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2011 Best Hotel for Business Guests: h2hotel

Author: Julie Fadda
May, 2011 Issue

h2hotel has been voted Best Hotel for Business Guests in the 2011 NorthBay biz readers poll.

 
It’s been open for less than a year, but h2hotel has already won the hearts of NorthBay biz readers. Built entirely green and with top-notch amenities and services, this stylish, modern and unique hotel was voted Best Hotel for Business Guests right off the bat. Not a bad start for the new kid on the block.

“Whenever possible throughout the construction process, all the materials used were reclaimed or sustainable,” says Circe Sher, part owner of both the h2hotel and Hotel Healdsburg (the same group—which also includes Paolo Petrone, Merritt Sher and John Holt—owns both properties). “Twenty-five percent of the roof is covered in solar panels, which heat the pool and some of the water,” she continues. “The rest is a living roof, which helps insulate the property from heat and cold. Another reason we did the roof is because the hotel is next to Foss Creek, and we’re committed to its restoration. The runoff from the roof won’t flood storm drains or dump contaminants into the creek.” The property is set to be LEED Gold certified this year, and its long list of green features attracts a lot of people.  

The hotel features 36 guest rooms, each with a garden or town view, outdoor balconies, glass walk-in showers, workstations with free wireless Internet and water bars with purified sparkling and still water on each floor. Guests can also enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, a full-service restaurant and bar (Spoonbar, which is now open for lunch), complimentary cruising bicycles, onsite yoga on Sundays, monthly cocktail making classes on Saturdays as well as other special events. “There’s always something lively happening at h2hotel,” says Sher.

“The guest rooms and meeting space are specifically designed for business travelers,” says Jason Farmer, sales director. “There are nice work areas in each room with enough space to spread out, while, at the same time, leisure travelers don’t feel like they’re in an office.”

“People love the rooms,” adds Sher. “They like the clean and minimal décor. Every room is well designed and very efficient. We built a model room to make sure everything was right before building the rest,” she says. “And our staff gets a lot of compliments for their service.”

“There are complimentary computers and printers on each floor, and any copying, faxing or shipping people need can be done through the front desk as well,” says Farmer. “The meeting room can accommodate anywhere from one to 50 people. It has an 8-by-8-foot pull-down screen, a 60-inch flat screen for presentations and video conferencing, recycled rubber chairs and a hardwood floor made from a reclaimed basketball court. It’s a flexible space that opens to the outdoor patio and can also be transformed into a dinner space,” he continues. “The feedback is the overall experience is enjoyable because, after meetings, participants can go to a lively bar or enjoy Healdsburg’s other restaurants, bars and shops.”

In the lobby, there’s an all-in-one “Receptobar” where not only do guests check in, but they can also enjoy a daytime coffee bar and evening wine bar. It also offers complimentary DVDs, games and more. Low couches next to a fireplace are nearby and are a great place to relax and mingle. And the entire hotel, from top to bottom, has an open, airy feeling. Even the restaurant and bar open to the outdoors, both enticing passers by and letting those inside feel like they’re eating and drinking al fresco.
 
“We’re honored to get this award less than a year after opening. It means people are appreciating what we’ve done, and we’re happy to see people using it for their business travel,” says Sher.

 

 

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