Hotel Review: Home2 Suites by Hilton – Frisco Texas
When I was booking hotels for my recent weekend trip to Frisco, I saw the Home2 had a rate of $98 a night. I decided this would be a good opportunity for me to write a review about this new hotel chain that just opened in February of 2011.
The Home2 Brand is an all-suite extended-stay hotel that has a kitchen as well as a sitting area in every room. The entire Home2 brand is setting out to be a very energy conscious brand of Hilton. They use low water flow shower heads, florescent light bulbs, bulk shower products and all Energy Star rated products.
The Frisco, Texas Home2 opened in November of 2012 and is a five-story 122 room hotel. The outside architecture of the hotel is very modern and is comparable to the outside of a Hyatt Place. When you first enter the hotel you go into their large sitting/work area which they call the ‘Oasis’. They claim when people stay in an extended stay hotel for more than a few days, that people have the need to work around others so that was their answer to that problem.
I didn’t arrive at the hotel until 3 AM Upon my arrival they told me they were waiting for me and check-in took under a minute and I was on my way up to my room.
Upon entering the room you start off in the small kitchen area, and to your right you will find the bathroom. For their hygiene products they use Neutrogena products in bulk. While it would not be my first choice for hair and bath products, it was better than the other products I have used at similar hotels. My personal favorite is still those of the Element SPG hotel chain.
Right past the bathroom there was a couch and a folding curtain make-shift wall that separated the kitchen/sitting area from the bedroom. This was followed by the beds on the right side, and across from the beds was the TV and shelving for clothing. I know there are many people who fall asleep to the TV running, and unfortunately there is no sleep mode on this one. On the bright side, the programming is provided by DirecTV which allows you to use their program guide and navigation, much better than all of the other hotels in this regard.
I had a great nights sleep on the mattress provided. For anyone interested, it was a Serta Suite Dreams mattress.
While I think their room could have used a bigger window for some more natural light, it was very spacious and comfortable for my needs. The most glaring downfall that Home2 needs to work on is the breakfast provided.
The breakfast is free for everyone, but compared to the Element by SPG, it could use a bit of work. Their hot breakfast sandwich comes in a clear plastic wrapper which you put it in the oven. It reminded me of the sandwiches they give out in public school lunches. Unfortunately, even when cooked it tastes very rubbery.
Overall the Home2 hotel is off to a great start. It is beautifully accommodated for the price point at which it stands. It is in a notable area with many stores and restaurants near it, and not to mention Lake Lewisville.