My five year old son and I stayed at this hotel for two nights, and it couldn't have been a better experience. The staff is friendly and pleasant. The entire hotel is non-smoking, and the rooms were clean, fresh smelling, and well-maintained. The location of the rooms was a little bit of a surprise, since we did receive a room that was at the far end of the property, and located behind a staircase. After I drove by it twice, I realized where it was, though. It was a very quiet room, and although the location was not what I expected, it didn't feel unsafe. There was a lot of lighting, and it was only a short walk from the parking lot.
The room itself had a couch, a desk, a comfortable bed, a sliding glass door closet with lots of space in it, a ceiling fan, a mini-kitchen with a microwave, full refrigerator, stove, sink, and counter with two tall chairs for seating at the counter. There were pots and pans in the cupboards, as well as forks, spoons, knives, plates, etc. (One warning to anyone travelling with a small child, there is a knife drawer with large, sharp knives. Make sure to put them up as soon as you arrive.) There is an outdoor pool, and it was well-maintained.
The breakfast is free, and it is served from 6:30-9:30 on weekdays, and 7:00-10:00 on weekends. Make sure to get there well before the end of the serving time. We are late risers, so we rushed in at about 9:15 the first morning, and many of the items were gone and what was left looked unappetizing. I ended up with no breakfast, and just a cup of coffee while my son got some cereal, with no milk. The second morning, we got there with an hour to spare, and there was plenty of food, and the woman in charge of the buffet did a great job of keeping things replenished. There were scrambled eggs, sausage, English muffins, cereal, oatmeal, bread, bagels, fresh fruit, and freshly made waffels. The coffee was fresh and delicious, and there were also two juices to choose from, as well as milk and hot water for tea. There was a nice area in which to sit, too.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. If you plan to go to the Airzoo, or the Kalamazoo Nature Center, the location is ideal. We went to the Airzoo in the morning on Saturday, then went back to the hotel to swim and rest in the early afternoon, and then back to the Airzoo until it closed. (It is only a couple of miles away, so it was very easy to take this refreshing mid-day break.) There is also a lot of shopping, a nice little park, and plenty of restaurants within a few miles driving distance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relax at the “NEWLY RENOVATED” Residence Inn Kalamazoo, your home away from home. The newly renovated guest rooms achieve an extraordinary balance of comfort and function with the fully equipped Kitchen areas and complimentary hot breakfast buffet. Ideal for families or VIPs, these newly restyled guest rooms offer the space and amenities you require when traveling for a long period of time or just a short trip. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Inn Kalamazoo East Hotel Kalamazoo
- Kalamazoo Residence Inn