Travel Tuesday: 10 Reasons to Stay at Homewood Suites by Hilton

I can totally understand why Homewood Suites by Hilton’s tagline is “Be at Home”. I had not stayed in one before (I am not sure why that is), but I was so pleasantly surprised and wowed by the amenities, space and comfort of home during my trip to Charleston last week. I found that many travelers, who need an extended stay, choose Homewood Suites. Not only do they offer great value, a tremendous amount of space and fully equipped kitchens, there’s so much more. I thought I would share 10 reasons to choose Homewood Suites for your next travel stay.

1. Incredible spacious studio, one and two bedroom suites. The bathrooms and showers were huge, and the sheets were SO comfortable. I even asked if I could buy some :).

2. Each suite has fully equipped kitchens with microwave, full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, double burner, toaster, coffee maker and place settings and utensils for four people.

3. Complimentary grocery shopping service. How cool is that? I want to move in!

4. Complimentary daily full hot breakfast and evening dinner with drinks every Monday-Thursday. Healthy and gluten-free options are offered as well.

5. Complimentary high speed internet in all suites. There’s also a lodge and meeting rooms if you need some type of meeting or party space or even a spot to do your favorite workout video.

6. Swimming pool, grills and fitness center that is open 24 hours a day.

7. They have a 24-hour service convenience store and complementary laundry.

8. Great work space with a super comfortable desk chair (I wanted one).

9. The most friendly and passionate staff I have seen in a long time.

10. Because, honestly, you will feel just like you are at home.

Holiday How-to Class at Four Seasons Atlanta

When I think of a luxurious hotel, I always think of the “Four Seasons”. I have never actually stayed a Four Seasons hotel (until now), but I have visited many. When I was traveling in Milan this summer, I visited the Four Seasons Milan. Trust me. If I ever get the opportunity to go to Milan again, I will definitely want to stay there. The closest Four Seasons hotel to me is The Four Seasons Atlanta. So, when I heard about their “Holiday How-To Classes”, I put it on my to-do list. The Saturday afternoon 1 1/2 hour class was packed with great food and recipes, entertaining ideas and even new friends.

The class started with Executive Chef, Robert Gerstenecker, teaching us how to make Candied Pecans with only 3 ingredients. So easy and so good…

Chef Gerstenecker shared recipes that that make entertaining easy. He taught us how to prepare several crostini appetizers such as Pimiento Cheese, Chicken Liver Pate and a creative Red Pepper Dip. He demonstrated how to make Homemade Cheese Crackers which are only 5 ingredients (I couldn’t stop eating them).

He also proved that Kale Chips are so easy to make and delicious. Most of the women at my table had not tried kale chips before and were hooked.

Next, The Four Seasons Mixologist, Matthew Buckly, demonstrated how to make some holiday cocktails. Oh darn!

The Candy Cane Martini demonstration was hugely popular. (I’m so glad he gave us the recipe.)


Floral Designer, James Hurley, gave us a flower arranging 101. I need this desperately. We learned how to create the napkin holder (top picture above), how to make individual place cards with fresh herbs and raffia, and how to make a pretty table arrangement. We turned this (below)

into this (below).

When the class was over, I explored the hotel. Since it was too cold outside, I found the perfect spot for relaxation or a workout. This indoor pool was was the perfect place to warm up.

And who wouldn’t want to step into this this jacuzzi?

The Four Seasons Atlanta also is equipped with a great workout facility, and the locker rooms were fully equipped with sauna, steam and everything you could ever need.

The Four Seasons Atlanta is located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta right near Piedmont Park, The Atlanta Botanical Gardens, The Georgia Aquarium, The High Museum of Art, The Fox Theater, World of Coca Cola and more. Since I needed to do some holiday shopping, I headed over to Atlantic Station which is an incredible venue for families with great stores so close by. The Four Seasons Atlanta is a truly special big city family destination or a great couples getaway.