I recently stayed at Eastland Suites for 3 nights, in order to attend a wedding that was being held at the hotel. Overall, I’d say it’s an ok place. It’s not overly great, but the rooms are spacious and the location was convenient for us.
The hotel itself essentially looks like an apartment complex. The rooms (almost all of which are suites), are located in several two-story apartment style buildings with exterior room entrances. I believe there were 8 of these buildings, each containing 8 rooms (4 upstairs, 4 downstairs). There is one other 2 or 3 story building with rooms that is larger and separate from the rest. It is further from the lobby, across the parking lot, and offers rooms with interior entrances, which I know some people may prefer. The main lobby building does not contain any rooms, and features the front desk, free breakfast, cocktail hour, gym, indoor pool, and guest laundry. This hotel very much reminds me of many Residence Inns, with the lobby building separate from the rooms. The rooms are a similar suite-style with full kitchens.
The exterior of the hotel was not overly impressive. The buildings definitely show their age and could use some new siding. They desperately need a coat of paint on the wooden decks and steps as well. Even little things, like the room numbers outside the rooms, almost looked homemade, and are in need of replacement. In the center of the guest room buildings, there is a courtyard area with a gazebo. It could definitely use some more TLC. A lot of the plants weren’t really kept up well, and a little “stream” they have with a bridge over it was left dry. Again, this is a very little thing, but it shows a lack of attention to detail. Although this little courtyard area wasn’t so great, one of our two rooms faced it, and it’s probably the best view available. It’s also your best chance of getting enough light in your room. The way the buildings are designed and put together, other rooms I visited were quite dark, especially those on the ground level. Many rooms overlook the parking lot or just the other buildings. Although the rooms are all in separate buildings, the grounds overall are quite small. Every building has ample parking nearby, and none are really very far from each other or the lobby. If you want to be closest to the lobby though, we were in building 8. Along with building 1, building 8 was probably the closest to the lobby.
For our group, we had two rooms: one was a two-story loft suite, the other was a king studio suite. Both were located on the second floor, and it was nice that the two rooms were together. Our rooms were the only ones up the stairs on our side of the building, so it felt as if we had the building to ourselves. Make sure to request a ground floor room if you have mobility issues. The second floor rooms are up a set of exterior stairs. The rooms themselves were generally fine. It is clear they’ve been renovated in the recent past, and the décor is modern with cool blues and neutrals. I think the hotel aimed a bit high in their décor, going for more upscale of a look than they really are. I think it missed the mark a little bit (the furnishings look a little cheap around the edges). However, the rooms overall are fine. Both were spacious. The 2-story suite was a perfect set-up for 4 people. Having 2 king beds in the room, rather than 2 doubles, was great! The same goes for having 2 full bathrooms. It was also nice that each room had its own balcony. We didn’t really use the kitchens, but they were decent enough with granite countertops. The kitchen is definitely usable if you want to cook. Just an FYI: the 2-story suites do not have actual enclosed bedrooms. The downstairs king is open to the living area, and the upstairs king is in an open loft overlooking the living room.
Most of my complaints are little things. For example, there was quite a bit of chipped paint around the room, just showing a lack of attention to detail. In addition, the rooms were not overly well-cleaned. Simple things like toilet paper were not replaced each day, and the maids themselves were not overly friendly. They were actually a bit pushy about trying to get into the rooms for cleaning, even after we provided a specific time to come back that would be better. One room was missing the ironing board, and the hairdryer was broken in the other. One part of the renovation that missed the mark was the bathrooms. The bathrooms were not overly nice. Rather than a full replacement of the tub, it seems they were just replaced with a cheap version to fit on top of the old one. There was a leak in the tub where the tub meets the wall, so I’m not sure what the cause of this was. It was quite annoying though, since I was greeted with a large puddle on the floor each time I took a shower. The toilet in my bathroom was also not really anchored down to the floor. I’d flush it and notice that simply touching it made it move. The bathrooms definitely need work.
The hotel offers a free continental breakfast and a free cocktail hour each night. The breakfast room is pretty small. This wasn’t a problem when we were there, but it could be if the hotel is full. The breakfast was nothing too out of the ordinary: cereal, fruit, muffins, yogurt, etc. The best part was that there is a waffle maker. The waffles were pretty good. Without this, I wouldn’t have been a fan of the breakfast. The indoor pool is located right off of the breakfast room in the main building as well. The pool is narrow and long, and never gets very deep. It is deepest in the middle, at 5 feet. We went in the pool once, but didn’t stay in too long. It was a bit cold, and very, very heavy with pool chemicals. It was a bit unbearable to swim in after a while. The pool towels were also kind of pathetic, very thin and not even large enough to wrap around oneself. Luckily, the towels in the room bathrooms are better.
The location of the hotel is easy to get to, no more than 5 minutes from the airport. I had never been to Bloomington/Normal before this, but with a car, it was quite easy to get around from Eastland Suites. The town is quite easy to navigate. A grocery store, numerous stores and restaurants are all walkable from the hotel. I’m not really familiar with the area otherwise, but it seemed like a fine location. It was perfect for us, since we flew in and were attending a wedding at the hotel. The wedding was a very nice event. The conference/banquet facility and food was pretty average, like the hotel, but we still very much enjoyed ourselves there and felt that it was a nice event.
All in all, Eastland Suites is pretty average. Not the best place I’ve stayed, by no means upscale, but decent. It is mostly just the little things that the hotel should work on to make itself better. Luckily the rooms have been renovated and are large/suite-style. These may be appealing to groups and families. I’d consider staying here again the future (I know nothing about other options in the area), but I won’t really be running back either.
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