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EDMONTON—It's been described as the “hip and humble” little sister of Hilton's Homewood Suites extended stay brand. Now Home2 Suites has come to Canada as part of a dual branded campus near West Edmonton Mall. Home2 Suites is Hilton's seventh brand in Canada.
Freshly opened, Home2 Suites joins the DoubleTree, which opened at the end of January, and the Mayfield Dinner Theatre.
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Grant McCurdy, general manager for both hotels, says the new limited service, extended stay hotel is very efficient from both a guest and operations point of view. While the full-service DoubleTree and its restaurants requires 350 staff members, Home2 Suites adds just 25 more.
“The DoubleTree is the mother ship for finance, sales and human resources, and there's a designated sales person for Home2 Suites at the DoubleTree.” He adds that each property has a hotel manager: Donica Wilkie-Morrow at the Home2 Suites and Barnie Yerxa at the DoubleTree.
“We want Home2 Suites to be extended stay—three or more days and ideally five. On the fifth day, we do a deep clean of 35 minutes and we run the dishwasher. Otherwise, we do a 12-minute cleaning per day. The idea is that we have six cups, plates and flatware and by the sixth day, guests are down to the last cup, etc.”
The cleaning process, like other aspects of Home2 Suites, is environmentally friendly. All cleaning materials from Ecolab are biodegradable and all-natural; showers use the Neutrogena pump; and there's no plastic—all dinnerware is washable and reusable, said McCurdy.
McCurdy describes the design as modern, uptempo and eclectic. “Nothing matches, there are bright colours and it's fun,” he said.
The Oasis, the interactive lobby, includes a breakfast area with an upgraded continental breakfast, and a business centre. There's an outdoor patio with a firepit and a barbecue near the pool. Unlike many of the 37 American Home2 Suites, the hotel has an indoor rather than outdoor pool—a practicality considering Edmonton's northern climate.
McCurdy had this to say about the opening, “The Home2 opened July 30th and our first guests were a couple expecting their first child. Early the next morning they were off the hospital and gave birth to a baby girl.
“A great start to the birth of Home2 in Canada.”
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