As a huge travel nerd, I would definitely take a week-long vacation several times a year if I could. Long trips aren’t always practical, but one night away can feel incredibly refreshing, so that’s what I did this summer!
I wanted to spend a night somewhere that wasn’t too far from home, but far enough away that it felt like a little getaway. This little overnight trip came together perfectly.
One of my writing jobs is doing hotel and suite descriptions for Suiteness.com I recently wrote descriptions for something like 50 different Home2Suites hotels and started thinking that it would be interesting to check one out in person to improve my writing. I mentioned it to the Suiteness team, and they hooked me up with a free night! It was perfect timing because I wanted to spend some time car shopping in Springfield, so spending the night there would make it easy to test drive a bunch of cars in one trip.
Home2 Suites is a chain by Hilton that offers all-suite accommodations that are pet-friendly and perfect for extended stays. Having researched so many for my writing, I can tell you that they all have a few things in common. At every Home2Suites property (they’re all over the country!), you’ll find a complimentary breakfast buffet, a combination fitness and laundry center called Spin2Cycle, a patio area to relax on, and either an indoor or outdoor pool. In short, all of the basics for a nice stay. While I can only speak personally about the one I stayed at, this post should give you a pretty good idea about the brand in general.
Since I booked through Suiteness, I got an email from their concierge asking if I had any requests. I’d planned on popping in to shower and change clothes between my noon dressage lesson and my 2 p.m. dentist appointment, so I requested an early check-in, but my lesson ran long so I have no idea if my room was ready early as requested. I also requested the top floor, since those rooms tend to be quieter. I was placed on the 2nd out of 3 floors, but the hotel was sold out that night, so that’s understandable.
I stayed at Home2 Suites Springfield North, which as you might guess from the name is on the north side of Springfield, Missouri. The location is great – it’s near where Glenstone Avenue meets I-44, so you’re close to all kinds of restaurants and attractions, but also just off the interstate if you happen to be stopping for the night on a road trip.
Now if you went on as many road trips as I did as a kid, I know what you may be thinking. An extended stay hotel near the interstate? Is it sketchy? I can answer that with a definite NO! Although the suites are designed to be comfortable if you’re staying a while, they do start at around $150 a night so this isn’t the kind of extended stay property that you find locals living at.
Home2Suites Springfield North is actually in a perfect location if you’re visiting Springfield on vacation and want to do some sightseeing!
The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and Dickerson Park Zoo (click that one to see that time I got to feed a giraffe!) are both within a seven-minute drive. Battlefield Mall is 15 minutes away, and the Springfield Airpot (SGF) is a 15-minute drive.
Home2Suites Springfield North offers studios and one-bedroom suites. Both offer fully-equipped kitchens and living areas with pull-out sofas, the only real difference is that with the one-bedroom suite your bed is in a totally separate room, while the studio has an open floor plan. If you’re traveling with kids or friends and want some privacy, go for the one bedroom. But if you’re traveling solo or as a pair, the studio will probably meet your needs just fine.
A couple notes on the above photo: The sofa pulls out into an extra bed, and the desk is on wheels so you can move it anywhere you like!
The little booklet you can see above the desk has handy info about local restaurants and other nearby attractions, as well as hotel info.
And if you happen to be wondering what the view out that window was like:
Not terrible, not awesome.
As I mentioned, each suite has a fully-equipped kitchen! I did a quick inventory so I could share exactly what that entails with you guys:
For appliances, I had a stainless steel refrigerator, a dishwasher, a microwave, a sink, and a coffee maker.
Dishes: There were cups, plates, glasses, bowls, and a nice array of silverware.
And my personal favorite:
Having a full kitchen is awesome if you want to save time and money with in-room meals, or just keep some cold drinks and snacks handy. I stopped by my two favorite Springfield grocery stores, Lucky’s Market and Hy-Vee, on the day I checked in, so my fridge was stocked with all kinds of delicious things!
The suite came pre-stocked with a selection of coffee and tea from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, as well as a couple of bottles of water. It also has thoughtful extras like paper towels that come in handy!
Did I actually use my kitchen?
Honestly, I stashed groceries in the fridge and made a microwavable meal after getting overwhelmed with nearby restaurant options for dinner and deciding that continuing my Simpsons marathon sounded better than going out to eat.
If you happen to be a fancy person who doesn’t eat on the sofa while watching TV, there’s also a dining area. (I was fancy and ate my breakfast there the next morning, but more about that in a bit.)
In the separate bedroom, you’ll find a King-size bed, another closet, and a second TV. Both studio suites and one-bedrooms are also available with two Queen beds instead of one King.
Handy bedside charging outlets! Yay!
The bathroom is accessible from both the living room and bedroom, which is nice if you’re sharing the suite with family or friends and don’t want people to have to go through the bedroom to get to the bathroom.
This was my only real disappointment – there’s no tub! I only have a shower at home, so I was hoping for a nice relaxing soak, but it’s shower only in all of the suites. I can imagine this would also be a problem for people traveling with small kids who are used to baths. The shower was nice, though, and the bathroom is otherwise great. Lots of counter space, good lighting!
I thought it was interesting that the bathroom had both the standard mini-toiletries AND the large, eco-friendly kind attached inside the shower. Neutrogena products make me sneeze, so I didn’t use either, but I thought it was interesting since most hotels offer one or the other.
As you enter the lobby, there’s a selection of coffee available 24/7, and it was good coffee! There’s also hot water for tea and hot cocoa.
I really miss living in an apartment complex with a gym, so one of my first stops was the 24-hour fitness center! They had a nice array of cardio and strength training equipment. I was exhausted from riding earlier in the day, so I postponed working out, and then never got around to it. Oops.
One of the big draws for me was the indoor pool. I was bummed to discover that there wasn’t a hot tub, but it was still nice to unwind with a swim after a super busy day.
If you happen to be a fan of grilling, you’ll find two Weber grills for guest use. I didn’t get a photo since there were always people out there, but there was also a patio area with a fire pit right next to these.
There’s also a 24-hour market where you can pick up snacks, cold beverages, and sundries. They also had a nice selection of frozen meals, which is awesome since every room has a kitchen.
The entire hotel is non-smoking, but there is a nice, covered smoking area out front:
One of my favorite features was a walking path that ran around the hotel.
I like to go for a nice walk to unwind most evenings, so this was a great feature to have. I think it was a little over a quarter mile. It would also really nice if you’re traveling with a dog – way better than just having a small patch of grass to take them to!
To be honest, the Inspired Table breakfast at Home2Suites was a big factor in me wanting to stay here. You can only write about artisan-style breakfast bowls and make-your-own muti-grain waffles so many times without getting a little hungry. Did the complimentary breakfast live up to the hype?
They definitely have a nice selection that ranges from sweet to savory and has both hot and cold items. One popular item is the hot oatmeal with a wide variety of toppings. The toppings can also be used on the waffles. Sorry the lighting isn’t great below, but there’s fresh fruit, nuts, granola, Nutella, and more.
I may be a Florida girl at heart, but growing up in Missouri gave me a healthy appreciation for biscuits and gravy! This was my favorite part of the breakfast. Not on par with what you’d find in a great little local restaurant, but way better than I expected from a hotel.
I was a little bummed to discover that the artisan-style breakfast sandwiches had to be microwaved. I guess it makes sense since they aren’t really going to have a chef standing there cooking you some applewood smoked bacon – this isn’t a five-star hotel. They had several different flavor options (Sorry I didn’t get a photo of the others!). I don’t like eggs but it was easy to just remove that part and enjoy the bacon and gouda. One challenge I ran into with this – I just grabbed one to go prepare in my suite. The thing is, there aren’t any regular microwave instructions on it, just that “Cook Level 3”. I’m guessing the microwave down in the breakfast area had buttons just for that. I just guessed and microwaved it around a minute and it was still good. Just a heads up though!
I apologize for not getting a photo of the full breakfast area, but I was there at like 6:30 am and I really doubt the other guests want a photo of themselves first thing in the morning on some stranger’s blog, so I wanted to be respectful of that.
Overall, I had a really enjoyable stay and would definitely stay at a Home2Suites again. My suite was not that much more than a standard hotel room in the same area (Most decently nice chains nearby are about $80-100/nt). If you’re traveling with family or planning to spend a fair amount of time in your room, having the separate living room and full kitchen is REALLY nice! And if you’re booking a one-bedroom suite with two Queens, you can accommodate up to six people, making around $150/nt a total bargain.
I was given a complimentary night’s stay at the Home2 Suites from Suiteness. All opinions are my own, and no other compensation was received.