My family & I have used this hotel many times since our 1st stay, as a stopping point on our travels. Each time, everything I said in the 1st review (also a full "5") stands true and we gain a new sense of appreciation as well.
The 2-bedroom suite is spacious and well appointed. It offers privacy as well as plenty of space to gather. We enjoy having a separate bathroom in each bedroom. Of course, the full kitchen (including dishes, toaster, etc.) makes eating less expensive if the need arises. I recently disovered that not all RI properties (such as Gainesville, Fla., for example) have a toaster.
As far as their manager's reception, EVERY TIME it beats out ANY OTHER RI in terms of HOSPITALITY because of Ms. Dorothea, who opens up the dining area like it was her home, treating guests like family! It’s truly amazing to watch, and to experience. You’ll even hear her humming or singing beautifully as she keeps the food coming! She is the perfect example of the difference between someone who’s simply polite because it’s their job to be so versus someone who actually LOVES PEOPLE! The food is hot, fresh, and varied; and the wine and beer are always cold and plentiful.
The breakfast buffet provides an extremely wide assortment of choices, from healthy to indulgent. The hostesses are all business and seem to prefer opening up more to the families with children, while coming across as terse to other guests; but this doesn’t take away from the overall experience of the breakfast or the stay itself.
The check in is always smooth and they work very hard to get you exactly what you want. This time I asked for a room on the top floor because of noise above me that I had experienced at a hotel prior to our arrival here. They didn’t have a 2-bedroom available on the top floor, so they put me on the first floor but found a room that had no one coming in for the room above it. What a way to make a guest request happen!!
Also, check out is nice and leisurely...NOON!
This seems to be a very stable staff who loves their job. We’ve been coming here for almost a year and never been dissatisfied. We tried the TownePlace Suites in Columbia in December 2012 and loved it, almost choosing it over this hotel. For the money, we chose this one because of the added spread of the breakfast and the manager’s reception. Both are very well run and you can book either one with confidence.
Please see my review of this hotel in my 1st posting and explore my review on The TownePlace Suites if you need a bit more economical option.
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