[Note - I'd really give this a 3.5 if I could. I don't think its quite 4, but it didn't dissapoint me enough to drop to a 3]
Anyway, my buddy and I took our teenage daughters to La Crosse last week for three nights. I really love their two bedroom layout - its like being in an apartment. It worked well for us - we put the girls in one room, one of us was in the second room, and the other on the sleeper sofa. Both bedrooms and the common room have tvs.
Location - You can't beat the location of the hotel as it is right near Riverside Park (though no direct view of the river) and central to lots of bars and restaurants.
The Room - The room was clean, and everything was functional and in good repair. The water pressure in the shower was a bit on the low side, but ok. The only thing the kitchen lacks is an oven, so its set up well for those who want to eat in. We ordered in, but used the fridge and micro for leftovers. The main room has a couch and a comfy chair, and there are two additional chairs at the kitchen island that you could pull in if needed. It seemed just a bit dark, as if one more light in the room would have come in handy, but that was no big deal.
The Pool - I concur with previous posts on this topic. I think this was quite literally the smallest hotel pool I have ever seen, plus its a goofy "L" shape. My totally unscientific measurement is about 17' on the long side, and about 10' on the short side. Or to put this another way, its just right for the arm-floaty set, but I wouldn't get in if there had been more than six or seven people, especially if they were adult size. The hot tub is also small - it has a posted capacity of four. Having said that, both were clean, the hot tub was hot, and the pool was not too cold. Because the entire area is small there is also only one table, but there is a mezzanine with a few more tables accessible from the second floor.
Breakfast - The hotel gets low marks for breakfast. We were there for three mornings and each morning it was the same scrambled eggs. Two mornings included bacon, and they finally switched it up the third morning and did sausage links instead. There is also a waffle maker, but unfortunately only one. Plus there is the usual assortment of bread/bagels/doughnut, a couple kinds of cereal, and oatmeal packets. Breakfast also suffers from the layout of the area (small, and crammed into a corner) and the generally small amount of seating - one morning we just took our food back to the room. As a result, the area became quite crowded, but we were not on any real time schedule and if there was a crowd we just tried again ten minutes later. But not everybody has that luxury, and I think breakfast selection, and the breakfast area, is becoming more of a big differentiator between hotels. If other hotels offered similar room layouts I might very well choose differently based on the breakfast alone.
By the way, all the staff we dealt with over the three days were very friendly and helpful with suggestions and maps, etc....
Final note - we were in Room 208, which happens to be directly above a mechanical space, with the elevator on one side, and a stairwell on the other. There was quite a bit of noise as a result, to the point where we almost asked to switch rooms after the first night. But we didn't ask so that's on me. On the other hand, all hotels have mechanical spaces and its kind of on them to design for it. So this isn't so much a knock on the hotel as it is a warning - you may want to avoid room 208.
Would I stay here again? For the room layout and location - definitely (just not in 208!). But if other hotels come up with similar layouts I might switch based on the pool and breakfast.
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