I chose this hotel for the convenience of being able to walk into the centre of Colorado Springs and without having to pay silly prices for the priviledge by staying at the Hilton in town.
The Clarion is right next door to the Quality Inn and shares some of the property, but overall I preferred the price and facilities of the Clarion, Both are right off the I-25 at W Bijou St and difficult to miss.
The welcome was very warm and I received a nice goodie bag for being a Choice Points member containing candies, popcorn and bottles of water, though I was disappointed with the water. Given the hotel is right at the base of the Rockies with all those gushing mountain springs, it was a shame the bottles contained Nestle purified water.
I arrived just before 6pm which was fortuitous as the hotel serves a "manager's reception" from 4pm-6pm Monday-Thursday, where guests can enjoy two complementary drinks. They have a range of beers, wines or can do a branded spirit with a mixer if you prefer that. There's usually some snack food such as meatballs, mini-sausages, cheese, meats and crackers to accompany the drinks.
All in all, a nice addition, as is the cooked-to-order breakfast. You can choose the type of eggs and the side dishes you want with them, and the order is made and brought to your table. In the meantime you can help yourself to juices, coffee, yoghurt, pastries and cereals.
The cooked food was good quality, although the omelets seemed to be made with a mix rather than fresh eggs, so individual eggs seemed the better choice. The only real downside is having to endure some rabid sports commentators shouting each other down on the TV which seems to be the selection of choice for one particular server. There are free copies of the Wall Street Journal delivered to the rooms and available in the lobby if you need something a little more upscale with your breakfast.
For amenities, there are a couple of PCs in the lobby with a printer if you need them, and there are three washers and three dryers in the guest laundry. Washing costs $2 and drying is $1.50, although you'll probably need $3 worth of drying to get clothes dry. Detergent is available from the front desk for $1 and they can provide quarters too, since there is no change machine.
The room itself was spacious with a separate area for the fridge, microwave and coffee maker, together with a sink and bar seating. The fridge is switched off by default, so remember to turn it on inside if you want to use it.
Furnishings were fine and what was expected for the price and there was good storage space for hanging clothes. Criticisms would be the lack of ventillation in the bathroom which meant any odours in there either lasted for hours or spread to the rest of the room, the quality of some of the power outlets which didn't grip the plug, leaving it to fall out at times, and the poor selection of TV channels. There is a flat screen TV but not much to watch on it.
I'd also say to take care when leaving the room, as some door handles don't return to the closed position on the inside, so you close the door and it looks locked, but you can still open it without a key unless you make sure the inside handle is in the up position. Finally, while there was a little noise from the adjoining room through the party door (not the walls), it sounded like there was an elephant lodging upstairs. Either that, or the floors let through a lot of noise.
The rest of the property is looking somewhat worn and a little frayed around the edges. There are cracked walkways, internal doors which don't lock properly and an odd front door arrangement with two sets of double doors where only the outer doors open automatically. If you're struggling through with suitcases, don't be fooled into thinking the second doors open automatically too or you'll look daft just standing there.
Overall, it was about what I expected. The quality of service and inclusive services counterbalanced the rather frayed property. For the price I think it's a good choice for anyone wanting to be near the centre of Colorado Springs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Clarion Hotel® & Conference Center is a 100 percentnon-smoking full-service hotel located just nine miles fromthe Colorado Springs Airport. With convenient access toInterstate 25, this Colorado Springs, CO hotel is close tomany local points of interest, including Colorado College,the United States Air Force Academy, United StatesOlympic Training Center, Pikes Peak "America's Mountain"and Garden of the Gods public park.The business traveler will welcome the convenience of thebusiness center, complete with fax and copy service.As one of Colorado Springs' only full-service, mid-size,downtown hotels, the Clarion Hotel & Conference Centeroffers 10,000 square feet of functional meeting spaceand a full range of catering services. Whether planning ameeting for 14, a reunion for 50 or a reception for 200, wecan accommodate events in a setting that is both unique andrelaxing. Our experienced and professional convention andcatering staff can make any event a success with our "Be OurBest" service.Guests of this Colorado Springs, CO hotel will enjoy a varietyof deluxe amenities, such as:• Free hot American breakfast with scrambled eggs,sausage, hashbrowns and more• Manager's reception Monday through Thursdayproviding two free cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for eachguest• Free wireless high-speed Internet access in all rooms• Free local calls• Free newspaperBe sure to enjoy our state of the art indoor saltwater pooland hot tub or relax in the beautiful courtyard garden.A grab-and-go food and beverage counter in the lobby isavailable 24 hours, offering sandwiches, soups, salads, beer,wine and cocktails. In addition, guests are invited to takeadvantage of the downtown YMCA facilities; contact the frontdesk for free passes.All of our guest rooms feature such standard amenitiesas hair dryers, coffee makers, irons, ironing boards,refrigerators and microwaves.For added convenience, an ATM is on the premises. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Hotel Colorado Springs
- Clarion Colorado Springs
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