Poor planning on my part, I guess. All hotels in the New Haven area were booked solid the weekend of Yale University's commencement, so we had to book a hotel that was farther afield (we usually stay at the Omni New Haven, but lack of foresight ruled this option out). This Hampton Inn in Meriden was the best option, other than paying outrageous prices for something closer but not as good.
When we checked in, there seemed to be some issues with other guests and their rooms being ready, although it was past 5 pm. Fortunately, I believe we got the last available cleaned room (reason given for this: "lack of adequate staffing", whatever that means). Rooms are on the smallish side. We usually book a room with two queen beds, but at this Hampton the only two-bed option was for two doubles, not queens. The room's dimensions made this understandable, as tywo quuen beds would have made for a tight fit. The fitness room (such as it is) has only three pieces of equipment: bike, treadmill & step machine. As with Hampton Inns, breakfast was included: the usual stuff, nothing special at all. Could do worse, I guess.
On the plus side, the hotel is conveniently located near the highway, so getting to New Haven was relatively easy. All in all, I was glad we were able to get a room on somewhat short notice, but definitely would have preferred to stay in New Haven at the Omni. Oh well . . .
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- The Hampton Inn Hotel Meriden - Wallingford is a 100% renovated, new boutique style, Hilton brand hotel - located at a convenient mid-Connecticut crossroads near Middletown, Wesleyan University, Cromwell, Cheshire, New Haven, North Haven and Hartford. Also near Quinnipiac University in Hamden. We deliver a consistent, reliable and great value experience for any length of stay. We pride ourselves on our sense of community, environmental awareness, local flair and flexibility with travel needs. WELCOME! ... more less
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