HANFORD — The newest hotel in the Hanford scene is the Home2 Suites by Hilton.
Located near the corner of 12th and Glendale avenues, the new building is decorated and set up like it has mini apartments in a large home and has a staff that works to make it feel like the guests' home for their stay.
Generally, a hotel room there costs $120 to $170 a night. When you stay for more than 30 consecutive days the rate can drop to $99 a night.
This hotel is designed for guests who are staying for an extended period of time, more than a four-night stay. The general manager, Frances Perkins, said they have mostly housed business people with work to do in the Hanford area and military personnel visiting the base.
“Our guest base is looking like a lot of corporate travel,” said Perkins. “Everybody comes here to work; nobody is really vacationing in Hanford.
Michael Sheehan from Oakridge, Tennessee, is currently doing work in the area as a PG&E contracted safety professional and will be staying at Home2 Suites for around four months.
“I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the staff, from the manager to the housekeepers. They are so nice and helpful,” Sheehan said.
Perkins' background is not originally in hospitality.
Native to Lemoore, Perkins went to DeVry University to study computer information systems. While there, she fell in love with the hospitality business while working at a Sheraton hotel in North Phoenix. After finishing her degree, Perkins decided to move back to her hometown.
“I love Lemoore,” Perkins said. “My family is in Lemoore, and honestly I was homesick.”
Upon her return to Lemoore, she took a job at the Best Western, formerly Holiday Inn Express. Now after working her way up the ladder, she is the general manager of Home2 Suites and the director of operations at Best Western in Lemoore.
The first thing guests see when walking into the front entrance is an outdoor patio that has an automatic fire pit that turns on around sunset.
This mid-scale hotel has room amenities such as cookware, tableware, dishwasher, microwave and a full-sized fridge.
As someone who likes to cook, Sheehan wishes there was a stove in his room, but is sated by the hotplate the hotel provided. He also appreciates the location, saying it is within walking distance to the chain restaurants near Hanford Mall.
Perkins said the Home2 Suites option is mostly available on the East Coast. The Hanford location is the fourth one in California.
Of all the hotels he has stayed in, Sheehan said Home2 Suites here in Hanford is much better than most and he plans to look for this style of hotel in future travels.