TRIADELPHIA - Whether they are building pipelines to transport Marcellus and Utica shale natural gas, touring Oglebay Park or just looking for a place to rest in the midst of a long journey, guests at Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham at The Highlands should feel right at home.
"We try to offer guests a home experience while they are here to make them feel comfortable," Jamie Booth, director of hotel sales and service, said.
Inside the four-story hotel that opened near Cracker Barrel and Eat 'N' Park in July 2012, guests will find 85 rooms ranging from singles to suites. All rooms feature queen-size beds, refrigerators and microwaves.
Guests at Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham at The Highlands can stay in shape at the hotel’s fitness center.
"We probably have about 40 percent leisure travelers and about 60 percent business and corporate travelers," Booth said. "It's a good mix."
After guests wake up in the morning, they can head into the lobby to enjoy their free hot breakfast. After lifting some weights or striking the punching bag in the facility's fitness center, guests can go about their days.
After returning to the hotel at the end of the day, guests can wash their clothes in the on-site laundry facility. They can then grill their own food outdoor picnic site. Hotel officials then provide guests with complimentary cookies and popcorn.
"We also have our Thursday social," Booth said. "We provide our guests a home-cooked meal, so they can have something other than the typical food you get while staying in a hotel."
She said hotel workers cook everything from fried chicken to pulled pork to pasta dishes to macaroni salad.
"It's just one more thing we can offer our guests that they probably would not otherwise get," Booth added.