Grand Junction's newest hotel will be geared toward long-term stay and an environmental conscience.
Home2 Suites by Hilton is slated to open Nov. 10 on Market Street just east of 24 Road and north of Mesa Mall. The hotel will be adjacent to the Candlewood Suites hotel and the Grand Junction Subaru car dealership.
"It focuses on social and environmental responsibilities," General Manager Bill Spychala said. "We recycle and limit energy uses."
The hotel will use new technology in its lighting to save energy, and about 60 percent of its carpet is made from recycled material. Home2 will also cut back on disposable items and stress the use of reusable plates and silverware during meals at the hotel.
Spychala said the hotel will also adopt a charity to support. He said he will seek staff input once the hotel opens to help select an organization.
"I'm looking for something we can all get into," he said.
Home2 is a new concept from Hilton, with less than 150 locations in the U.S. The concept is already present in five communities in Colorado: Denver, Fort Collins, Longmont, Lakewood and Highlands Ranch.
The 91-room, four-story hotel will have options for short-term and long-term stay, as do most of the other hotels in the 24 Road corridor. Spychala said he expects many guests to be on longer business trips and in the oil and gas industry. Spychala previously managed the Candlewood Suites hotel, which is operated by the same management company, although it is not a Hilton hotel.
Each room will be equipped with a dishwasher. Guests can check out mobile range tops if they want to cook in their rooms. Pots and pans will also be available. Long-term guests can also opt for a "light touch" service where hotel housekeepers can come in and make the bed and replace towels, but only change the sheets every five days.
Other amenities include a saline pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, outdoor barbecue and gathering area, workout room and laundry area.
Spychala said he is looking to start with about 25 people on staff and plans to hire more once the hotel enters its busy season. So far he has hired a sales director and a maintenance manager.
Home2 Suites will be the first of four hotels set to open in the coming years in the Grand Valley. The Tru by Hilton downtown is under construction and should open in 2019. Plans are also in the works for another downtown hotel attached to Two Rivers Convention Center and a 60-room teaching hotel operated by Colorado Mesa University on the school's campus. That hotel is slated to break ground Tuesday.
Spychala believes the need for hotels will only increase as the valley grows in the coming years, especially if the oil and gas industry experiences a resurgence.
"I think it's necessary," he said. "I think we will need new hotels. This area is expanding."