I was visiting campus to be part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Purdue Computer Science department. This was a chance to meet students, past professors, fellow alumni and listen to distinguished guest speakers.
I decided to stay at the Union Club for this visit, and I am glad I did and I will be back.
I've stayed at the Union Club just a few times over the years. The most frequent visit to campus, where I want to spend the night, are football games, and the Union Club is always booked months in advanced. But for this trip, I was pleased that it had available rooms -- if you are doing anything on campus, this is the place to go.
The campus does not permit cars, so you have to park on the perimeter; just one problem: the parking garages are almost always full. This is a pain. If you can get a room in the Union Club, you have a parking spot, and you don't have to hassle with driving. Even though it's a campus of 30,000 students, if you can see it on the Purdue campus map, you can walk there. Everything is nice and close.
I ordered a deluxe double room. I had two double beds, respectable (free!) WIFI, and a flat-screen TV with some HD content. The bath room had two sinks, a combined tub/shower, and a normal amount of closet space. I think I got one of the nicer rooms, be sure to ask for deluxe; some the rooms are less nice. I was pleased that the parking was included with my room; they gave me a special exit pass to get out of the garage.
The hotel does not have a restaurant, but it is adjacent to the Purdue Memorial Union. The Sweet Shop is a good place for late night snacks. The hotel recommended that I walk over to the school bar area (Chauncey Hill) and have a pizza at Jake's. That worked out fine.
Also, since my meetings started at 10am the next morning, I took a spare hour, just after sunrise, and walked through campus. I saw Purdue Memorial Union, University Hall, Memorial Mall, Purdue Bell Tower, Elliott Hall of Music, Purdue Mall and Fountain and the Memorial Gym. For an alumni, these buildings are historic and were nice to see in early morning light (nice photography).
The hotel staff very nicely helped me find the new Lawson Computer Science building (which I walked to, no problem) and the staff saved my luggage for me while I was at my meetings.
- Also Known As:
- Union Hotel West Lafayette