Well, I usually have nothing but nice things to say about a Hampton but for the first time, I do not. This hotel is a bit run down. We had suite and the carpeting was in dire need of replacement and the beds were not the Hampton quality I am used to. I had to switch to the other side of the bed in order to get a half way decent sleep. The ceiling had a huge repair which hopefully was new because they did not even try to paint over the ugly plaster repair.
On top of this, we were directly over the hot tub area where lots of kids congregated. What made it ten times worse was the door. You know kids. They come and go constantly and there was nothing holding the door from slamming repeatedly which sent, what felt like, sonic waves through our room. I did call and ask for another room but they were booked. The gentleman did say he would shut the hot tub area down but I did not feel like being the witch in the tower so I said no and left the room instead. They do not have a limit on the two public computers which some people hog.
The plus side is this. The bathroom is large and clean which after this trip I have come to appreciate in a hotel. The continental breakfast is free and of high quality. All staff was polite. The TV is huge in a suite and great to watch from a distance. The location is great for Air Force events but not much else because it is a slight ways out. Sometimes though, if you don’t want to fight city crowds then a hotel located like this one is a plus. I also did not consider that I would have to go through morning rush hour all the way to the southern end of Colorado Springs to get to my next destination. No, it was not horrendous but something to consider.
Another thing to consider in general is the enormous traffic that clogs up HWY 25 when the academy is having a football game. We hit the tail end of incoming traffic right before the game. Around 1:30 p.m., when the game had started, it was safe to go out again – even to the Air Force Chapel - which we did.
There is a road which parallels HWY 25 that runs behind the hotel. Voyager? It is a nice shortcut for most of HWY 25. It leads to several gas stations, businesses, restaurants and Wal-Mart.
Unless the Air Force academy is your destination, I would try another Hampton in the area.