From what I had read on the reviews, my expectations were met very well. There is a relaxed level of comfort; service is unfussy and efficient, which made my stay productive. This was a business trip including a weekend so I chose Eaton based on location, quality and type of property. I enjoy the feel of a neighborhood versus large, corporate-type hotels, though I also stay at those when needed.
This hotel spans 2 buildings of different architecture and is appealing from the curbside. It has 3 floors; the front desk and lobby area is simple with 3-4 chairs, a hall that leads to the rear area for the small bar and large dining room. The furniture is like a home with plenty of sitting areas, large chairs/sofas and fine paintings or decorations. It is not the usual generic wood tables and dining room at the front of building, which is common for many of the nearby hotels. In the end, it is attractive and well appointed, especially now during Christmas with the trees and lights set up.
It was important to me to have easy access to highways and such; very important are the free parking, free wifi, breakfast; and the rate was very reasonable. Had I booked the center city hotels, the above is just not offered. It is a 30 min walk to the center markets, museums, etc. but I enjoy walking so this was ok. If needed, buses on Hagley road are every few minutes.
The surrounding area is quite full of hotels, many appear low-rent as you head west on Hagley. Towards the city, it is a mix of hotel chains, office buildings and some are plain buildings of 7-10 floors as you near the 5-ways roundabout. Tesco and Morrison are just there. That is about 10 min walk, so just near the Eaton there is really only residences/hotels. Restaurants are bunched up down the road 5 min walk. (Indian, TGI Fridays and a Beefeaters, then more just further.) just about anything you want within 5 min drive.
ROOM: facing rear parking lot so good news is the quiet, and no street noise; bad news is seeing a parking lot. Size is good/spacious for UK, or normal size for US standards. Very well lighted in bathroom and desk/bed area. Chair and desk are comfortable for working. Bed is firm and pillows are somewhat thin type, which I prefer actually. Duvet is very warm and linens/ towels are all very good quality. There is a stain on ceiling/wall and some stains in caulking of shower of room 118.
FOOD: very nice quality dinners with good portions. I did not have to sign the bill or even see it; this would be listed on final hotel bill; a casual approach which felt more home-like. Breakfast is very good with wide selection though there is no change at all and after 5 days, it gets a bit boring. Service staff are all very good.
I would certainly return. In short: great value and very good quality service, food, and decent location.
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