When you walk into the lobby of the Lexington Inn & Suites in Effingham, Illinois and see the wonderful glass tiles and fireplace with flat screen TV's your expectations for a "hidden gem" hotel are raised. However, when you see your room you realize they put all the rehab money into the lobby like the hotel rescue show on cable TV. One hint in the lobby should have been the great fireplace with the Virginia dry-stack stone work -- which was turned off. It was a cold, nasty night when I arrived, a warm fire would have been a real treat, but I'll bet they only turn the gas fireplace on for special occations like Thanksgiving and Christmas to save money.
They saved money in the guest room too. I was on the 4th floor and the elevator had a broken-up cheap fake wood laminate on the floor. The carpet in my room was long past its replacement date with large dark stains in the middle (I am guessing food stains) on the carpet and a very nasty looking white stain right by the bed (where you would put your feet to get out of bed) as if someone vomited in bed and the stomach-acid had bleached the beige carpet white. The room TV is an old, square, tube-set not the HD flat screens most hotels now have in their rooms. No mini-fridge or microwave, although there is a nice stone counter top sink. . The desk chair was old and ripped with a splash of white paint on it -- maybe a temporary replacement as it didn't fit the room décor.
Breakfast is limited to cold cereal, imitation-looking scrambled eggs, and pasty briskets and gravy. I went down the street to McDonald's. One the plus side, the hotel is in easy walking distance to the convention center, several sit-down restaurants, and Wal-Mart is right across the street if you need shaving cream or toothpaste.
Bottom line: if you want a nice room book next door at the Hilton Garden Inn. I've stayed there several times and enjoyed it. If you want cheap and you can get this hotel on a sale price, it's someplace to sleep. Other hotels near by are Country Inn & Suites and Fairfield Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Baymont Inn and Suites Effingham, conveniently located just off of I-57 and I-70 at exit 160. The City of Effingham bills itself as "The Crossroads of Opportunity" because of its location at the intersection of these two major highways. Our exceptional property features a heated indoor pool and fitness center with upgraded Star Trac cardio equipment with personal entertainment options, guest laundry facility, and complimentary wireless Internet access in all guest rooms and public areas. Corporate travelers will appreciate the convenience of our business center and meeting room, which can accommodate up to 10 guests. Our spacious guest rooms and executive suites welcome guests with a bedding collection that will have you waking up re-energized and refreshed. Guest room amenities include coffeemaker, cable TV, desk with lamp, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, complimentary local calls, and wake-up service. Executive suites also feature microwaves, mini-fridges, and double-sized sofa beds. We invite our guests to enjoy complimentary coffee all day in our breakfast area and our complimentary daily continental breakfast. Our Effingham hotel is convenient to all that our area has to offer, including local attractions such as The Effingham Performance Center, Mid America Motorworks, and the local landmark "The Cross at the Crossroads". Outdoor recreational opportunities include nearby TREC Recreation Trails, Lake Sara Marina, and Fore-Way Golf Course. Do some shopping at the Village Square Mall, or catch a movie at Village Square Cinemas. Enjoy a meal out of one of the nearby local restaurants such as Cracker Barrel, Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, or Firefly Grill. An easily accessible location, affordable rates, exceptional customer service, and superb accommodations make the Baymont Inn and Suites the perfect choice when visiting the Effingham area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Effingham Hotel Effingham
- Holiday Inn Effingham
- Effingham Holiday Inn