What Millennials Really Want


Sometimes it’s hard to second guess millennials. When it comes to design, Brenner Design was spot on with their interior design of the new Homewood Suites Hotel in Munster, Indiana.

The owner, General Hotels Corporation, put a new challenge in front of the Brenner Design team. They wanted to attract millennials, singles, business people and families by providing a contemporary, connected interior that had all the comforts of home, but better. The designers’ concept was to provide inviting common area spaces for events like weddings, family reunions and parties where guests could take selfies and group shots in front of attractive backdrops.

The hotel also offers internet access, business center and workout facilities inside and out.  There are even outdoor front and back porch seating areas.

This Hilton brand provided design guidelines for the Hilton “Take Flight” concept that is essentially a custom boutique venue.  The final design was at the designer’s discretion, but all selections had to be approved by the Hilton corporate design staff.

Brenner ‘s interior design team selected interior finishes and materials that created a cohesive design, one filled with a variety of textures and colors. Stone tile veneer similar to the exterior stone was brought into the interior. Dark wood trim and wood furnishing help create a comfortable feel. The design utilizes sustainable design materials. The fairly neutral palette is accented with pops of color from furniture fabrics and artwork. Unique light fixtures were used to provide ambience along with energy efficiency.

The design team carefully selected the interior accessories to provide the finishing touches and create the upscale feel. The space includes commissioned art pieces highlighted by a flock of metallic butterflies in flight, reinforcing the Hilton “Take Flight” theme.

The successful outcome of the design is evident in the high occupancy rate since the opening in May 2016. The hotel has consistently sold out and has received outstanding accolades from customers and a 4.5-5.0 star rating on Trip Advisor.

Some of guests’ comments include:

“Best Stay Ever!”

“My family stayed at the Homewood Suites in Munster, IN for our family reunion weekend. This hotel is beautifully decorated in contemporary style. I would love to get in touch with the interior designer for contemporary ideas for my home. There was so much in this hotel that I absolutely loved. Everyone at the hotel was very pleasant and helpful, the hotel overall and the rooms were comfortable and clean, and the breakfast was delicious! Although home is not far, I will definitely stay here again!”

“Overnight Stop”

“WOW! This place is swanky, clean, loaded, and friendly! While driving from PA to MN we made a late night stop…so glad we did. With 5 people in our family it’s hard to find rooms. This room was like an apartment. Had everything we needed. Beautiful place!”

“Great Stay”

“The ambiance of the hotel is absolutely gorgeous, modern day look and very elegant. I would recommend this hotel to anyone, it’s an ideal location and has everything for the family. The best thing about the hotel is the faculty and staff.”

“Great new Homewood Suites”

“The new decor is excellent and fresh, very relaxing as well.”

“Great Home Away from Home”

“Absolutely Outstanding – From Top to Bottom”

“Amazing facilities that include a great lobby, breakfast room, exercise room, saltwater pool and hot tub, and an outside basketball court. This is truly one of the best hotels that we have ever stayed in — it would be in our top 3 for sure…”

“Would Stay again – I rarely give 5’s”

“If you are driving into the Chicago area to visit friends or family, have business on the south side and need a great extended stay location, or need a place for the family while someone is in the hospital in NW Indiana consider Homewood Suites in Munster, IN.”

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