My trip here was during the December 2012 Iowa blizzard. We taught two days of continuing education classes here on the Thursday and Friday of the storm. We warned all of our clients that the storm was coming in and that they should try and drive to the classes early and stay instead. The staff worked double time to make sure all of our clients that wanted a room got a room. We got no complaints from any of our clients. And the hotel did sell out when it was all said and done. After they sold out, they were even were trying to track other available rooms in the area for the last minute straglers coming throughthe door looking for place to ride out the blizzard. Things they really didn't have to do, but did anyway.
So all of us arrived Wednesday night while it didn't do much and tried to rain wondering if this blizzard was going to take place. We were not disapointed. Most of us chipped in and had Hy-Vee brave things to bring us lunch. With the storm we knew it would be cold by the time they got it to us and we weren't disapointed. But we were warm and dry inside with the storm going on outside. We closed the drapes and got to ignore the storm.
So this site, like the vast majority of Country Inn and Suites doesn't have an attached resturant. Lincoln, Nebraska is one of the few that have an attached restuarnt. Because it doesn't have an attached resturant, we're allowed to cater in outside food to the meeting room. If you've ever paid for hotel catering, you'll understand that can be a big deal.
This hotel is on the south side near the airport and there isn't much down that way yet. But it is the closest place near the Cedar Rapids Airport. And several people staying there were taking advantage of their park and ride package. It is an area of town that is still being developed. So for now you're going to drive a bit to get to a decent resturant or put up with the A & W or the McDonald's near by. But most people are staying because of the airport being so close. And I would think that the restuarant thing will change eventually with the airport right there and I-380 being right there as well.
The pool is not very big, but it is heated and wet. Several of the clients thought the hot tub was perfect with the storm blowing outside.
The meeting room is fairly good sized. Larger than what you may have seen at other hotels of this chain. It does have some temperature and comfort challeges. It apears to be a duct work design issue that isn't going away. But one look outside and everything seems just fine. We picked up MIB 3 and Green Lantern at Sam's Club on the way in and my son and I had a movie night both nights with one of my computers and the projector and my extra set of speakers. No, we didn't have any popcorn. You can't have it all - besides I'm on a low carb diet. But gee, there are those cookies they always have at the front desk!
The front desk service is top notch. Over the course of the stay we dealt with most of their staff - no complaints on any of them.
Breakfast was ok. I travel a bunch and the food service products that are being sold to all hotels seem to be going downhill. So it can get old after a while. But it was ok.
The room was pretty quiet. I don't think the walls quite were designed to keep the neighbors from hearing a couple of little kids that were being forced to spend several days stuck in a hotel room. There was a really nice family that was stuck next door waiting for the airport to open back up because it was closed due to the blizzard. They had two great little kids that were being asked way too much to be stuck in just a hotel room for a couple of days while the storm blew past. Mom and Dad made the best of a not-so-good situation. They did their best to keep a smile on the whole time. But they looked like they were ready leave when they finally could as well.
I should have offered my 14 year old son that was with me as a babysitter for a couple of hours so the two of them could have at least sat in the hot tub by themselves for a break. Hotels have no control over weather, and neither do parents. I have seven kids (20yrs to 6yrs) - so I get that. If they read this, I hope they'll forgive me for not at least offering.
We've been to this site before. And we'll more-than-likely be back when we're having classes in the area again. It is for the most part a standard Country Inn and Suites but with a larger meeting room than most as I stated earlier. If you like this chain, you'll like this site. If you like Super 8, you'll wonder why anyone would pay this much for a room. I don't really care for Super 8.
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