We’re big Staybridge fans, and usually seek them out when we travel because of their great combination of value and convenience. This one has the comfortable beds and most of the amenities that we’ve come to expect, including a very nice pool, an exercise room, and free laundry. However, it has a few problems that we haven’t encountered in a Staybridge before.
First: The only towel racks in our bathroom are right over the toilet. This is not the only time we’ve encountered this in a hotel – but it’s still a disaster waiting to happen. There are no towel racks over the sink, so the only other place to hang towels is on the hook behind the door.
Second: While it’s nice to have a sofa in a king studio suite, it’s no replacement for an actual work space. There’s a single small L-shaped table between the kitchen and living area that’s barely big enough for either eating or working. And, since there’s no ceiling light over it, some of its limited space is taken up by a desk lamp. This is a challenge when you need to get a significant amount of work done in your hotel room, and are planning to eat lunch at your desk. This is why we booked a room in a hotel that has kitchenettes – we wanted to be able to eat in the room while working. Given the available space, we’d much rather have a real desk and a real table than a sofa.
Third: It’s not really a problem that the breakfast buffet is smaller than any we’ve ever encountered in a Staybridge. It is a problem that the food isn’t really up to par. We went to breakfast at 9 AM on a Saturday, an hour and a half before the buffet closes on a weekend, and found that the oatmeal had been allowed to dry out in the pot. The biscuits and muffins seemed to have been baked and/or unwrapped on the previous day. The only fruit available was a limp fruit salad. Hot food and coffee were good, but this is also the first Staybridge we’ve seen where coffee wasn’t available in the lobby all day.
So, we rate it “average”. Not bad, but not what we’d expect from Staybridge.