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Baywood Hotels Combining History and Moderism in New Home2 Suites by Hilton®
in Historic San Antonio Property Near River Walk

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (September 9, 2010) – Home2 Suites by Hilton, the newest and fastest growing brand in the history of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands, announced yesterday it will build its third U.S. property in San Antonio.  The new Home2 Suites, a mid-tier, extended-stay hotel targeting budget-conscious business and leisure travelers, will be built inside the South Texas Building, also known historically as the Central Trust Company Building.  Construction has already begun on the four-story, 120-suite hotel, which is the brand’s first retrofit project.  The majority of Home2 Suites will be new builds. Homes2 Suites executives joined with community leaders yesterday to celebrate the first Texas location for Home2 Suites. 

The property is owned and will be developed and managed by Baywood Hotels, one of the fastest growing hotel management and development companies in the country.  The hotel is projected to open and two additional Home2 Suites are set to break ground in San Antonio next year.

“We jumped at the chance to introduce Home2 Suites to the Texas market,” said Susana Garcia, regional director of sales for Baywood Hotels. “The South Texas building is a beautiful structure and we plan to maintain the integrity of the building’s exterior while breathing new life into the interior.”
Located at 603 Navarro Street in San Antonio’s central business district, this Beaux Arts Style commercial/office building was opened in 1919 and is significant because of its uncommon style and its association with Sanguinet and Staats – one of Texas’ most prestigious, early twentieth century architectural firms.  The hotel’s proximity to the San Antonio River Walk will provide convenient access for tourists and business travelers alike.

“We are extremely confident in the success of this brand,” said Bill Duncan, global head, brand management, Home2 Suites by Hilton. “This particular Home2 Suites location is unique in that it is being developed in a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  We believe the combination of history and modernism in this hotel will especially appeal to visitors of San Antonio.”

“The San Antonio Conservation Society is pleased to see the historic Central Trust Company Building, more recently known as the South Texas Building, revitalized and adapted to a new use,” said Rollette Schreckenghost, president of the San Antonio Conservation Society. “Completed in 1919, it was the tallest building in our city at that time.”

Amenities will include an indoor saline pool, the Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items, an integrated guest laundry and fitness room, and innovative meeting and social gathering spaces.  The property features The Oasis, an industry-leading expanded community space that includes communal and individual work zones, wireless access, a 52” flat-screen TV and a complimentary breakfast service area that provides one of the most expansive continental breakfasts in this segment of the hospitality industry.  The Oasis encourages a social environment where guests can obtain information on the local area, check e-mail and connect with others. 

Guest rooms will provide separate living and bedroom zones, as well as a fully accessorized kitchen containing a refrigerator/freezer with icemaker, dishwasher, microwave/convection oven and coffee maker.  The living area has a queen-size sofa/sleeper, 42-inch flat-screen TV, roll-around ottoman, ambient and task lighting and “hip and humble” brand artwork.  All guest rooms include the proprietary Home2 Suites “working wall” that incorporates the kitchen and flexible working space with a moveable desk, room to spread out and display work or mementos from home, and adaptable storage options. 

The Home2 Suites brand is committed to environmentally conscious practices.  In addition to recycling throughout the hotel, features include low flow showers and faucets, biodegradable food trays, CFL lightbulbs, dual flush toilets, recycled flooring, Energy Star appliances, carpet and surfaces made from recycled product and other sustainable product selections.

About Home2 Suites by Hilton
Home2 Suites by Hilton, the newest addition to the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands, is a mid-tier, extended-stay hotel concept designed to offer stylish accommodations, flexible guest room configurations and inspired amenities for the cost-conscious guest.  As the fastest growing brand in the history of Hilton Worldwide, Memphis, Tenn-based Home2 Suites offers a complimentary breakfast selection; innovative and customizable guest room design; combination laundry and fitness area; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access; multiple outdoor spaces; 24-hour business center; expansive community spaces; and a commitment to environmentally friendly products and hotel operations. For more information about Home2 Suites by Hilton visit  For information on franchising opportunities, visit

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels.  For 91 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value.  The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands.  Its brands are comprised of more than 3,600 hotels and 600,000 rooms in 81 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.  The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.  For more information about the company, visit

Brad Carmony
Director, Brand Public Relations
Home2 Suites by Hilton
+1 901 374 6518
Susana Garcia
Regional Director of Sales
Baywood Hotels
+1 210 340 9991


Also See: Home2 Suites by Hilton Approves Six New Locations in First Quarter 2010 / April 2010

Home2 Suites by Hilton Identifies the Locations of the First 50 Signed Franchise Applications / July 2009

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