How Suite It Is: The new Home2 Suites by Hilton recently opened at 3125 Wilcrest.
There’s a new home for guests visiting Westchase District, the Home2 Suites by Hilton Houston Westchase, which opened in April at 3125 Wilcrest Drive. We first reported about the long-awaited hotel in a 2014 issue of Westchase Today, but a change in developers delayed design and construction for several years. However, the wait was worth it – the four-story, 120-room hotel offers guests a sleek, modern design and high-tech amenities in a highly-desirable location.
Revised and customized
When Vishal Mody, principal with Houston-based Clarus Hotels, took over ownership he obtained new permits and revised the hotel’s original design. “We made the rooms a little bit larger and added several custom interior design features not found at other Home2 Suites locations,” he said. “Those include stone facades in the lobby area, larger 55-inch in-room televisions, upgraded bathrooms, unique vinyl wall treatments, custom artwork and more contemporary color schemes. We wanted to create something distinctive and special for Westchase District and we’re really proud of the result.”
The pet-friendly hotel features kitchenettes in every room, free parking, free breakfast and free wireless Internet access. A fitness room features a pulley machine and dumbbells ranging up to 75 pounds. A spacious laundry area is equipped with multiple washers and dryers. A 670-square-foot meeting space can be customized to clients’ needs. Two separate outdoor patios with barbecue grills, one next to a fire pit and another next to a saline-based pool round out the hotel’s amenities.
Tracking Environmental Impact: Vishal Mody, owner of the Home2 Suites by Hilton Houston Westchase, explains Hilton Worldwide’s LightStay system, which measures the hotel’s energy use.
The Home2 Suites brand incorporates environmentally-conscious operations and amenities into its hotels, from low-maintenance landscaping and a saline-based swimming pool to Energy Star-rated appliances and dual-flush toilets. “Our rooftop solar panels provide about 10 percent of the hotel’s energy and guests are able to track our energy use from a screen in the lobby,” said Dewayne Scott, the hotel’s general manager. “Also, we participate in Hilton’s partnership with Clean the World, a program that recycles discarded soap bars to distribute to communities in need to combat hygiene-related illnesses.”
Located just north of Richmond Avenue, Home2 Suites sits next to an undeveloped plot where Westchase District plans to construct a four-acre park that will include a dog park, a performance pavilion and space for food trucks. The hotel’s proximity to the future park, which will connect to the District’s trail system, will provide guests with a set of amenities unmatched in the area. “We don’t have the drive-by exposure of some of our competitors, but I think the future dog park will be a huge amenity for our guests staying with their pets,” said Taylin Hassell, the hotel’s sales director. “Already our guests love using the trails. We’re so excited about the park!”
In addition to easy access to the trail system and upcoming park, the hotel is a short walk from the Robinson-Westchase Neighborhood Library, Whole Foods and CVS. For reservations, call 832-295-4800.