Listen, before arriving I was really worried over all the bad reviews I had read in Trip Advisor. But now I can only imagine some people must have mistaken hotels while writing their reviews or have had really bad luck in their experience, cause everything went really smoothly and great in our 9-night stay to attend business in UConn (just 20 min away by car).
I started to calm down immediatly upon arrival. The lady in the front desk (Sorry, I am not good remembering names!!) was really nice and I liked her instantly. And for the rest of our stay, all of the other members of the staff were equally nice, offering smiles, good mornings and help all the time you would appear in the lobby. The lady who helped in the breakfast and this nice guy who seemed to be a handyman were also very polite. By the way, the breakfast was simple but was enough for us: bagels, waffle, cereal, cream chease, butter, jam, peanut butter sometimes, tea, decaf and regular coffee, orange juice, milk, apple, and some hot stuff that I never went to check what is was (probably eggs, but I'm guessing). The space to eat is not big, but in the whole 9 days we spent there, we never had problems to find a seat, even had days we were alone in there.
The room was in the ground floor, 129 (I think!), a two double bed room. Good space for two people and their 4 luggages! The bathroom was kind of small for two women to use, but we've managed fine, specially because there were other mirrors in the room. The shower was fine, good pressure and easy way to control temperature. I have to say the ventilation system was too loud and a bit annoying. We had TV, microwave, fridge and coffee maker - all well functioning. The air conditioning system was also working, but was a bit noisy as well. The bed was confortable, the linen was clean, and we didn't had any encounters with bed bugs! Everything seemed clean enough. They cleaned the bathroom and left new towels everyday (that is not very sustainable, though). Yeah, it is a bit old fashioned, the decor could be better, the finishings on paint, wallpaper, and other work done could be better, but these are small things for me (afterall, its not my own house!).
I didn't smell any smoke in my room or around it, however, when I went to the laundry (wich you have to pay 1.25 to use, and only have one washing and one drying machine), I smell a bit of a smoke stink near the 106/105 rooms, but was the only time. I also never went upstairs, so I can't say anything about those rooms.
By car, the hotel is 20 mins away from Hartford (west) and from UConn (east). You have easy access to a mall and a shopping street, nice restaurants and a few supermarkets like Walmart, Target, Stop and shop, Kmart.
After this experience, I would most definitely stay there if I have the opportunity to visit UConn again in the future. I was delivered what it should be expected of this kind of hotel. And would reccomend people to be sure they are not mistaking the hotels (cause there is another nearby hotel) and that they are not expecting more than a 2-star near the road hotel should offer.
Oh, did I mention the pastrami sandwich on Rein's Deli just next door?!?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in southern New England, the budget-friendly Red Roof Inn Hartford - Vernon is located on Route 30, right off Interstate 84. Located nearby to many eating opportunities including the famous Reins New York Style Deli. Old Sturbridge Village, Buckland Hill Mall, and other shopping are located close by. The Hartford Civic Center, Rentschler Field, University of Hartford, and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art are all within a short drive of the hotel. Come check out the hospitality that Red Roof Inn Hartford -Vernon has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Comfort Inn Vernon Hotel Vernon
- Vernon Comfort Inn