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As a full-time attorney and part-time travel blogger, I’m a frequent hotel guest. What I’m looking for in a hotel is simple enough – all I want is a comfortable bed and room where I can get a good night’s sleep, free wifi so I can get some work done and FaceTime my brussels griffon puppy, Bruce Willis, and free breakfast so I don’t have to wake up early to find a place to eat before hitting the road again. Oh, and I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for all of this – I want great value! Totally normal, right? Well, maybe aside from the whole FaceTiming your dog thing…
I’m no stranger to the Hilton brand (god, I love their beds!), but I hadn’t stayed at one of their new Tru by Hilton hotels until I recently checked into the McDonough, Georgia location. It was impossible not to notice that the hotel was unique from the moment I walked in. The lobby and adjacent common areas were decorated with modern colorful furniture, there was a pool table and games for guests to enjoy and one wall was painted with a bright mural.
My room had a sleek and efficient design, a desk for me to work at and a ton of outlets and USB ports for me to charge my electronics. Awesome. So far, so good. I had a ton of work to get done, so I was excited at the thought of being able to work comfortably from my room, but I wasn’t out of the woods yet. I crossed my fingers and hoped that Tru’s free wifi would be strong enough for me to connect to my firm’s remote access, which is always a struggle when I’m traveling.
I hate to sound like a drama queen, but I was less than thrilled by the thought of being forced to have to leave the comfort of my hotel and find a restaurant or cafe with wifi to work from in the rain. All I wanted to do was knock out my never-ending list of deadlines so I could relax. I bit my lip in anticipation as I tried to connect… Yasssssss! It worked on the first try.
After several hours of working from my room I realized that it was getting late, so I decided to take a short break and venture down to the lobby for a snack. (And by snack, I actually mean a glass of red wine, which I totally deserved for being so productive)!
I was surprised to see that the lobby was filled with a bunch of other guests working from their laptops. I still had quite a bit of work to finish, but figured that a change of scenery (and maybe even a bit of socializing) couldn’t hurt, so I decided to get my laptop from my room and work in the lobby. One thing immediately stood out to me: there were outlets EVERYWHERE! I didn’t have to strategically plan where I’d sit based on how much battery charge my laptop had. Even the couch-type seating and fun hanging chairs had their own outlets. Plus, there was a self-service hot beverage bar where guests could help themselves to free coffee (with flavored syrups – fancy!), tea and hot chocolate 24/7.
Over the course of my stay I became even more familiar with just how tech-forward Tru by Hilton hotels are and fell even harder for them. I could use my cell phone to unlock the door to my room (no need to try to remember where I put my key), the lobby had semi-private booths where I could take phone calls without having to step outside and I could print wirelessly from anywhere in the hotel. Although I didn’t have time to squeeze in a sweat sesh, the fitness center was fully stocked with all sorts of modern work-out equipment.
The next morning I was dragging a bit from the late night I pulled finishing up boring lawyer stuff. I prepared myself for the typical, run-of-the-mill, so very unexciting continental breakfast, but once again I was taken by surprise. Tru by Hilton has a SERIOUS breakfast spread – they have a full-on Top It Breakfast Bar featuring Kellogg’s products.
#RealTalk – I’m NOT a morning person, so it may not surprise you that breakfast is actually my least favorite meal of the day. To say I’m a bit basic and unimaginative with breakfast at home is definitely an understatement. My go-to is typically a bowl of cereal (Raisin Bran FTW!) or grabbing a granola bar as I run out the door.
Tru’s Top It Breakfast Bar forces even the most unimaginative breakfast-eater (#guilty) to get a little crazy – the hotel offers more than 10 bases (eggs, sausage, waffles, donuts, bagels, toast, English muffins, oatmeal, cereal, and yogurt) and over 35 toppings to customize your breakfast however your heart desires.
10 bases x 35 toppings = endless breakfast possibilities. You could stay at a Tru by Hilton a bazillion times and make your own personalized breakfast creation each and every time. Okay, maybe not quite a bazillion times, but you get it – you have a whole lot of breakfast options! Check out this video to see exactly what I mean:
And seriously, can you believe it’s FREE?
So, what did I decide on for the most important meal of the day? I started healthy with some greek yogurt topped with Kellogg’s Raisin Bran (I couldn’t help myself!). Then I moved on to my hot breakfast options – I couldn’t decide what to put on my eggs so I split my plate and sprinkled one half with everything bagel seasoning, and topped the other half with a couple different salsas and cheese. But, I didn’t stop there… How could I when I had the option to make my own warm, fluffy waffle? I topped half of my waffle with maple syrup and the other half with whipped cream and sprinkles. Adulting is so overrated.
Although I’m admittedly a bit basic when it comes to breakfast, one thing I’m not is decisive. I loved that I didn’t have to be with the Tru Top It Breakfast Bar. I was impressed with every aspect of my stay at Tru by Hilton, but my favorite thing of all was breakfast – I started my day with a well-fueled bang! I loved that I had so many delicious options to customize my breakfast and could even get a bunch more work done while enjoying it thanks to the hotel’s tech-savvy amenities. Usually I’m groaning when my alarm goes off in the morning, but getting up during my next stay will be a lot easier knowing I have the Tru Top It Breakfast Bar to look forward to.
What “truly” makes Tru by Hilton a unique experience is the opportunity to get creative at the Tru Top It Breakfast Bar. Tru Top It Breakfast, which offers an endless number of customizable breakfast items, features Kellogg’s cereals, including Raisin Bran, Special K and Froot Loops, and a mix of 35+ other toppings for busy travelers to mix and match when on-the-go. Guests can make the most of the large, eccentric lobby and take advantage of on-premise communications all while enjoying their custom-made breakfast. Whether you’re a travel enthusiast looking for value, a tech junkie, or an avid foodie, Tru by Hilton will meet your every need and the Top It Breakfast Bar will fuel your food whims.
Tru by Hilton & Kellogg’s sponsored this post and provided me with a hotel stay, but all opinions and content are my own.
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