New Fort St. John hotel aimed at catering to longer-staying clientele

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A new hotel that has opened in Fort St. John could be helping to draw long-term workers to stay in the Energetic City.

The Home2Suites by Hilton recently opened at 9519 111th Street. The hotel is run by Inn-Trust Hospitality which is based in Kelowna, although the owner is originally from Fort Nelson. Inn-Trust’s chief operating officer Thom Killingsworth says that the new hotel has been designed specifically with clientele that are on a longer-than-normal stay in mind.

According to Killingsworth, the hotel’s rooms feature more furniture, with dining tables, apartment-sized fridges, convection microwave ovens that have dual functions, among other features. While breakfast is available, guest can also use induction cooktops to make other meals upon request.

In addition to the more apartment-style suites, the hotel is also more socially-oriented, with large common areas, a fire pit, barbeque pit, pool, a hospitality room, and laundry facilities adjoining the fitness area.

Killingsworth says that though rooms rates will be at market price, since the hotel is geared more towards longer stays, a longer stay can result in a discounted rate. Inn-Trust is currently in negotiations with several companies about rates.

Though it is already open, the hotel will be celebrating its Grand Opening on Thursday, September 22nd, and will feature an open house-style viewing for the public, along with door prizes. In addition, the staff will present their support of the On Our Way Home Animal Rescue Society, and their sponsorship of the Fort St. John Huskies.