The Hampton Inn is located along the 198 freeway, just west of downtown Visalia. It's along the frontage road and is easy-off, easy-on relative to the freeway. Our room was facing the freeway, but it was still very quiet -- partly because the hotel is set back a little, and partly because it isn't the 5 in L.A. -- the 198 just a fairly lightly-traveled highway. I imagine if you request a room in the back it would be dead-quiet at night.
The check-in was very quick and friendly and there were some good complimentary cookies at the desk. The breakfast area is large but didn't have the greatest selection. The pool area is nice and well-kept.
This Hampton has the cool new key-cards that you just wave in front of the lock to unlock the room door (instead of inserting it in a slot). The rooms are spotlessly clean, large and comfortable, with the usual excellent bed and bedding, bath amenities, etc that you expect at a Hampton. The room included a fridge and microwave, and a quiet and efficient A/C unit with a wall-mounted thermostat. There was wired internet, with a cable included in the room. It worked well and was fast -- no need to worry about dead spots with the wired connection. There was a good-sized flat-screen TV with lots of channels.
Visalia is a nice small city (maybe 100,000 population?) with all the services but not all the traffic. As far as food, there is a nice downtown dining district about 5 minutes away with lots of free parking and a variety of choices including traditional and quirky restaurants. We ate at Fugazzi's, which had good Italian food and judging by the crowd seemed to appeal to young and old alike.
Overall an excellent stay on our way to Sequoia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With our 100% Hampton Guarantee, On the House hot breakfast, The Hampton Cloud Nine bed experience, free wired or wireless high-speed Internet access, and microwave/refrigerators in every room, we’re certain you’ll have an enjoyable stay. So after a long day of work or play, sprawl out on our comfy beds and enjoy our 32" LCD flat panel televisions. We’re just a short drive from Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hampton Inn Visalia Hotel Visalia