As a Homewood Suites fanatic and a frequent guest of the Farmington, CT location, I must admit that I had to tear myself away a travel a little south to experience the newly opened Homewood Suites Wallingford, which I can only say was equally wonderful, if not better. For those who had complaints regarding the staff at the Farmington location (I personally never had problems), this is the place to be. My significant other, the newly HHonors Gold VIP member of the two of us, was greeted so incredibly kindly upon our arrival. Suffering from a severe ankle sprain, a bag of ice was offered upon leaving the front desk with our keys and Gold VIP “extras”.
The only surprise I had, was that the rooms appeared much smaller than in Farmington; or maybe the living room spaces were inverted with bedroom ones. However, the furniture was much richer in quality than at the Farmington location, possibly the benefit of being a brand new property. I did miss having VCR, although only because it might be the first time in my life I’ve traveled with a VHS tape, strangely enough.
The whirlpool and pool area were beautiful, clean, and accessible. We were encouraged to go there for “sprained ankle treatment” and the amazing front desk employee, Ruchelle, stopped by to see how things were going. We were greeted just as kindly by the other two front desk representatives, something which we won’t forget.
The breakfast ended a bit early, 9:00am. Sadly, we missed it, which is really too bad as they are always quite good. As usual, we were able to receive a later than usual check-out (thanks to Gold VIP, I assume).
Overall, this is an exceptional property. I am sure that being new has a lot to do with being so wonderful, but with such wonderful customer service and client interaction being nearly unheard of these days, I can honestly say that I was truly 110% satisfied with our stay there. We have since returned for a two-night weekend stay, and our second experience with the Homewood Suites Wallingford was just a sweet as the first one. We were recognized by 2 of the 3 front desk employees, including Ruchelle, who is extremely nice and helpful. We tried out a studio suite this time, and we were quite impressed. It's almost identical to the 1 bedroom suite, though without the wall. As the rooms do seem smaller than at other locations, having the studio suite gave the exact opposite impression; it appeared to be a very spacious room.
Though the location is remote, the quiet surroundings do make for a peaceful stay. If you are familiar with the area, you are at a quasi-equidistant location from New Haven and Hartford. The weekend rates we have gotten have made our stay an even more exceptional value than it already it. We’ll be back – again!
(Check out my other reviews, including: Homewood Suites Farmington, Hilton Montreal/Laval, Hilton Southbury, CT, Hilton Garden Inn Westbury, NY, Hampton Inn Somerset, PA, and Millenium Hilton, New York, NY.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly-renovated Homewood Suites Wallingford-Meriden offers a convenient location, between New Haven and Harford at Exit 15 off I-91, and spacious pet-friendly suites to make it one of the top hotels in Wallingford, CT. This great location nearby Route 68 and CT-15 allows for easy access to greater Wallingford and Meriden’s top destinations including Lake Compounce, Dinosaur State Park, world-class museums in New Haven, and the University of Yale campus. Business travelers will also appreciate the close proximity to the offices of 3M, Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield, McKessen, and Verizon Wireless. This newly renovated Wallingford hotel offers convenient amenities including an indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, and a complimentary full hot breakfast buffet. The renovated, pet-friendly guest rooms are highlighted by modern amenities including fully-equipped kitchens, free WiFi, and flat-screen TVs with premium cable. Choose the Homewood Suites Wallingford-Meriden and enjoy the perfect combination of an ideal location and amenities that make this one of the best hotels in Wallingford, CT. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Homewood Suites Wallingford-Meriden Hotel Wallingford
- Homewood Wallingford
- Wallingford Homewood Suites