SpringHill Suites have always offered great value for families -- a room with two large beds plus a sleep sofa, and then free breakfast the next day. The one we stayed in in Orlando three years ago was top notch. But the new room layout is impractical for families with small children or anyone who needs a halfway private bathroom.
As other reviewers have noted, the decor is IKEA-esque -- neither here nor there for me. But the non-latching sliding doors for the half bath and shower rooms are absurd. I don't understand why any designer in their right mind would put a translucent glass door on a shower room. And -- trying to be delicate here -- sounds of any volume do not stay in rooms that are accessed by these sliding doors. If anything, they are magnified.
After a road trip through Kentucky last year, this was our second time staying in a SpringHill Suites room with this design. While I can't say I'd absolutely never stay in one again in my life, I'm sure I'll pick a hotel without these features if I have a choice. When our kids were younger, I'd have been worried about fingers getting caught in the sliding doors, and siblings opening the doors on each other, unintentionally or otherwise. Now that we travel with fewer and older people, as another reviewer noted earlier, I don't see the point of having a TV way off to one side if nobody is staying in the sleep sofa part of the room.
Breakfast choices were plentiful and the food was good, but there wasn't enough seating, especially seating with tables. Typically, most hotels with free breakfasts don't have enough space for people selecting items from the buffet, so I can't ding SpringHill Suites too much on this. I just wish it were easier.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SpringHill Suites Columbia is located south of Baltimore, north of Washington DC and 15 miles from Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). Our spacious, stylish suites include luxurious bedding, microwave, mini-fridge, large desk, complimentary high speed Internet, and flat screen TV. Additional amenities include free parking, complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center and indoor pool. Enjoy quick access to Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, Maryland Zoo, Maryland Science Center, Baltimore National Aquarium, Fort Meade and Washington DC. ... more less
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