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Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center
Ranked #2 of 22 Hotels in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago
2 reviews
“Unknown Gem”
Reviewed December 22, 2008

This hotel is tucked in off Veterans Parkway, so people may not even know it's there we have stayed at some of the other chain hotels, and Eastland Suites is comparable to those,
My husband and I stayed in the building that houses non-suite rooms, The grounds and room were clean and nicely decorated. Our room was spacious as compared to other double-bed rooms. We made it to the tail end of the free breakfast, which by then, was just okay. The only real concern is that the building is not secured late at night (we returned to the hotel at 1:00a.m.) and you can just walk in without using your key card.
There's lots of shopping and restaurants close-by. It's 10 minutes from the ISU campus. We will definitely stay here whenever we are in the Bloomington area again.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Security
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank SLPChicago
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Chicago
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93 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2008

I stayed there for two weeks in the middle of this past January. My room was the King One Bedroom Suite and the corporate rate was $89/
night. I was in town for business and my schedule was one that I was working nights. So the basics of my stay.

Continental breakfast was sub-par, the milk tasted funny although it was in date.

There is a pool but I did not see a hot tub.

The room was nice and clean, with five pillows on the bed.

The room had a small kitchen, and it provided the basics for a two week stay.

I was in building nine. The door had a card reader that worked the first week but was out of order the second week. Two calls were placed to the front desk but it had not been fixed when I left.

I asked for a late checkout to get some sleep before leaving for the day. I was promised a time but housekeeping woke me 30 minutes before that agreed upon time.

There is a lot to do in the area surrounding the hotel. There are many restaurants and stores, it is right off Veterans Parkway.

One issue for me was the inability to play XBox Live. The ISP said it is not supported. I wanted to relax by playing the system.

Overall it was a pretty nice place, I think the front desk staff could have been a bit nicer, but it was usually busy when I went in there. Most other places were booked for the times I needed and I will not stay at Days Inn type places.

Good luck getting anything from housekeeping, they don't speak English.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Lack of XBox Live support
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled on business
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2 Thank unsung
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Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 16, 2007

We stayed here for a family wedding Oct. 5-6, 2007. Our king size suite was clean, huge, full kitchen and patio (or deck on second floor) - great price at $85, a group rate. Our family booked about 15 rooms of various sizes and there were only compliments. Staff was exceptionally helpful and friendly. Continental breakfast has fresh fruit, yogurt, make-your-own waffles, cold cereal, instant oatmeal, bagels, muffins, juice, etc. - more than enough to get you started. Great indoor pool, and small workout room. This is more like a studio apt. complex than a hotel with a series of 2-story buildings for the suites situated around a nice gazebo/garden area with grilling deck, and a conference center (where the wedding reception took place, so exceptionally convenient). The non-suite rooms are in a separate building, and those who had that type of accommodation had no complaints. Restaurants and shopping are close by. It appears that this facility has been recently remodeled. We travel often and found this to be a most enjoyable experience. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Liked — Large, clean suite
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
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1 Thank TomAndME
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Columbus OH
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed November 29, 2006

Having stayed in one of the loft suites 5 years ago, we rebooked owing the the large suite size, the indoor pool, and the proximity to town. The hotel consists of a main reception building with a pool, and several outbuildings containing multiple suites, and adjacent parking. The accomodations appeared not to have changed at all in 5 years. There was no evidence that the owners were putting any investment into upgrading the facilities. Although the room was very clean and neat, there was a lot of visible "wear and tear". The shower head was broken, the folding door fell off the tracks, and the hide-a-bed mattress support was broken. The loft rooms are on the second floor, and you will be hauling your suitcases up many stairs to get into your suite. The front desk staff was pleasant and accomodating. The indoor pool was very nice, as on the previous stay. The breakfast service was only fair, and the nighttime cocktail service was pretty depressing, under the glare of large fluorescent light fixtures. Next trip, we'll try somewhere else. For the money, it looks like you can book 2 rooms at one of the newer chain hotels in the area.

  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
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Thank G.Frankie
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Cusco, Peru
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2006

I stayed here for just one night in June 2006...the staff were great and eager to assist me in any way they could. My flight was very early and they still found me a room, and were very reasonable about getting a later checkout time. Very welcoming place.

  • Stayed June 2006, traveled on business
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3 Thank bdiver2016
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St Louis, MO
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed May 26, 2006

We had a one night stay at this hotel. Very disappointing. We must not have stayed in the renovated area...old old carpets, awful looking bedspreads. The walls were paper thin and the electricity went off in our room while we were getting ready. Food area not big enough...not enough tables, overcrowded by mobs of children. They need to expand the seating. Not impressed with this hotel!!!

  • Stayed May 2006
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Thank KgageStLouis
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Illinois
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 23, 2006

During the 1st day of a 3 day state convention, the bank forclosed on the Staywood Hotel and Conference Center where we were staying. Over 100 of us were suddenly ordered to evacuate as the hotel was closed. With help from a rep from the local Visitors Bureau, and within an hour of the closing of our previous hotel, the Eastland Suites provided us with rooms at a very good price. Holly, the desk clerk (and another young lady working with her) was calm and helpful and we quickly were checked in and had an opportunity to freshen up before we headed to our alternate meeting place. The rooms had the larger type of mini fridge, a microwave and coffee pot. All of us discussed how much we appreciated the fact that besides the full bath, there was another sink with full mirror in the room making it convenient for 2 women to get ready in the morning without bothering each other. A nice continental breakfast was held in an area off the lobby. We did not have a chance to use the indoor pool but it looked very nice.

  • Stayed April 2006, traveled on business
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1 Thank jmonwood
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Property: Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center
Address: 1801 Eastland Dr, Bloomington, IL 61704-3530
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Location: United States > Illinois > Bloomington
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bloomington
#1 Best Value Hotel in Bloomington
#1 Family Hotel in Bloomington
#3 Business Hotel in Bloomington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 112
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eastland Suites is conveniently located one block off of Veteran's Parkway on Bloomington’s East Side. Guests start their mornings with a complimentary daily hot breakfast and unwind in the evenings with a complimentary cocktail hour Monday thru Saturday. Guests can also enjoy our indoor pool and fitness center, along with discounted passes to nearby Gold’s Gym. A perfect experience is what we sought to create with our newly remodeled Guestrooms and Suites. Our theme is casual elegance, comfort and style using warm textiles in pleasing tones to create the perfect environment for effortless relaxation. Our uniqueness comes with spacious interior as well as a plush exterior. Every suite features a patio or balcony allowing our guests access to our rich green space. Whatever may bring you to Central Illinois, Eastland Suites offers the finest accommodations and service whether you are staying a day, week, month or even longer. ... more   less 
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