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A Hom away from home: HomStay Suites opens in Dickinson

Press Photos by Katherine Grandstrand HomStay Suites Extended Stay, shown Jan. 30, opened in mid-October and had its ribbon cutting with the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce in January. The area around, part of the West Ridge Development, it remains under construction.1 / 3
The lobby area in the HomStay Suites in Dickinson is seen Jan. 30.2 / 3
A HomStay employee checks out paperwork at the front desk on Thursday at one of Dickinson’s newest hotels. HomStay was the second business to open in West Ridge, Roers’ development west of Interstate 94 Exit 59.3 / 3

Sometimes you need more than just a place to rest your head in a hotel, which is the philosophy of HomStay Suites Extended Stay.

The hotel just opened its second location in the West Ridge development in Dickinson. The first opened in Williston about a year ago.

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“Right now there are only two, but we’re hoping to build the product,” said Pauline James, general manager of the Dickinson HomStay Suites.

The brand was created by Brutger Equities, a Minnesota-based property management company that also owns two other properties in Williston and one hotel in Bismarck, James said. Because the hotel is fairly independent, there is a lot of flexibility with services and amenities.

“We don’t have any other franchise requirements other than what we impose on ourselves,” James said.

All rooms contain a small, full-sized fridge, two-burner range, microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher and all of the kitchen gear needed to make simple meals.

“Everything you need,” James said, “you just need to bring your food.”

Outside of their rooms, guests can take advantage of the pool and whirlpool, fitness center, lounge and breakfast area, communal grills, airport shuttle, business center and sundry store for essentials. All amenities are included in the prices of the room, with the exception of items from the sundry.

“We want to take care of our guests as much as possible,” said James, a 27-year veteran in the hotel industry.

And while the rooms are equipped for guests to stay for months on end, the minimum stay is one night, just like any other hotel.

Currently, many guests are in oil and related industries. But as the West Ridge development grows, James hopes to attract more families.

“I’d like to do some shop and stay packages, but there has to be somewhere for them to shop first,” James said with a laugh. “We have to wait for them to build it.”

The kitchens make a stay at HomStay a little more economical, especially for families, James said.

“If you can make (your children) lunch — their Ramen noodles or their special soup — you aren’t spending so much money going to restaurants,” James said.

Services and amenities aren’t just for guests. Community members can rent the pool area for a party or come have a drink and some pizza in the lounge.

Over Christmas, James dressed up with the previous general manager as Santa and Mrs. Claus, and had cookies for the children to decorate.

“We want to do things where the community will come as well,” James said.

There’s ample patio space surrounding the pool and a grassy lawn, so James said she can’t wait for summer so guests can begin utilizing those features. Guests have been using the grills despite the cold.

The hotel has been taking guests since mid-October while rooms were being completed and held its ribbon cutting ceremony with the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce in January. It plans a bigger celebration once it warms up.

“We want everyone to be able to go out on the patio and actually see without freezing,” James said.

HomStay Suites Extended Stay

1170 Roughrider Boulevard

Dickinson, ND 58601


Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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