If this is not the best hotel in the Residence Inn system, I'd like to see the flagship hotel. The suite was immaculate and the service was top-notch. Aspiring hoteliers take note: this is your model.
The exterior design departs from the bland, unimaginative scheme typical of hotels. There are protruding faces which are accentuated by myriad colors. One might even say that there's a hint of Frank Lloyd Wright. The property resembles an upscale condo complex.
The lobby is essentially a great room. The check in/out podiums are to the immediate left, and there are various seating options to the right. Add in a flat-screen television, and it's an appealing leisure space. I can't say that about most hotel lobbies.
The check-in experience could not have been more delightful. After exchanging pleasantries, the associate asked me about what brought me to the hotel. We then spoke for a minute about my journey, and he welcomed to the property. I informed him that my dog was with me, and he checked that the room location would be convenient in/out access. This was a nice touch. He then stepped away from the podium and reviewed the hotel highlights - complimentary hot and cold breakfast, complimentary wireless internet, fitness center, and pool. It was evident that he takes tremendous pride in the hotel
The one-bedroom suite was spacious and felt even more so due to the layout. Upon entering the suite, there was one large room which housed the kitchen, work area, and living space. A door led to a landing area - sink was to the left, bedroom to the right, and shower/toilet behind another door. The layout is ideal for multiple guests. The sink is separate from the shower, and another door closes off the bedroom from the rest of the unit. The décor follows the standard Residence Inn red and gold hues which create an upbeat vibe. It's often the little things which distinguish the superior hotels from others, and that is no exception here. There are bedside reading lamps, a full-length mirror, and a generous assortment of 45 cable channels. There’s even a towel basket in the bathroom.
The hotel is pet-friendly for a $100 sanitation charge. The hotel offers are a few grassy areas for quick relief, but there's no mistaking the greenery for a pasture. While there is a residential area behind the hotel, it's not the most conducive to walking the dog. The streets were fairly narrow, and there were no sidewalks.
Pet aside, this is a good location if you’re without a vehicle. A convenience store and Buffalo Wild Wings are both steps from the hotel. There’s also an Applebee’s and Panera Bread across the street.
In summary, this is one of the few hotels in which I actually felt relaxed in the room. And wished my trip was longer than a quick overnight. This is Residence Inn at its finest.
• Layout ideal for multiple occupants
• Little touches make a big difference
• Steps from casual dining
• Limited green space for pets
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