I booked this newer HGI on a return visit to Springfield. I thought that I was booking an older HGI was quite surprised to see the new look for HGI! The reception station is in the same place but this one has a mirror/water fall fixture behind the desk. The colors are rich and bright. The expanded bar/restaurant area is big, open and very attractive with a vaulted ceiling and fireplace that make it very attractive and appealing when you walk into the front door. There is even a "firepit" with large comfy chairs on the adjacent patio.
The next thing that I noticed was that the normal squeaky, noisy and slow HGI elevators have been replaced here by ultra quiet and smooth elevators with noiseless operation! My car arrived within seconds, rather than minutes, and the door opened so quickly and so quietly that I only realized that it had arrived as the doors were closing after waiting for me to get in.
My room had two large double beds with upscale furniture and finishing. There was a light at the doorway and two lamps. The furniture was dark and the accent walls, at the outside and hallside walls, were very dark brown. The overall effect was to find myself in the darkest hotel room that I've ever stayed in. While I was there on business, and was away some of the day, I found that the darkness of the sleeping room was a real turnoff. The weather was also gloomy and so it was just dark and gloomy in or out of the room. Even the excellent new flat screen TV didn't cheer up the room! It was quite refreshing to stay in a very new room, where everything worked. Too bad that it is just so dark.
I had breakfast, which was very good and expansive, and dinner. I was the only guest at the bar and/or restaurant for the hour plus that I was there. The barkeep was congenial but we were the only ones downstairs except for the front desk clerk and a few people checking in.
The location is on the south east side of town and away from the airport but closer to Branson and perhaps this what the owners anticipate will attract provide the majority of their potential guests.
Excellent new lobby design but dark rooms.
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