LAYTON -- The lobby at the new Home2 Suites is not called a lobby, it's called the Oasis.
Geared toward extended stay guests, the Oasis in the Home2 Suites is more like a living room or a coffee shop with a large comfy banquette, tables for working and computer stations.
The Home2 Suites by Hilton opened its doors Thursday as the brand's second property in the country. The modern dA(c)cor favors clean lines and trendy patterns. And each room features state-of- the-art technology.
"It's pretty funky," said Andy Pettingill, director of hotel operations for Western States Lodging and Management. "Our idea was, 'It's easy to be you,' meaning that the rooms and common areas allow people to live in their unique way."
The 107-room, four-story property is located at 803 W. Heritage Park Blvd., across the street from the Hilton Garden Inn.
Green travelers will be happy to note that the Home2 Suites used recycled materials throughout the property. In addition, rooms include low-flow showers and faucets, biodegradable food trays, dual flush toilets, Energy Star appliances and other energy-saving elements.
Contributing to the unique atmosphere, the Oasis is designed to encourage a social environment where guests can obtain information on the local area, check e-mail and connect with other guests.
"The City of Layton is proud to welcome Home2 Suites by Hilton to our community," said Ben Hart, Layton economic development specialist. "This new extended-stay hotel will bring a higher level of accommodation and service to our hospitality area."
The Home2 Suites by Hilton concept was announced two years ago and already has 63 properties planned and another 30 in development. Five properties are currently under construction and are slated to open in 2011 or early 2012, including units in San Antonio, Baltimore, Lexington Park, Md., Jacksonville, N.C., and West Valley City.
Hilton Worldwide chose Layton for its Home2 Suites because of nearby Hill Air Force Base, surrounding local institutions like Davis Hospital and Medical Center and the city's close proximity to Salt Lake City, and because a number of big companies are headquartered in the area.
The new hotel broke ground July 8, 2010 and was completed in eight months. The property is owned by Summit Lodging, ESP. It was developed and will be managed by Western States Lodging and Management.