We stopped over here on a weeknight the first week of January, well after any parties or big events should have been going on. The place was quite empty when we checked in, and loved the pool-side room with easy access to the pool area that is in the middle of the hotel. The pool is 5 ft at the deepest, and medium sized, so we were able to just sit poolside and watch the kids rather than have to get in ourselves (our 5 year old still wears a life jacket and needs close supervision). There is a medium hot tub with a fountain in the middle just next to the pool, it was all very nice. We were disappointed to find out that the waterslide is only turned on on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (we were there on a Thursday), but later a small family reunion came in and they turned it on, so the kids were pretty happy about that.
This hotel seems to be something of a destination for locals (reunions, soccer parties, etc), so I wonder if this might be the only/best indoor pool in the town that draws them in. I also noted some locals like to come to the hotel bar, which is small and quiet. The party during our stay had mostly preteen girls, and we didn't have any problems with people being loud, rowdy, or drinking. In the morning the local baker's union was having a big meeting in the lobby so, overall it seems this is not just a traveler's stop and the facility does cater to local business.
The room was big, clean, nice beds, really nothing to complain about at all. We had no problems with noise, though it wasn't a super busy night. The only small complaint I could have is that the food left a little something to be desired, but was overall still edible and enjoyable. The restaurant's saving grace is that their prices are very low - I think it was only $14 for the T-bone steak. The steaks were very thin, and the sirloin was dry....if I'd paid $35 a pop I would have complained, but for the price there is really nothing to complain about, just know that it's not going to be a 5-Star meal. The continental breakfast was overall very good, though the biscuits were pretty dry and hardened by 9am, everything else was just fine.
Overall, we'd absolutely stay here again. The price is reasonable and you can't beat the pool facilities. I think if we planned to stay here on a holiday weekend, I might ask first if there are any parties planned since we have small kids, but otherwise I wouldn't hesitate to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Meeting and Event Space for Conferences, Weddings and Banquets Near Topeka Attractions Comfort and convenience are standards at the Ramada Topeka West hotel. Located at Interstate 70 and Fairlawn Road, find yourself only moments away from the best Kansas attractions and nightlife. A relaxing dining experience is closer than ever at the Landmark Grill, located on-site and featuring nightly food and drink specials. Begin your day with a free hot breakfast buffet in the Pantry. Get a great workout in our fitness center followed by a refreshing swim in our indoor heated pool with hot tub and water slide. Guest traveling for work will appreciate our business center, meeting facilities and banquet space, along with Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel. Our pet-friendly Topeka hotel also offers room service, free local area shuttle and suite accommodations. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS Bring the whole family and spend a day at the Topeka Zoo, or choose to witness exciting races at the NHRA Racetrack. Visit your favorite student or go on a campus tour close by at Washburn University, then step back in time at the Kansas Museum of History. The Kansas State Capital is also minutes away from our hotel in Topeka. DINING OPTIONS Landmark Grill, located onsite, is open nightly while the Pantry is open for breakfast and offers convenient room service. If you'd rather venture out, Paisano's Ristorante features authentic Italian specialties while the Blue Moose Bar & Grill boasts delicious pub cuisine in a casual setting. For dinner and a comedy or music show, stop by Jeremiah Bullfrogs Sports Bar and Grill or try a fresh tapped beer at Blind Tiger Brewery. When you're in the mood for traditional Italian food with a twist, visit Johnny Carino's. BUSINESS AND EVENT FACILITIES Our hotel in Topeka features event space for large and small meetings, weddings, banquet events and more. Also take advantage of our onsite business center with copy, print and fax capabilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Topeka Hotel Topeka
- Holiday Inn Topeka West
- Topeka Holiday Inn