MCLEAN, Va. - Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) award-winning extended-stay brand, revealed today a comprehensive brand refresh complete with a game-changing, all-new prototype design, ‘Prototype 10.0,’ and updated brand identity. Featuring smart, intuitive design, a new suite type and elevated experiences, Prototype 10.0 is designed to offer added value and versatility for owners and developers, while exceeding the needs of guests who want the comforts of home.
In 2019, as part of Homewood Suites’ 30-year anniversary, the brand completed an update to its open hotels by modernizing public spaces and suite interiors. Today’s new prototype leverages the key learnings of that revitalization and capitalizes on the brand’s rich history of hospitality.
For owners and developers, Prototype 10.0 yields a reduction in site size from 2.49 acres to 2.36 acres and building area by more than 3,350 square feet; increases the number of room keys from 121 suites to 131 suites; and enhances food and beverage options to generate additional revenue opportunities.
The new design modernizes the hotel for the future by infusing innovations and elevated experiences with the hallmark spaces and amenities that guests value most and have come to expect at every Homewood Suites. Highlights of the new prototype include:
- New suite type: The King Efficiency Suite is a game-changing new suite type that represents up to 30% of the property’s inventory. At 358 sq. ft., with many of the attributes of a full suite, including a fully-equipped kitchen, a work space area, soft seating and a separate vanity and bathroom, these room types can be booked independently, while also having the functionality to be booked as a connecting suite to accommodate larger groups and families
- Elevated shared spaces: The prototype features a reimagined fitness center, in addition to a guest laundry area that has nearly doubled in size to be more reflective of the experience of guests in their own homes. Elevated shared spaces contribute to the premium guest experience by offering a place to relax and grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine or beer. Guests can also enjoy the Backyard, a completely redesigned social space with fire pits, outdoor kitchen areas, upscale picnic tables and a recreational area
- Guest storage: A newly appointed flex storage area allows guests to enjoy clutter-free living by storing oversized items such as bicycles, golf clubs, skis, strollers and large suitcases outside of their suites
- Food and beverage purchase options: The lobby area features a new elevated retail experience, which provides guests with more choice and control, while offering an opportunity for increased revenue for owners. New features include barista-style specialty drinks brewed at the front desk, healthy meal prep items and salads from the adjacent Suite Shop convenience store, and a Tap Wall with beer and wine for purchase
“We’re thrilled to introduce Prototype 10.0, which was designed in partnership with our owner and development community, to uplift the beautiful 30-year legacy of Homewood Suites,” said Rick Colling, global head, Homewood Suites by Hilton. “We modernized the brand to appeal to the evolving needs of our guests, who are going to love the functionality and flexibility of the innovations, which are intended to make them feel both empowered and cared for, whether they’re with us for an overnight trip or an extended stay.”
Prototype 10.0 is expected to be in market in 2023 and is the product of a collaboration with a select community of owners who regularly provided feedback and insights at defining moments throughout the creative journey. In addition to the strategic partnership with key stakeholders, years of on-property guest research played into the development of the new prototype to ensure the design updates resonate with travelers.
Inspired by the refreshed hotel design, later this year, Homewood Suites will introduce an updated brand identity, including an evolved logo mark that reflects the updated prototype and elevated experience of the brand. The evolution of the brand’s visual identity will be warm and inviting with a sophisticated color palette and design that focuses on the transition of light from sunrise to sunset, reinforcing the idea of the journey guests take when they stay at a Homewood Suites.
Also rolling out later this year, in conjunction with the new prototype, Homewood Suites will release a renovation guide for existing hotel owners to provide guidance and direction on updating elements of their hotels.
Homewood Suites by Hilton is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 18 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose their room and access their room using a Digital Key.
As Homewood Suites by Hilton responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, some services and amenities have been adjusted in order to adhere to health and safety guidance from local government. To emphasize our commitment to the health and safety of guests, Homewood Suites by Hilton is participating in the Hilton CleanStay program with Lysol Protection to deliver an industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection. Our elevated processes and Team Member training have been developed with RB, maker of Lysol and Dettol, to help guests enjoy an even cleaner and safer stay from check-in to check-out.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 7,000 properties and more than 1.1 million rooms, in 123 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for five consecutive years. Hilton has introduced several industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the nearly 146 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit stories.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
About Homewood Suites by Hilton
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton’s upscale, award-winning, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand, has more than 530 pet-friendly locations across the U.S., Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean, with more than 115 properties in the pipeline. Homewood Suites by Hilton offers inviting, generous-sized suites featuring separate living and sleeping areas, and fully equipped kitchens with full-size refrigerators for guests seeking home-like accommodations when traveling for extended or quick overnight stays. Additional value-driven amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi and free hot breakfast. Homewood Suites by Hilton is focused on guest satisfaction and stands behind each stay with its 100% Suite Assurance® guarantee. Experience a positive stay at Homewood Suites by Hilton by booking at homewoodsuites.com or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Homewood Suites by Hilton at stories.hilton.com/homewoodsuites, and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.