Very convenient location - University is where a lot of College Station restaurants are located. This Comfort Suites is almost directly across from Grub Burger Bar and Boston's, two of our fave casual restaurants in College Station (Boston's is going south but that's for another review). Also, this hotel is set back off University, behind Buffalo Wild Wings, so being away from the busy street gives you less noise. There are a couple of empty lots on the way in, which make one wonder if this is a sketchy facility, but the hotel grounds are well kept up.
Good value for money - we got a 2 "bedroom" suite for the same price we normally pay for 1 bed and a sofa bed. But the 2nd "bedroom" was just a bed out in the open past the kitchen, not a bedroom to itself. The bedroom included a king bed, the non-bedroom; a queen bed. The beds were fine although the pillows are those weird, half-size ones like throw pillows.
Fixtures are decent, builder-grade material. Nothing fancy, just the basics. Everything worked, and there were 2 thermostats - one for the living room/bedroom and one for the real bedroom. There were overhead fans in the living room and bedroom, something I don't normally see.
There is a full kitchen including oven in the suites.
The cleaning staff is honest - I left a nice pair of sandals in the room when we switched across the hall and they turned them in to the Lost and Found. I was afraid I would never see them again, but thankfully, I got them back.
The front desk personnel were very friendly and attentive.
Location - There are NO grocery stores on University since Albertson's pulled out some time ago. So if you need anything you have to head up to Texas, the closest groc. store is HEB I think, about 10-15 minutes drive.
Fixtures - As usual, builder grade means that sound travels very well through the walls. The first night, we had no neighbors but the 2nd night we switched out rooms and the room next to us contained people who didn't go to bed until 1 a.m. I know I'm weird, but when I have an early appointment the next day, I like to sleep before the wee hours of the morning.
We also got assigned to a handicap suite, 301, for our first night. I didn't realize it until we were in the room and unpacked. It's a different layout, with a special shower seat and also a special shower, and a bathroom large enough for a wheelchair. The staff should not put non-handicapped people in that suite, because the shower head cannot be adjusted to a normal height. And you can't even take a bath because the bath plug will not stay closed. We asked the desk staff if we could move and the 2nd night was spent in a regular suite with a regular shower.
Now, here's a really quirky thing - Although the suites are equipped with a full kitchen including an oven, THERE ARE NO UTENSILS, NO POTS, NO PANS, NOTHING with which to cook. Not even a cheap plastic pitcher to put water in! So if you stay here expecting a fully equipped kitchen, you'll be caught needing to buy your own cooking equipment. When I asked about this at the front desk, the very nice young man couldn't really give me an answer but we wondered about theft. Perhaps other suite hotels add the cost of theft into their rates, I don't know. We are a family with food intolerances, so we usually need to cook at least one meal during every trip, sometimes most meals. I'll remember to bring my own things with me next time.
Breakfast - The cold offerings were fine. There was cereal, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, bagels and pastries. There was a waffle machine. The hot offerings were abysmal. Round egg patties and Canadian bacon the first day; biscuits and gravy the 2nd day. There was very little sausage in the gravy and thus, very little flavor. But there were other options so I gave up on it. Don't count on the kind of spread you would get at one of the more upscale suite hotels, with fresh eggs, sausage, bacon, etc. The best quality would be cooking in your own room!
Overall, I would say it's a decent value for money and I would stay here again.
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