My husband and I stayed one night at the Comfort Suites while in town to see our first pro hockey game. We could tell that was probably the primary focus of all the guests that evening obviously because of its proximity to the arena. We were so pleased to be within walking distance, and saving $10 on parking fees!
Check in was earlier than most hotels where we have stayed (2pm) and it was quick & easy. We were on the back side of the hotel on the second floor which had a tiny view of NC State stadium and not much else. The room was clean & large with a comfortable bed including lots of pillows with varied firmness & updated linens. The bathroom was large, but we thought the space was wasted with an odd arrangement. Though larger than say a pedestal sink, the vanity was still rather small not giving a lot of space to hold a lot of toiletries. For one evening this was fine, but would perhaps pose a problem with an extended stay.
We were able to keep a few things in the mini fridge provided, but my husband thought it didn't quite cool as well as hoped with our leftovers from walking to the Backyard Bistro and the couple of sodas we bought. On our floor the drink machine only took coins ($.75) for 12 oz cans. We probably could have gone downstairs to the front desk to make change, but we didn't bother. There is also a coin operated laundry room that we didn't use.
Breakfast included the usual cold cereals & oatmeal, pastries, a small fridge containing microwave sausage biscuits & yogurt, and they also prepared what we assumed to be powdered eggs. We didn't care for the eggs, but it was still nice to have that as a breakfast option. We hear they switch to make-your-own waffles for some days.
We paid around $100 through Choice Hotels which we thought was fair considering the nice accommodations and proximity to RBC. Having free wi-fi is also a big plus! Check out took a little longer than we hoped, but that wasn't a big issue. Even though there were a few things here and there that we would change we would certainly stay here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Comfort Suites(R) Arena is conveniently located across from the PNC Arena, home of the Carolina Hurricanes. This elegant all-suite hotel is just minutes from North Carolina State University, Carter-Finley Stadium, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Governor James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex and North Carolina Museum of Arts. The hotel features elegant ambiance and amenities including:Spacious and elegant suites with refrigerator, microwave and sofa beds, 42" LCD Televisions with high-definition programming, Backyard Bistro Sports Bar & Grille at the hotel entrance,Free wireless high-speed Internet access,Evening receptions with beverages and appetizers every Tuesday and Wednesday, "Your Morning Breakfast" is full of hot and delicious options, making breakfast at the Comfort Suites Arena the perfect way to start your day. Enjoy our free hot breakfast featuring eggs, meats, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal and more, including your choice of hot waffle flavors! If you're leaving early, a Your Suite Success™ Grab & Go bag is available for the two hours prior to breakfast.Guests of this Raleigh, NC hotel will also enjoy free local calls and a free weekday newspaper. Workout in the state of the art exercise room with cardiovascular equipment, or take a dip in the seasonal outdoor pool. Business travelers will appreciate conveniences like free high-speed Internet access in all rooms, business center, two-line telephones with voice mail and access to copy and fax services. The two meeting rooms accommodate up to 40 people for most events and business functions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Comfort Suites Arena Hotel Raleigh
- Comfort Suites Raleigh
- Raleigh Comfort Suites