PROS: Clean, quiet, friendly staff, comfy bedding, big rooms
CONS: Hard to regulate room temperature
Definitely stay at Comfort Suites Fairgrounds, it's #1 for a reason!
We booked this hotel as a package with Busch Gardens tickets, and it was the best deal compared to getting the room & tickets a-la-carte. There was a deal for buy 2 nights get one FREE, loved that. The BG tickets were good for the length of our stay which you can't get without the package, which is BG's thing not these guys but definitely worth mentioning. The hotel had a FREE shuttle going to & from Busch Gardens as well as the casino (we didn't go to the casino but the option was there), very friendly driver who told us that the hotels closer to BG are NOT in a good neighborhood and many have bedbugs.
This NEW hotel looked just like the pictures, very trendy and modern, fun for a change. It was very clean, friendly staff. Upon check-in we were provided with a list of restaurants separated by type of food fare, along with directions. We liked that. The room was very close to the elevators which was a concern until we realized how quiet the room was!
The pool was kind of small, but the kids made the best of it. No hot tub but that was okay. It did smell a bit like propane or natural gas when we first entered the pool area but it dissipated quickly. Pool towels are available so you don't have to get your room towels dirty/wet.
As for the room itself, again it looked just like the pictures, with that cool turquoise color on some of the walls. It overlooked the parking lot, but again no big deal there. It was clean, quiet and had plenty of room for the four of us. Built-in nightlight in the bathroom. We have a 12-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy, so both needed their own space. Our daughter slept in the other queen bed and our son slept on the sofa bed, perfect. The beds were AWESOME, very comfy. Housekeeping staff gave the option of full cleaning service or just replacing the towels; we chose the latter since we'd be in & out a lot. The only thing that was aggravating was the thermostat: the room was either hot or cold, even though we changed the temperature by only one degree.
The breakfast was yummy, plenty of options including hot stuff (waffles, eggs, sausage, etc) and lasted until 9:30am so even those who sleep in could get a bite. Coffee is available 24/7 if you need caffeine later than noon :) We used the business area to access our e-mail, check the weather, etc. which was convenient too. We didn't use the fitness center but it was well-equipped.
Overall, we loved our stay. The only other thing that would have made it better was if the rain had held off until we left, but that's not under their control.
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