I usually stay at Courtyards when traveling on business, but recent price increases at the Courtyards, including lack of free breakfast and coffee, is pushing me more towards other properties such as the Fairfield Inns when possible. This Fairfield Inn is, from the perspective of the property itself, an average experience. The building is aging but not too old, the interior and the rooms are maybe a little rough around the edges but not in ways that most people would notice. The breakfast was the typical fare you'd find at most other similar hotels (such as Hamptons) -- hot scrambled eggs and sausage, waffle machine, assortment of breads, fruit salad, yogurts, etc. The breakfast food that these hotels serve typically come from vendors such as Sysco -- it's pre-cooked in a factory and then reheated by the hotel staff. If you want something more than this and are willing to pay for it, there are restaurants right across the parking lot, within walking distance.
Anyway, what really impressed me about the Fairfield Inn Visalia, and pushed this from an average review to above-average, was the management. The front desk staff was very friendly and seemed to care a great deal about the quality of the service and the facilities, and in providing a good value. For example, I was hoping for a king room, but the only one they had left had a broken television. When I told them I didn't watch TV much and didn't care about that, they not only gave me the room but offered to cut the rate down significantly because the TV wasn't working. Definitely a win-win for everyone. It's interesting that although it's the same hotel chain (Marriott), the Fairfields can definitely attract the business travelers such as myself, and even win my business over a Courtyard (which are becoming a bit stuffy), by being so appealing and welcoming. Excellent experience all the way around.
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- Also Known As:
- Fairfield Inn Visalia Hotel Visalia
- Fairfield Visalia
- Visalia Fairfield Inn