By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
A new six-story, 107-unit Home2 Suites hotel will be built in Gilbert at Val Vista Drive and Market Street under plans presented to the city planning commission by developer KWB. Upon completion, that hotel will be followed by a five-story, 103-unit Candlewood Suites on the same 5.4-acre site.
Home2 Suites is a general service hotel under the Hilton Hotels flag and generally targets tourists and business travelers. Candlewood is an IHG Hotels brand and serves extended-stay travelers. The two facilities will share guest amenities and parking.
Materials for the Home2 Suites building will feature natural and medium-grey stone on the first floor level, with fiber cement siding and aluminum detailing on floors two through six. Colors are desert shades with green and other accent colors associated with the hotel’s brand image. Conceptual plans also call for a porte cochere at the entrance.
The Candlewood Suites design will offer a varied façade and a decorative cornice at the roofline. The pedestrian level will feature natural-colored stone, and an EIFS application of earth tones and detailed scoring will establish the look for floors two through five.
Landscaping on the site will consist of acacia, palo verde and mesquite trees with accent shrubs that include thunder cloud and rio bravo sage, bird of paradise and deer grass, as well as a variety of ground covers.