“Free To Be You” at Home2Suites

By Lara Dunning

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In the lobby, the first thing I notice about the newly opened Home2Suites in Bellingham is its modern, stream-lined furniture and the contemporary color scheme of blues, reds, greens, oranges and yellows. The hotel by Hilton made an array of green choices from the recycled carpet and countertops, to china, and a saline pool. The result: hip and engaging.

The King Studio Suites are an extension of environmentally friendly and modern comforts. Each has a king size bed with microfiber and allergen protectant sheets, bedside tables with an array of technology outlets, an open closet, dresser and an HDTV. The living area has a queen size sofa bed and a working wall which includes a pull-out desk and a Humanscale ergonomic chair. The kitchen is fully stocked with plates, flatware, glasses, cookware, a toaster, fridge, microwave, dishwasher and guests may check out an induction portable cooktop and skillet at the front desk. This location also has eight King Room Suites, which have a separated living space with a dining area and a bathtub. And, there’s no need to leave your four legged friend behind for pets are welcome too.

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With all the amenities it’s easy to embrace Home2Suites’s “Free To Be You” philosophy. Need to work the kinks in your muscles out? Take a dip in the saline swimming pool and hot tub. Got a hankering for your own BBQ? Grill up dinner at the outdoor grill area. Want to keep up your exercise routine? Jump on the tread mill, elliptical or bike machine. Want to sip on your favorite beverage on a balmy night? Soak up the cushy atmosphere at the outdoor fireplace. Need some serious play time? Check a game out and head down to the game room, which is a unique addition to the property.

One can work, play, dine-in and unwind exactly how they like.

I drive into downtown Bellingham for dinner at La Fiamma Wood Fired Pizza, one of the hotels “Local Flavor” recommendations. It takes around eleven minutes to get there and I’m not disappointed with my order of tender meatballs in a San Marzano style tomato sauce and rosemary lemonade.

After dinner I do some laps in the saline pool and then slip into the hot tub. It’s late evening and through the windows the sky shifts to darker blue with trails of apricot and pink. When I get out my skin is soft with no hint of chlorine. Back in my room I easily hook up to the free WiFi and surf the internet while resting on the couch. A little bit later I plug my device in on the night stand and fall asleep in a roomy and comfy bed.

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At breakfast, there are plenty of choices like egg sandwiches on ciabatta, omelets, yogurt, fruit, bagels, cereal and multigrain waffles with buckwheat. I make a waffle with low-sugar syrup and find a place to sit in the Oasis. Sunshine spills through the windows and the atmosphere is jovial. An extended family shares their last vacation meal together, a handful of business men read the paper, and couples savor the morning lull before their daily activities. Later, Craig Schultz, the Director of Sales, tells me they encourage guests to make the Oasis their own homey space. Presently, there are guests that arrange the tables and chairs to play cards in the afternoon.

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After breakfast Schultz gives me a tour of the property. He has worked in the hotel industry for over seventeen years and his eyes light up when he talks about being part of the Home2Suites team and their Green philosophy. Using sustainable elements is an important factor for Home2Suites. This can be found everywhere, like the 65% recycled carpeting and the recycled tire flooring in the Fitness Center. Guest rooms have dual flush toilets and Energy Star rated appliances. Real china, recycled glass and bamboo are used instead of plastic. All food waste is recycled and recycling bins are in each room and floor. Outside, the landscaping consists of indigenous-only plants, which reduces water usage. In an age where being environmentally conscious is becoming more prevalent a hotel based on green practices makes me enthusiastic too.

Easily accessed off I-5 Home2Suites is located less than an hour away from the Canadian border, two miles from the Bellingham International Airport, less than five minutes away from Bellis Fair Mall and a little over ten minutes away from downtown Bellingham. Whether traveling for work or play it’s ideally situated and designed for any type of traveler.