I reserved the Courthouse Suite and the Wylie Suite for the Saturday night following the Ohio State vs. Indiana football game in Bloomington for my brother and our friends (IU alums and Ohio State alums/fans). The Suites at 118 also has a room that Mark told me is more of a normal sized hotel room with one bed. This room also has a party door that connects to the Wylie Suite (they do insulate the party suite door with foam when two different people reserve the Wylie Suite and the other room). I never did see this "hotel room," but if it is like the suites on a hotel room level, I'm sure it is a winner as well. The Suites at 118 has a nice dorm/condo type of feel when you walk up the stairs and down the hallway to the three different rooms.
My friend was hesitant to stay here because of the price for the night ($375) per room, but he went along since he already committed to going to the game. He happened to be the first of our group to arrive at the Suites at 118 as I was fighting the Bloomington game day traffic grocery shopping for our football tailgate. He was able to get the keys to the rooms and immediately sent me a text message informing me how amazing the suites are at this location. He quickly changed his tune for staying at Suites at 118 because of the rooms and the location (across the street from the Monroe County Courthouse, half a block north of Kirkwood & Walnut). Each suite has one bedroom and a living room/kitchen that is one large room. Because of the design of the building, my eyeball test says the Courthouse Suite has a little more room. The Courthouse Suite is also the only unit that has windows.
Regardless of the window situation, Mark has each room decorated with art work that you may purchase and the furniture is nice as well. The furniture is not for sale. Very comfortable rooms.
From a guy's perspective, the living room in each suite has about a 50" HDTV mounted on the wall with HD cable service (VERY nice touch to actually have the HD subscription... often overlooked in the "hotel" world). The Courthouse Suite also had a similar sized television in the bedroom. The living rooms in the Courthouse and Wylie Suites have a fold out sofa bed couch.
The kitchen has everything you need cooking-wise with a scaled down oven, but a full fridge. Mark even stocks the fridge with craft beers (very reasonably priced at $3 considering hotels often charge a fortunate for a bottle/can of beer), sodas and even has a basket in the kitchen with snacks for purchase.
There is no parking on site, but you are walking distance to parking garages in the area. If you stay during the weekend, Bloomington doesn't ticket on the street starting at 5:00 p.m. Friday through I believe 8:00 a.m. Monday (normally a two-hour parking zone during weekday business hours).
I met Mark as he was outside sweeping the sidewalk when I came back later Sunday because Ieft something behind in my room. I had a great conversation with him for about 20 minutes as he wanted to know what he could do to make it a better stay when really, it already was a great stay for all of us.
Mark and his family live on the third floor of the building (the rooms are on the second floor). Good news, if you are in the Courthouse Suite, the third floor bedrooms are in the back of the building so if you happened to get loud with your group, they probably will not hear you on the third floor. Mark says it was designed with that in mind...
Side note: as far as I could tell, there is no elevator. You need to walk up a flight of stairs to reach the second floor where the rooms are located.
While I'm usually loyal to Hilton properties, the Suites at 118 is too nice to pass up in Bloomington - especially if you have a group of people. Beautiful suites, great location and service.
Stay in the Courthouse Suite.
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