Tru by Hilton Ogden review: The Perfect Adventure Basecamp
hElton’s first new brand offerings this millennium, Tru by Hilton (founded in 2016) and Home2 Suites (founded in 2009), represent an attempt to bring contemporary coolness by the well-established hotel operator. They target people who travel a lot as part of a modern lifestyle and who want well-appointed accommodation without having to shell out a month’s worth of spent income for it. In Ogden, Utah, Tru and Home2 come together for a co-branded approach that brings Home2’s modern business crowd together with the millennial audience of Tru by Hilton.
I spent a few nights at Tru by Hilton / Home2 Suites Ogden in early September and found the property to be effective in both accommodation and location. Ogden’s Tru/Home2 mashup is a hotel chain property that you really want to spend time in, rather than collapse and leave first thing in the morning, stopping just long enough to fill your coffee cup when you walk out the door. The result is an ideal property for the modern remote worker, even if unintentionally.
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Space to spread and be productive
Charging ports are located everywhere from the bench in the breakfast room to the pool table and custom work booths in the lobby lounge area. My room on the Tru side of the hotel has chargers on both sides of the queen beds. Neither my laptop nor my phone were ever away during our stay.
The lounge area resembles a modern co-working space, in that it is designed for productivity and socializing. Three dedicated work desks surrounded by a half capsule and long, padded benches make it the perfect spot to open your laptop and grab your morning coffee. Desks also provide enough privacy that receiving a call doesn’t make you feel like you’re distracting the whole room. Sofas, benches and, of course, the aforementioned pool table are also available. Being Utah, no beer is sold on the premises, but if you arrive prepared, the fire pit area outside makes for a happy hour or great night spot.
An inspiring place to stay fit on the road
My favorite part about Tru by Hilton / Home2Suites Ogden was the gym. As someone who travels regularly for work, I have spent a lot of time in cramped, dimly lit hotel gyms which would have been better (and probably are) a storage locker for the housekeeping staff. The gym here is just the opposite. Lined on both sides with large wide windows overlooking the city, there is not a single dark corner in the room. There is a weight-free zone with dumbbells on one side, machine weights on the other, and a treadmill along the windows. There was only one exercise bike available, but I never had to wait for it. Modern pop music played clearly but not annoyingly loud on the stereo. The ambiance was similar to that of a large downtown gym catering to the office crowd, which is somewhat of the intended user base, although it has been relocated.
The indoor pool and hot tub are open year-round, and while the pool is certainly not Olympic-sized, it’s big enough to have laps in the morning or play with the kids with a bonus, at least while we’re there, more than a handful of people use it for one time. Slipping into a hot tub after a long flight is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and I was glad I didn’t have to share the experience with a random family from Boston or Bridgeport.
Location and efficiency win the day
There is no more convenient location in Ogden. Lindquist Field, home of the A Pioneer League’s Ogden Raptors, is directly across the street. Historic 25th Street, lined with Ogden’s best restaurants, bars, and nightlife, is a block away. We were in town to hit the area’s popular hiking trails, and several trails, including 22nd Street and 29th Street Trailheads as well as Coldwater Springs Canyon Trailhead, are only a few minutes’ drive away. For skiers and snowboarders, Snowbasin Resort is just 30 minutes from the hotel.
On site, small sustainability efforts are evident throughout the hotel. The bathroom in our room features waste-free toiletries. Porcelain mugs are served at breakfast and all day at the coffee station. There is a water bottling station right outside the gym.
Our room at the Tru was basic but well trimmed and efficient. A clothes rack is available instead of a closet – good for most short hotel stays. The work desk provides a productive space in the room, next to the TV. The room overlooked the baseball field and was well lit with natural light and LED lights. A laundry is available on site, and the lobby has an extensive 24-hour snack bar. The Tim Healey bed was comfortable and luxurious, covered with sheets and a cozy duvet that kept me warm even though my wife, Alisha, prefers to sleep in a cool – some might say – cold environment.
With a hot breakfast that includes omelets, roasted potatoes, and both pancakes and waffles, the hotel “wins for breakfast,” as Alisha puts it. I love good bread, and it was plenty. There wasn’t much to offer for our infant daughter other than a few bites from our meals, as the bags of yoghurt and cereal provided were stuffed with sugar. But we fill up every morning with eggs, potatoes, and fruit before we hit the track.
In the ongoing battle between hotel brands and short-term rental platforms, the inevitable winner is the traveler, and Tru by Hilton/Home2Suites Ogden proves it.