We had a fine overnight stay at this location for an event at ISU. The proximity to the ISU Bone Center is outstanding, and was a short walk in great weather- to avoid paying the parking fee as ISU.
The hotel itself was very clean, with an efficiently run front desk. The dining location was excellent for dinner- great portions, tasty and fairly priced. The breakfast buffet was mediocre, and not worth the $13.95 per adult. The fruits and cheeses at the buffet were not replenished, and we did not receive any drinks until we were nearly done with our meal.
The room was spacious and clean. Pool was indoor- clean- but very chilly. Hot tub was out of service.
Just a thought- for $189 per night, might breakfast be included in our stay? Thought it was odd that there was nothing complimentary about this hotel.
Just a few issues:
1) Parking- It's an $8 fee to utilize the parking for this hotel. To my knowledge, no other Bloomington hotels have this fee.
2) The train is VERY close to this location; we were woken each time the train came through town- several times close to midnight, and again starting at 530am. It was LOUD- and woke us all from a sound sleep, including our child. Patrons should be made aware of this issue- especially when traveling with small children. The train really did cause a poor night of sleep.
3) Walls are very thin; there were many large families at the hotel and they were obviously having a good time. We heard everything.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only AAA Four Diamond Hotel between Chicago and St. Louis. We have two concierge floors with a private lounge for your most important clients. Four Diamond service as only Marriott and John Q. Hammons can provide and a location directly between uptown Normal and Illinois State University. We are also within walking distance of the Amtrak station. The only hotel in town to provide covered parking and a skywalk from the town's adjoining garage. ... more less
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