Hilton hotels offer unique lodging on 228
It’s no secret that the Route 228 corridor is bustling and booming with activity, driven in large part by growth in the Cranberry Woods and Cranberry Springs developments, with future opportunities in the new Village of Cranberry Woods. In particular, Cranberry Woods with its high-profile employers like Westinghouse, Mine Safety Appliances, PPG, and Aesynt, as well as strong industry leaders such as Prodigo, Net App, Net Tech, and many others, has been a driving force for the Township’s ever-expanding hotel network. Cranberry is now home to eleven hotels, with four more under construction or planned for completion by the end of 2017. Yet, there is no sign of an over-saturation of the market here.
Two recent additions to Cranberry’s hotel offerings – Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites – are a direct result of the robust growth along Route 228. Managed by Vista Host, the hotels’ main business functions are to provide comfortable, convenient, and clean overnight accommodations to all business and leisure travelers in the area, according to Kaitlyn Reim-Wentworth, Vista’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. While those ambitions may not set them apart from other hotel groups, their diverse offerings make them a desirable selection for the many travelers frequenting the businesses located in Cranberry Woods.
Opening in May 2012, the 136 room Hilton Garden Inn became the first building constructed in the Village of Cranberry Woods, a mixed-use development located immediately adjacent to Cranberry Woods office park. Home2 Suites, with 79 rooms, followed in July 2014, right down the hill in Cranberry Woods proper. Both met high demand for accommodations in the area while offering unique characteristics. Home2 is a “modern, environmentally friendly, all suite property. We provide guests with all the comforts of home,” shares Reim-Wentworth. The Hilton Garden Inn presents different opportunities. “The Hilton is a sleek lodging establishment that can host your meeting or social groups and has a phenomenal restaurant where you can enjoy a meal or cocktail,” explains Reim-Wentworth.
Choosing one community for two new hotels could have been a risky endeavor, but the Township’s strong economy made the decision an easy one. Twenty years after opening its first properties here, Vista knew it needed to expand in Cranberry. As Reim-Wentworth notes, “Cranberry Township is a dynamic location with an outstanding community that we love to be a part of. Being involved in a community that has deep roots and an impressive outlook is important to us.”