ATLANTA—IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) announced the opening of the first Candlewood Suites hotel to include the brand’s new interior design package, created with graduate students at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
“When the time came to make updates to our suites and public spaces, it made sense that we partner with SCAD, who delivered exceptional results when we worked with students on a similar project for our Staybridge Suites brand,” said Robert Radomski, vice president, Global Brand Management, Extended Stay Brands, IHG, in an announcement. “We are very pleased with the results; the modernized designs with fresh colors, residential touches and functional spaces will make life on the road easier and more comfortable for our guests.”
The overall design concept for Candlewood Suites hotels is called “Haven,” which sets out to capture thoughts of rest, refuge, and sanctuary. Within the concept are two distinct design schemes—the “Nest” scheme, with earthy green hues, is featured at the North Little Rock hotel, and “Harbor” which features warm blue colors. The new designs also feature sustainability, flexibility, and storage; the latter two are especially important to extended stay travelers, who live in hotels for weeks or months at a time. This project follows the redesign of the Staybridge Suites standardized room décor by SCAD students in 2009.
Amenities at the Candlewood Suites North Little Rock include complimentary high-speed Internet access, free local phone calls, free on-site guest laundry, and a 24-hour fitness center. Guests can also enjoy the Candlewood Cupboard, where a variety of beverages, breakfast items, snacks, frozen entrees and sundries can be purchased on the honor system at any time and where guests can enjoy complimentary Maxwell House coffee around the clock. The North Little Rock hotel will donate all proceeds from the Candlewood Cupboard to the brand’s charity of choice, Give Kids the World. Additionally, guests of the Candlewood Suites North Little Rock can visit the free Lending Library, where movies are available for use in guestrooms, which all feature a flat screen television with DVD player.
The Candlewood Suites North Little Rock features the brand’s new Lending Locker concept, currently in pilot mode. Guests can borrow commonly needed items that they can’t typically travel with, like extra lighting, small kitchen appliances, and desk fans. Like the Candlewood Cupboard, the Lending Locker is run on the honor system.
Candlewood Suites guestrooms feature studio or one-bedroom suite floor plans with a full kitchen, recliner, large workspace with desk chair, and overhead lighting.
“We’re excited to be the first Candlewood Suites to open in with the new designs” said Kal Makan, general manager. “Candlewood Suites hotels are carefully designed to meet the particular needs of extended-stay travelers and these new designs bring that to the next level. Our guests will find that the design of our spacious suites and the hotel’s amenities will allow them to live comfortably and keep a daily routine similar to that of home.”