I'm currently at the HGI and have been for a surprising 10 months solid, in the same room for an extended business contract. I see that the neighboring Country Inn & Suites is rated #1 on this site. The Hilton Garden Inn is clearly a better property. The Country Inn and Suites is certainly a nice property and if anyone is looking for an extended-stay suite with a kitchen, the CIS has large brick house in its parking lot converted to several residences. Convenient if you need a kitchen, but they are very dated.
Since essentially "living" in the HGI for this time in a suite with a wet-bar/ fridge/ microwave I have managed without a kitchen for this entire time.
There are several decent dining options and, of course, the Firefly Grill which is a gem in itself and could easily hold its own in any major city in the world. The Bar/ Restaurant at the Hilton is very nice as well and is generally "the" hangout for locals and business travelers, short of the Firefly.
I travel the world for business and pleasure and short of the cookie-cutter facade and basic exterior appearance of the HGI, the staff, the price, the service, the food are top notch. In fact, for a non-location-specific hotel I would rate the HGI in Effingham a much cleaner and pleasant hotel experience than I've had in much more expensive hotels in London, Madrid, New York.
I'm not trying to fool anyone, it's clearly Effingham, IL with very little draw. But, I generally stay at Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental properties and was and still am pleasantly surprised.
By the way, the same guy owns the HGI and the Country Inn & Suites, and the Holiday Inn (skip....)
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