MCLEAN, Va. (Dec. 1, 2011) - Home2 Suites by Hilton, a mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended-stay guests, celebrated the opening of the brand's seventh U.S. hotel with the new Lexington Park, Maryland property. This is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified hotel in the brand's portfolio. The first guest to check in today received a Godiva gift bag including a local dinner gift certificate. The hotel joins six other Home2 Suites already open in Fayetteville, N.C., Layton, Utah, Baltimore, Md., San Antonio, Texas, West Valley City, Utah, and North Charleston, N.C.
"Lexington Park is the perfect location for an extended stay offering, with the many military establishments and government contractors located in the area," said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites by Hilton. "We are proud to open our first LEED certified hotel in Maryland, as sustainability is a key aspect for the Home2 brand concept. We look forward to continuing to grow Home2's presence in the state."
The four-story, 100-suite hotel is located at 46058 Valley Drive, Lexington Park, Md., directly across the street from Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The property includes 92 queen studio suites and 8 one-bedroom queen suites. Nearby businesses include Lockheed Martin, Boeing, SAIC and Northrop Grumman. The hotel is close to the town's restaurants and shops.
The property is owned by Lexington Park Hotel Partners III and managed by Cherry Cove Hospitality Management, LLC. The building was constructed by Herman/Stewart Construction, who has extensive LEED certified hospitality construction experience.
"We are proud to be opening our fourth Hilton property in southern Maryland, and look forward to building our second Home2 Suites in Aberdeen, Maryland in 2012," said Brian Norris, COO of Cherry Cove Hospitality.
The hotel received the second level of LEED accreditation, due in part to the standard Home2 appointments that the brand incorporates to promote sustainability throughout all properties. These include low-flow showers and faucets, CFL light bulbs, dual-flush toilets, recycled flooring, saline pools, Energy Star appliances, and carpet, material and surfaces made from recycled product and other sustainable product selections. Home2 properties also use real dishes, glasses and mugs instead of disposable place settings. The landscaping features indigenous plants, which significantly minimizes water usage and irrigation needs.
The Lexington Home2 Suites also incorporated other features to achieve silver LEED accreditation:
-- An energy model projected to save 32 percent in annual energy costs
-- Storm Water controls to absorb rainwater back into the ground, rather than running directly to the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.
-- Underground parking area that will help reduce the impervious footprint of the facility and its Heat Island effect
The hotel also offers easy access to technology and bright, inviting community spaces, as well as the trademark Home2 Suites amenities standard in all properties, such as the Oasis lobby area, the Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items, Spin2 Cycle and the "Inspired Table" complimentary breakfast. All guest suites include the proprietary Home2 Suites "working wall" that incorporates the kitchen and flexible working space connecting separate living and bedroom zones. A fully accessorized kitchen contains a refrigerator/freezer with icemaker, dishwasher, place settings for six, microwave oven and coffee maker. The media/working zone includes a full size sofa/sleeper, 42-inch flat screen TV, roll-around ottoman, ambient task lighting, iHome alarm clock with iPod port and MP3 jack, and various pieces of furniture which can be moved around to create customized living spaces and adjustable storage options.
Source: Hilton Worldwide