The pet-friendly brand is one of Hilton’s new off-shoots that’s geared toward a younger crowd, but it’s also after the business market. The pet-friendly feature is a big draw, but Steinert says the extended stay offering also draws the business traveler in. Suites come with a full kitchen, so if your business has you booked in town for a lengthy period of time, your hotel room can feel a little more like home.
Steinert’s Home2 Suites is located on North Glenstone Avenue right off I-65 and I-44, and he owns the Hampton Inn that sits in front of the Home2 Suites property. When he looks around at the hotels that line Glenstone Avenue, he mostly sees properties that are aging out of the system. “Oasis is 60 years old,” he says, “and DoubleTree is 40 years old.” What Springfield needs, according to Steinert, is a new upscale hotel. He argues that a higher price point property wouldn’t hurt the already oversaturated market and could help draw in more visitors. As the market grows, Steinert knows competition is going to become even more tense. He knows his occupancy rate was down at the start of 2018, and he knows the market is oversaturated, but he remains optimistic.