The 'suite', a high-ceiling corner room with great windows on two sides, was well-carpeted, and furnished with good old stuff made of real wood and springs and upholstery -- very comfortable and well-maintained. Not pretentious. Overall it reminded me of a living room at the provincial home of a state family-court judge. The wing chairs, with a tall lamp alongside, were great for reading. Housekeeping was careful and accurate.
The bed was super, but I got to sleep later than I do at home. Part of the generally pleasant aura of the Stockade Inn is that it is a community fixture, its ballrooms thriving on jazz and parties and reunions and fund-raisers for county clerks. In the evening, the revelers' exuberance carried upstairs. It was quiet by around 11.
The bathroom, also with a broad window, was modern and equipped with an electric socket. The tub was large and had both a spigot and a shower hose of the best kind. There was also a separate frosted-glass shower stall. I recommend the tub-with-hose: you can run the water until the hot arrives, and you can aim it away when the hot suddenly vanishes. You have to be spry-in-the-hip to get into and out of this tub, since the ledge is somewhat broad.
My phone detected wifi, and also there appeared to be a network jack in an interface box under the TV. Tip: Bring a 25' cord, since the TV in my room was not particularly near the desk.
In subzero weather, the room was amply heated by a wall-mounted electric thing controlled by a thermostat. I should have put a vessel of water on top of it to humidify the air, but I didn't.
Hot coffee was provided in the morning in the restaurant lounge, a fabulous throwback to the gentlemen's club that a historical placard said occupied the building previously. The "free breakfast" is technically true, but it's packaged goods with long shelf life; on such a small scale it probably doesn't make sense to get the kitchen into full swing until lunch. I found a rudimentary but satisfying cooked-to-order breakfast two blocks away, at the corner of Church & State, where the Stockade Market cooks greasy-spoon stuff (takeout only). It's a ghetto emporium with clients to match, but on the other hand, the proprietor was helpful and cognizant.
In sum, the Stockade is comfortable and it's part of an actual neighborhood. It lacks the antiseptic qualities of the Hampton Inn and CVS, but if you like experiencing the historic zone and its denizens, the Stockade is marvelous.
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