For Business Travelers: Comfort On The Road Is Paramount

Frequent business travelers are looking to make their travel as comfortable and “normal” as possible, the Workstyles Study conducted by Hilton‘s Homewood Suites found. Work-life balance is a becoming a popular catchphrase amongst frequent business travelers who want room to spread out, the ability to maintain a normal routine and opportunities to interact with business associates and fellow travelers.

The most frequent complaint amongst respondents (32%) is that they missed their “normal routine,” a statistic up 12% from the 2012 study. Business travelers specifically missed their kitchens (25%), up 18% from 2010.

Business Travel Isn’t Going Anywhere

Being on the road can wear on travelers, with 34% also responding that the biggest obstacle of business travel is simply “being away from home.” In an effort to feel more at ease in their surroundings, two-thirds of travelers take the time to unpack their suitcase.

This “wear and tear” on travelers doesn’t mean that business travel will cease, however. Nearly three-quarters of respondents agree that traveling for work is the most effective way to do business, and one-third have made what they would call an “important business connection” while socializing at a hotel.“Corporate travelers are emphasizing both how to maximize value for their travel expenditures and their productivity while traveling,” said Bjorn Hanson, Dean, New York University Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management in a release. “Business travelers are indicating increased willingness to try new brands this year, so extended-stay hotels, for example, will help extend their travel budgets and meet their business needs.”

Most Important Amenities

Most travelers work an hour or more a day in their hotel rooms, choosing the desk or the living room for their workspace. Internet (88%) is the most used amenity, but a number of factors play a role in the booking decision.

Travelers prefer healthier food options versus enhanced fitness facilities (69%) but also place a heavy emphasis on value and location (34% each) as well as a “large, comfortable room” (63%).

“In 2012 the hotel industry has seen a rebound in business travel, but returning guests are now demanding more than just a fiscal value,” said a Hilton representative in a release. “Less impressed by bells and whistles, they want amenities and services that deliver both comfort and productivity.”

The study profiled nearly 600 business travelers.

Homewood Suites by Hilton helps national expansion of “Books For Kids” libraries

Staying in the spirit of the holiday season, Homewood Suites by Hilton has teamed up with the Books for Kids childhood education advocacy group.

Books for Kids helps provide books to “at risk” kids, helping with new books, and reading programs.

In October, the partnership yielded a massive result – a brand new library in Washington D.C. filled with 1,000 new books. The Library used to be an unused classroom, but thanks to the help from Homewood Suites team members, it was transformed into an amazing room with duck benches and reading forts.

Over the next several years, the two plan to build more libraries – which is where you can help. On the Homewood Suites Books for Kids site, you can learn how to donate to this fantastic cause.

Share your favorite holiday sweets and win a Homewood Suites stay!

Can you believe that Christmas is a mere 47 days away? Seeing holiday cookies and other festive items in stores suddenly doesn’t seem so odd anymore.

The Homewood Suites “Sweets for a Suite” contest is all about holiday sweets – and by sharing your favorites, you can enter to win a two night stay at the Homewood Suites property of your choice.

Entering is simple – all you need is a Facebook and Twitter account. Once you’ve followed Homewood Suites, you simply tweet telling them what your favorite holiday treat recipe is.

Rules, ways to enter and other fine print can be found at the contest site over at Of course, once you enter the contest, the best part is following the Sweets for a Suite Twitter hashtag to learn recipes by other contestants.

Right now, I’m learning how to make pecan tassies and peanut butter fudge. The holiday season can’t come soon enough!

Good luck entering the contest!

Win ONE MILLION Hilton points with Homewoodstories

What would you do with a million HHonors points? Me? I’d probably spend a good week in the Conrad Maldives, take pictures of my gorgeous villas and send them incessantly to all of my friends and family. Or perhaps I might book an entire hotel for one night and have a massive party with all of my friends.

But who’s got a million points? Well, you could actually win them with Homewood Suites new contest, Homewood Stories. The Hilton business suite brand is soliciting entries that tell the story of successful (dare we say glorious?) Homewood stays, from stories of serendipitous happenstance to full on, outstanding customer support. One winner will be chosen at the end of the contest to win the grand prize.

Right now the entries are pretty paltry, but you can reasonably bet that competition is going to pick up pretty fiercely. Video, audio and text entries are accepted, so get out your video camera, dust off you blue ruffled tuxedo and get your game face on — one million HHpoints doesn’t come without creativity, work and luck.

[flickr photo via muha]

Homewood Suites helps you plan a family reuinion with a 5-room giveaway

The Homewood Suites chain of hotels is a great choice for family trips, and family reunions. The all-suites chain has over 300 properties all around the country, and with a free breakfast and free managers reception during the week, the chain is a very affordable way to spend some time at a fairly upscale property.

This summer, the chain is going to make the task of organizing a family reunion even easier, by paying for your rooms! Their family reunion giveaway includes five suites, for a two night stay at any Homewood Suites property!

To enter, all you need to do is follow the Homewood Suites account on Twitter, and become their fan on Facebook. Then drop them an email with pictures, links, videos or a note about your “unusual, interesting, funny and/or heartwarming family reunion”.

You have till June 27th to enter. For full details and rules, check out the contest page over at

(Photo from Flickr/CC J’Roo)