We just got back from our stay. The hotel is really in the middle of nowhere, and I was surprised there were three hotels in the area. Once you exit the thruway, you drive on a road with a couple gas stations, you drive past a landfill, and you can smell sulfur. Fortunately you couldn’t smell it at the hotel, but on a hot summer day, that might not be the case. There is a Hampton, Holiday Inn, Taco Bell, KFC, and a WalMart all within walking distance of each other. A little bit farther, there is a Burger King, a Microtel, and a desolate plaza with a Tops. That is all that is nearby.
We had prepaid for the hotel and saved like $50 doing it that way. They asked me to put a credit card down for incidentals, which I found odd because the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant or room service, and wifi was free, so I’m not sure what you’d be charging. I didn’t argue it, and my card wasn’t charged.
The room was clean enough. There are signs everywhere that they change all the bedding for each guest, and the bed did seem clean. We had dropped something, so we were searching around on the floor, and there were some barrettes behind the curtains. They definitely weren’t mine, so I have no idea how long they’d been there. There were also some hairs on the floor in the bathroom, and there was a long dark hair on one of the towels that also definitely wasn’t from us either. There was also no place to hang a hand towel, which I found odd.
I had two main issues with the room. The first being our thermostat. It was cold and rainy most of the weekend, and the air was on, and there was no way for me to turn it off. It looked like it was digital at some point, but it wouldn’t do anything, and there was gross white sticky stuff on it. The actual unit worked because it kept blowing cold air, but there was no way to adjust the temperature.
My second issue was that there was no safe in the room, and this was big for me. If you look on the website, it says there is a safe deposit box, which I assumed would be in the room, but you actually have to go to the front desk. I am uncomfortable telling someone I don’t know exactly where I am putting my valuables. I don’t remember the last hotel I stayed in that didn’t have a safe in the room. Because of this, even when I went to the pool, I had to take my purse with me.
The free breakfast was actually better than we’d expected. There were bagels, muffins, eggs, fruit and yogurt, as well as some other things. It was more than sufficient for both of us. There was also coffee and hot chocolate in the lobby all the time, and I used that several times over the weekend.
The girls at the front desk were always friendly, and would say hi whenever we walked by. Checking in was easy, and there were a couple people waiting when we went to check out, but that was easy, too. There were also cookies when I checked in that were yummy.
I went to the Waterloo Outlet Mall during our stay, and it is about 10 minutes away. I got some good deals at some of the stores, but what should have been a $5 footlong at Subway was $6.95. I have no idea why. I guess they just raise the price for being in the middle of nowhere.
Unless you need to stay in Waterloo, the Geneva exit is the next one on the thruway, and it’s not very far away. You would still be about 10 minutes from the mall, only in the other direction. You could also get a room with a view of the lake that has room service and a restaurant, etc. It costs more to stay in Geneva, but I was surprised how expensive this room was for the area it is in. We had some friends staying in the other two hotels in Waterloo, so we were able to see all three, and the Hampton is definitely the nicest of the three. If you have to be in Waterloo, I’d recommend this hotel. If you can pay a little more and stay in Geneva instead, and not be inconvenienced, I’d recommend you go there and have more to do in the area. The hotel wasn’t perfect, but it was far from terrible. It would just be nice to have more to do if this is a vacation stay.
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