotshots.
Originally announced back in January, the media blitz was the kickoff to a plan to open 100 properties by the end of 2012 and another 60-70 in 2013. Construction on the first Home2 was expected to happen within six months (so, like, now-ish would be the time), though it's been pretty quiet on the Home2 front for a while now.
Today, Hilton Hotels announced the launch of a new brand, an extended stay chain called Home2 Suites. Before we continue, we'd just like to take a moment to address the name: we all get it, right? Cause an extended stay hotel is supposed to feel like your second home it's home two. Creative.
Not to hate on it, but had we been in on some of those concept development meetings, we would have thrown Home: The Remix out there. Just saying.