Hilton Debuts Eco- and Pet-Friendly Concept

by RaeAnne Marsh

Hilton’s latest concept in its hospitality portfolio is Home2 Suites, aimed at guests looking to stay five or more nights, and it chose Glendale, across the street from University of Phoenix Stadium, as one of its debut locations. Evidence indicates that was a smart choice, as the hotel has been booked solid since its first week two months ago, according to Jake Rodriguez, general manager.

Di rigueur for this type of lodging, the complimentary breakfast at Home2 Suites goes for healthy: make-them-yourself buckwheat waffles, oatmeal with fresh ingredients to mix in, Greek yogurt, artisan sandwiches, infused water — and, to boot, dishes and utensils are not disposables.

Sustainability is a theme throughout the operation, from low-flow fixtures to flooring of carpet squares that, Rodriguez explains, makes it easy to replace small sections for wear or stain.

Combining the complimentary laundry with a good-sized fitness center enables guests to do their work-out during the wash and dry cycles. The pet-friendly suites offer fully-equipped kitchens (again, no disposable dishes or cutlery) with full-sized dishwasher, and modular furniture that allows guests the flexibility to customize their suite to their individual preferences.

Inviting communal spaces include a big front patio that takes in the night sights of the Westgate Entertainment District a few blocks away.

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