I stayed at the Parke Regency because the reception for a wedding I was attending was being held there. They bill themselves as “Central Illinois’ only boutique hotel”. Maybe there’s a different definition of boutique but I tend to think of hotels such as the Marriott Autograph Collection – unique, intimate properties with upscale amenities and service. If that’s your definition, you’ll be disappointed here. That said, this isn’t a bad hotel for what it is. It’s on par with a Hampton Inn or Holiday Inn Express with the added benefits of a bar and banquet facility attached.
My room was fine. Good size, clean, and nicely decorated. There was a sitting chair and a refrigerator and microwave in the room. The view, however, was less than spectacular overlooking the dumpsters and the nearby cornfields. The bed was fine but not nearly as nice at the Sheraton or Westin beds with their cotton sheets and thick duvets. My bed had a thin comforter and 60% cotton/40% poly sheets. Again, what I expect in a mid-range hotel and not a boutique one.
There is a breakfast buffet in the morning, much like what you will find at a Hampton or Residence Inn. It’ll fill you up but nothing spectacular. The bar, located between the breakfast area and the banquet facility, seems popular and was crowded both nights I was there and they had Guinness on tap, which is always a plus.
One last thing, the hotel indicates they have shuttle service to the airport but when I called the front desk about it, I was told it doesn’t operate on the weekends.
This isn’t a bad hotel but given the choice, I’ll stay at one of the national chains so I can earn points that will let me stay at a true boutique hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center is part of the Best Western family of hotels as a BW Premier Collection. Completely Renovated Rooms, Public Area, Free Hot Breakfast, On-site Restaurant BraiZe for Lunch and Dinner, Patio with Waterfall (Weather Permitting), Great Staff to make your stay comfortable, Best of all you will earn Best Western Reward Points. ... more less
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