Homewood Suites completes upgrade in Brandon
TAMPA - Homewood Suites Tampa-Brandon, 10240 Palm River Road, has been undergoing a $2 million renovation. Changes include aesthetically refreshing the 7-year-old hotel and improving its compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for kitchens, public rooms, water fountains and restrooms, said Jason Bargar, general manager. "Our target market is not a one- or two-night, local person, although, of course we welcome them," said Bargar, newly arrived in Brandon from Colorado with his wife and two children. "We're really geared to long-term stays. We have some guests who stay weeks at a time, some who live in the hotel, for work purposes, for housing relocations." Floods, fires, storms and other disasters sometimes displace people from their homes, and insurance companies will put them in the hotel, said Bargar.Every room is a suite, with a full kitchen with a stovetop, so guests can eat in. The hotel management offers daily free, hot breakfasts, and on Monday through Thursday evenings they provide a complimentary, manager's reception/light meal such as Salisbury steak, corn on the cob and mashed potatoes. "This is a seven-year milestone renovation," said Bargar. "It's exciting; the look is updated now. We had a really nice-looking property before, but when you throw in contemporary chairs and carpet, it makes it feel like a brand-new hotel and gives our guests something they can come back to and enjoy." Send news of community interest to Barbara Routen at Neighbors@tampabay.rr.com.