Downtown Peoria has changed somewhat since my last visit so I decided to make a change too, rather than stay at the usual brand name hotels, I decided try out the Mark Twain hotel on 225 Ne Adams street.
Parking was simply behind the hotel. We entered through the back entrance and soon found ourselves smack dab in what looked like Twain’s library or the lobby as it were. Plush leather chairs, tables with adaptors and plenty of old timey atmosphere. Our room choice was a suite on the top floor so we could have a view of the riverfront and some elbow room for our two night stay. I was expecting just the one view but we had a corner room with three vast views including a telescope to get up close and personal. The room boasted two large HD TV’s with surround sound systems and dvd players. We didn’t bring any movies with us but they had a nice selection at the front desk.
Our reservation included for an extra charge two dinner tickets, and two drink tickets each for the two night stay at theTwo25 an unexpected treat, just off the lobby. The atmosphere of the hotel transcends to the restaurant in both appearance and service. Brick walls, plumbing hardware, tiffany lamps and cozy booths set the stage for dinner.
We ordered drinks, with a first course followed promptly with the main course. The service is unheard of for a busy bistro. They brought each plate promptly as we finished including a large pepper mill service much like the good old days. The Lobster bisque was my favorite followed with hot toasty rolls and Chicken Marsala with demi’ glaze. My Husband had a side of delish fried Calamari that he ordered again to take back to our room.
While the hotel does not have a pool or exercise space we were offered a short shuttle ride to the Peoria River Flex for our daily swim and well that is for another review. The Mark Twin hotel is on our “hot list,” for any future trips to Peoria. Price for room, meals and amenities was quite reasonable in fact somewhat cheap in my view.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Peoria's Premier Boutique Hotel. Proud to be independent and locally owned. Guests receive complimentary Starbucks coffee and cocoa in the lobby, Seattle's Best in-room coffee, free parking, free drinks, free wi-fi, free smiles. Featuring a complimentary breakfast including made-to-order omelets and Belgian style waffles. Business or Pleasure - why not both? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mark Twain Peoria