My family stayed here at least 7 times between September 2007 and November 2008, as well as my husband staying for business at least 50 times. We live in the far NW suburbs of Chicago. My husband accepted an well-paying but risky (in terms of turnover) job in Middleton, WI and decided to commute because of the uncertainty in the job and the markets. All family is in Chiicago area. My husband made this Courtyard his number one choice and joining the rewards program has proven quite helpful and indeed rewarding. Since the commute on I-90 was often treacherous during winter months, my husband put in extra hours at work and then relaxed at the Courtyard overnight, rather than driving 90 miles home in the snow. There were several weekends that he needed to stay in Wisconsin for work rather than weather, so I would drive the children to the Courtyard and we would stay from Friday night until Monday morning. We got a suite or adjoining rooms, and it was like home, but better. The suite had a fridge so I could feed the children a cereal breakfast and sandwich lunch, pizza places deliver for dinner. The many local restaurants were kid friendly and affordable when we went, but we usually stayed in becasue all the children wanted to do was go to the POOL. This pool is PERFECT for a family with small children. The zero-depth entry makes it easy to keep an eye on more than one pre-schooler. We wore float suits for extra safety, but they really preferred to stay in the shallow end because there is so much going on to maintain their attention. There is a very safe foam slide that lands in about 10 inches of water. There is a low foam crab to climb on. There are several fountain holes, which can be covered with your foot; the more holes you stand on the higher the remaining water shoots into the air. There is a tall, broad rainshower, and a long pipe that trickles water that is in about a foot of water, where the kids like to stand and get their hair wet. (No, they don't like this during bathtime at home, but here, when they can control it...they walk in and out! : D). A small bucket overhead fills up with water and dumps every few minutes. Poolside of the shallow end there are pumps that can be pushed down and massive air bubbles come up from the bottom to the surface. All sorts of learning is going on while they are playing with the water. There were small balls available to toss around, and foam noodles that the kids loved to play with by floating on, collecting or smacking the surface of the water for a noisy splash. The deeper end had basket ball nets and kickboards for older children, and there is a roped off section between the two for just leisure swimming without any splashing. We pulled the kids around in a blow up boat. We also brought tiny squirt guns and a few toys, which the staff had no problem with us adding.
The food at the buffet was great and we ate there a few times for breakfast. Depending on the day or time of year, we were able to get $10 per adult, kids free. In the room with the suite it was great to be able to watch grownup tv, while they were on the pullout in the main room, with their choice of kid channels. The staff was immediately attentive with things in the room such as a rollaway when the pullout became a mine/yours issue. They also printed me a map at the desk to the nearest 24 hour grocery when we needed specific allergy medicine, extra pull ups, and grown up beverages for Mom and Dad. My husband now works more locally, so we haven't been there in awhile, but my kids have been asking. I would always reccomend calling to make sure pool will be open during your stay as I imagine they need to close it for maintenance occasionally. It was always clean and operating when we went, and a clean hot tub is there, too. Plenty of towels stocked at the pool. I hope your experience is just as pleasant. --Susie
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