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Homewood Suites brings long-term stay option to South Jeffco

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By AJ Vicens

Companies based in South Jeffco have one more option when it comes to housing temporary employees after the Homewood Suites opened Oct. 8, offering an upscale, long-term hotel option.

Only problem is, those who stay there may not want to leave.

"It's just like home," said Jim Land, who also is general manager of the new hotel's sister property across the street, the Hampton Inn.

Land would be right if every wayfarer had a plush queen- or king-size bed at home, along with a flat-screen LG television and free high-speed Internet in every room.

As it stands, Homewood Suites, just south of West Ken Caryl Avenue and South Shaffer Drive, may be a step up from home and hearth.

Facing the Hogback, which is just a stone's throw to the west, Homewood offers 84 rooms, from studio suites to two-bedroom suites. Every room has a kitchen with a stovetop, coffee maker, dishwasher and full-size refrigerator. There is a full set of dishes in every room as well. A hot breakfast is offered each morning, along with a meal served four nights a week in a space just off the lobby. The evening meal service will soon offer beer and wine.

The hotel also boasts a large indoor swimming pool with an adjoining hot tub and an outdoor basketball court. There are laundry machines on two of the guest floors and an exercise room with new Precor workout equipment. The hotel is part of the Hilton Honors rewards program.

Another departure from most homes is grocery-shopping services during the day. Guests can fill out a shopping list in the morning before they head to the office, and when they return, the items will be waiting for them in their rooms.

The hotel was more than two years in the making. One of the owners, Bill Novell, has spent a career in the hotel business. After growing up in the Longmont, Lyons and Boulder area, Novell left Colorado to operate hotels in Oklahoma. He sold his interest in those several years ago to return to Colorado, where he opened a Hampton Inn in Longmont. He expanded and opened the Hampton Inn across the street from his new hotel in August 2007.

Land said that opening a new hotel in the current economic climate is "scary," but that, "nobody foresaw what would happen to the stock market."

"It hasn't hit us yet, but we're preparing for it," Land said. "But there are still a lot of companies out there who think that face-to-face meetings can't be beat."

Novell said the economy was more robust more than two years ago when the project began.

"Things change, and you really can't stop in the middle,” he said. “It's not a perfect situation, but I think overall we'll do well. It may just take a year or two before we pick up good business."

Novell is the managing partner of both the Homewood Suites and the Hampton Inn across the street, and the two serve different purposes. The Hampton Inn caters to people traveling through the area and staying only a few days. Long-term stays are the focus of Homewood Suites, but Novell says anyone can stay at either hotel.

Novell just wants is to offer a quality stay for people visit South Jeffco, for a night or a month.

"Come in and look and see what you think, and we'll give you a tour," Novell said. "We're just a local company trying to provide a local service for the west side."

Homewood Suites is at 7630 Shaffer Parkway. Call the hotel at 720-981-4763.