We will stay here again... it’s a great place on 160 just off 550 (on the other side of the hill from the Animas River & Doubletree Inn. We stayed for the better part of a week in July.
We booked a King studio which consisted of a king size bed & a full size sleeper sofa. Since there were three of us, it would have been ideal to have a one bedroom but the studio worked fine. There was a full kitchen (well equipped – fridge, stove, oven, microwave, full size dishwasher, bar size sink) and a bath with the vanity separate from the toilet & shower area (which, when orchestrating “getting ready” among three people, helps a lot! We were missing a pillow for the sofa bed (which, quite honestly, wasn’t comfy – 2 queens would have been better) but since we were on a road trip, we were able to cover the pillow shortage (plus, I’d much rather use my own pillow anyway). The extra bedding for the sofa bed was a bit interesting as well – the mattress cover appeared to be for a twin bed (maybe just to cover the sofa cushion) but the sheets & blanket were intended, minimally, for a queen size bed. There was a small table for eating sitting against the wall – two chairs. Also, along the window wall was a long desk which had a large flat screen TV (swivel base) between the “living” and bed area and storage drawers on the other end. And we were given a ground floor, close to outdoor access, as requested.
The facility was clean, and appeared to be recently updated. The laundry facilities were on the 2nd floor with two washers & two dryers (remember to take your key for access into the laundry facility… and bring quarters, $1 per wash & per dry cycle). There's an indoor pool (we didn't use) and a small work out room.
We typically book a condo in Durango but everything was full since we decided last minute to visit, however, the “extras” that Residence Inn offers actually worked better for us this time. For breakfast every morning you were greeted by a friendly staff who appreciated the rare tip they received. On the hot side there was always a meat (sausage patty, Canadian bacon or one morning was sausage gravy for biscuits), eggs (except for biscuit & gravy day), new potatoes & a bread (croissant, biscuit or French toast). For waffle eaters there was a waffle machine that was always busy with sides of fruit, whipped topping and, of course, syrup. There was also hot oatmeal with various toppings offered. In the chiller was yogurt, milk and granola parfait and sometimes packaged fruit. There was a selection of 5 different cereals, fresh fruit & muffins, donuts and bread, bagels and English muffins available to toast & warm in the microwave. And of course, there were juices & hot coffee and water (plus tea selections). And real plates, bowls & utensils (though you would want to use the Styrofoam plate for the waffle as it didn’t fit on the regular plate… though I overhead an experienced waffle connoisseur ask his wife to “put it on a real plate, the knife cuts through the Styrofoam.” ) This is probably the best “complimentary” breakfast offering we have had.
In the evenings (Monday through Thursday) the hotel offers a “Happy Hour” with soft drinks, lemonade, iced tea, bottle beer & house wines (merlot, chardonnay & white zin). As if that wasn’t nice enough, you also had a food offering which ranged (during our visit) from nachos to hamburgers & hot dogs to green chili stew (which, surprisingly, was very good). This service used Styrofoam plates & bowls (the latter which we could have sworn were glued together) but if you didn’t feel like going out or needed a quick bite before you had to be somewhere (which we did), it was a great convenience & could suffice for your evening meal. There were always chips of some type & carrots, celery and packaged dressing for dip.
We thought we would miss the roominess of a 2/2 condo of which we’d been accustomed but, if we visit again, we’d have to seriously weigh the benefits of the Residence Inn!
PS – no ice machines at this property in case you’re driving; they suggest you make ice in the ice maker of your fridge.
PPS – other reviewers are right, the wifi, not so good. Thank you 4G (and unlimited data)
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