Homewood brand opens in Hartford

Homewood Suites by Hilton has opened the 116-suite Homewood Suites by
Hilton hotel Hartford - Downtown.The new Homewood Suites hotel is owned by McSam Hartford LLC and managed by
Magna Hospitality Group DBA MHG Hartford HW.  As interest and growth in
downtown areas have risen drastically over the past several years, the
urban market now offers a wealth of potential extended stay business - an
ideal opportunity for Homewood Suites development.  The Homewood Suites by
Hilton brand has a number of properties situated in the heart of many
downtown locations, putting visitors right in the center of a wide variety
of shopping, dining and attractions.

“This build demonstrates Homewood Suites’ continued foray into a wide
variety of markets, and we are excited to offer this property as an
attractive lodging option to those visiting the Hartford area,” said Carol
Sikora, general manager. “We are thrilled to be part of Homewood Suites’
continued growth and development.”


The Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford hotel is adjacent to beautiful
Bushnell Park and conveniently located near the Civic Center, the Federal
Building and only blocks from Union Station and the Convention Center.      The
building was the former Bond Hotel, one of the first hotels in Hartford.
The Bond opened in 1913 and operated as a hotel until 1965.  In 1965 the
Arch Diocese of Hartford bought the building and turned it into the St.
Francis School of Nursing.  The School of Nursing operated until 2000.



To aid development in already-crowded urban areas, the brand offers a
flexible suite-type, called the “shotgun suite”, for builders who choose to
renovate older properties.  These suites offer guests the same experience
as a prototypical studio suite, but the shotgun suites are more lateral and
narrow.  This design allows developers to fit more suites into a smaller
space.      Developers are given the opportunity to arrange these suite types
to best maximize their space and to meet consumer demand.


Like this new hotel in Hartford, Homewood Suites has a number of hotels
located in urban areas, including Edgewater, NJ; Indianapolis-Downtown;
Baltimore, Chicago-Downtown; and Seattle-Downtown.


Homewood Suites recently completed Phase I of its Distinctly Homewood
upgrades - a five-year product enhancement program launched in 2005 - which
included upgrades to exercise facilities, guest bathrooms and bedding
packages at most hotels.  Phase II is now underway, which will include the
addition of Dual Massage showerheads by WaterPik and completion of bedding
upgrades across remaining hotels. Final completion is scheduled to coincide
with the Homewood Suites brand’s 20th anniversary in 2009.  The brand also
collaborated with Hilton Hotels Corporation’s Supply Management team and a
top hospitality industry interior designer to introduce three Distinctly
Homewood guest suite concepts. The FF&E packages give developers increased
design flexibility while reflecting the core elements of the Distinctly
Homewood program - Relevance, Consistency and Distinctiveness.