Homewood Suites hoping to find home in Steamboat lodging scene
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Last week, as construction workers were hard at work taking care of the final details before Steamboat Springs’ newest hotel opens its doors, Bob Amin, and his wife, Awani, sat down to share their hopes that this property will be at home in Steamboat’s competitive lodging scene.
“I figured that people who come here typically stay three or more nights,” Amin said. “They may not want to eat out every single night, and they want a larger room because they are staying for such a long time, so I figured this might work here. Not only can we compete with the hotels, but we can also compete with the condos.”
Amin broke ground for the Homewood Suites by Hilton in August 2017, and those who have driven along U.S. Highway 40 on the east side of Steamboat Springs have watched as the 84-room, 73,000-square-foot hotel has risen to take its place in the skyline south of Steamboat.
The hotel includes an outdoor patio area, game room, indoor swimming pool, business center and state-of-the-art fitness center. It also has a large dining and seating area, called The Lodge, that will feature a hot breakfast seven mornings per week and evening socials four evenings each week.
The evening socials will take place Monday through Thursday and offer guests a chance to enjoy beverages as well as small plate offerings in an inviting, home-like atmosphere. That same homey feeling will be found throughout the hotel, General Manager David Bradshaw said.
“We want the home feel, so it’s going to be home away from home,” said Bradshaw. “It has the amenities you would expect to find in your home away from home. … Including full-sized refrigerators, cook tops and microwaves.”
This is a new property for Amin, but he is not new to the lodging business in Steamboat Springs. He previously owned the Fairfield Inn and La Quinta in Steamboat Springs. He sold both of those properties to focus his attention on the new Homewood Suites almost two years ago.
“It’s family oriented,” Amin said. “We have the game room, we have the bar and a nice swimming pool area. So, the kids could be out there, and the parents can be at the bar or at the fire pit area.”
Bradshaw said guests will find state-of-the-art amenities and high-end finishes that have been blended with a cozy mountain feel. The lobby is decorated with large photographs and art that reflects Steamboat Springs history and heritage. The patio even has a barbecue guests can use.
“We want all of our guest to be very comfortable,” Amin said. “For example, all our rooms stay at 35% humidity, and we have a top of the line HVAC system to make sure the guest are always comfortable whether they are in one of the public spaces or in their room.”
The majority of the rooms are double queens, but there are also king rooms, one-bedroom suites and accessible rooms.
“There are a lot of options for all of our hotel guests,” Bradshaw said. “We also have all the modern ADA options, as well.”
Amin said he had hoped to open the hotel earlier this winter, but that was not possible because of the tight labor market and the fact he had to go to Denver for workers. But, he said the hotel plans to make the most of the time before the summer rush arrives.
“It doesn’t really bother us because it kind of sets us up for fixing up every little detail and training the staff,” Amin said. “So, we really don’t care. It’s a chance to get the employees trained and set the culture.”
Amin said that local contractors like Central Electric, Win Supplies, Snow White Carpet Cleaning, Duckels and Giovonni construction helped get the hotel open as quickly as possible. Without their help, he said, the wait could have been even longer.
“I want to thank my wife for supporting me through all of this, and my mom and dad,” Amin said. “It would not have been possible without them.”
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