Recently due to a serious family illness, I needed to stay close to hospital where my sister was in ICU and on life support. Initially, my niece and I stayed at the downtown Marriott location which was alright. Upon arrival at the St Edwards hospital off Rogers, a major thoroughfare in Fort Smith, we noticed that this Residence Inn was right across the street. We inquired at the hotel where upon finding our loved one was in ICU, we were afforded a unit which was very convenient to the hospital.
It was so comforting to be somewhere that didn't feel like the average hotel. We had to stay 2 and a half weeks which is longer than I normally stay in hotel.
The Residence Inn has a complimentary full hot breakfast every. Three nights a week there is a complimentary evening meal which is light in nature. The lobby is comfortable and roomy if one should want to hang out there and watch the large flat screen television which is visible from any angle in the room. There are several types of seating depending on what one's preference might be: bar type stools and table, regular dining room tables in front by television, and also dining area away from the noise which is more secluded. There is an area outside around a fire pit with comfortable seating which we really enjoyed after being in the hospital most of day, it was nice to be outside and have some fresh air.
The most important thing to note was the considerate and friendly attention we enjoyed from April who was at the front desk when we inquired about lodging. When she heard of our circumstances, she showed true interest and compassion as to why we needed lodging. Her manager, Greg, was also available, and would chat when we encountered him in passing. There is a reasonable priced laundry on second floor which we used and found very satisfactory. We took advantage of the hot breakfasts and other offerings almost every morning and found it to be quite good. There is a good assortment of snacks and frozen dinners if you don't want to eat out. If you do want to eat out, you can't beat the location of this hotel which is right across from hospital, walking distance to most any kind of restaurant you might like, and a stone's throw from the regional airport(which I flew in to and departed from.
On the day of our departure, we truly felt that we were leaving friends as April and Greg inquired often how our family member was doing and how we were doing also.
I didn't even mention the rooms yet but must say that having a television in the bedroom and one in the front room with a door separating the two makes for much better rest when there is two people involved. The kitchen is fully stocked with pots, pans, dishes, silverware, and enough to be able to cook and make a pot of coffee. The bathroom was stocked with Paul Mitchell products which are good enough not to have to worry about buying a more upscale brand as often I find I have to do. Parking is convenient to rooms. Panera Bread is almost in same parking lot and great when you want something different or light to eat.
I would come here for a vacation or any other occasion that might require a home away from home. I don't think it is a place where one would want to entertain children as some may do. It just depends on the family and the style they normally prefer. I was totally thrilled by my stay there. Thanks to April! and Greg too.
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