We stayed there one night, in July, and chose this hotel because we had to make a long drive from Mississipi to Chicago and so it was conveniently located. First we were a little bit disappointed, when we arrived, because we needed to relax, maybe find a good restaurant nearby, and certainly have a good night sleep... All what we saw was a hotel facing the Interstate, lots of trucks, lots of road works, and no sight of any restaurant.
But as soon as we checked in, we knew we were going to like this place. The man at the front desk was really very nice and professional. He gave us the kind of room we asked for: first floor, and facing the Interstate (sounds silly after such a long drive, but in fact, we love to drive, and love the view of highways!). The room was very clean and pretty, and we heard no noise at all from the rooms upstairs (it's a two-floor hotel). The noise from the Interstate was very tolerable - not at all a disturbance. The first-floor rooms have two doors: one going to the parking lot where you can park your car just in front of your room, and a second door going into an interior corridor (for the ice and vending machines). There are chairs in front of each room, outside, so it was nice to sit there and relax. Several workers were sitting there too, chatting and having some drinks. But they made no noise and that was not at all a disturbance.
The outdoor pool is located at the end of the building, with wild bushes behind it, so it's not very "fancy", with a couple of leaves and dead bees in the water... Oh well, it's nature, we didn't mind and enjoyed the pool very much ! Very calm, very relaxing. Had the visit of a stray cat who seems in fact to live there, at the hotel.. .Was very friendly with people, so as we love animals, that was like a bonus - he was like a four-legged ambassador to make sure we would enjoy our stay !
There is a sport bar which serves food also, adjacent to the hotel. We went there for a beer and found it was a very nice place - the people there were families, truck drivers, workers, tourists... Interesting conversations ! We finally ordered some mozzarella sticks - the woman at the bar was really friendly and also very fast. The food was very good.
So we would come back in this hotel with no hesitation , it was a very relaxing atmosphere, beautiful , comfortable room, and friendly people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Raintree Inn!Located right off the highway, this hotel offers easy access to Harley Barn, Effingham Performance Center, Lake Sara and Corvette Funfest Car Shows.Those dropping in for some rest or those on a vacation will enjoy that the Raintree Inn is located near the Effingham County Fairgrounds, Cross Country Mall, Petro Stopping Center, Lake Sara and Effingham Performance Center. This Illinois hotel is just five miles away from the beach, fishing and golf. Many guests also stay at the Raintree Inn for the area's events, including Corvette Funfest Car Shows. Those visiting students or faculty at the area's schools will have just a short commute - Effingham Public Schools is just one mile away from this Illinois Best Western. Lakeland College and Eastern Illinois University are also nearby. Business travelers can enjoy easy access to Telemind Corporation and Open Prairie Ventures Corporation. Traveling to and from this Effingham, IL hotel is a breeze with Mattoon Airport just 28 miles away and easy access to the Greyhound bus terminal. Feel right at home in the well-appointed rooms at this pet-friendly Illinois hotel with comfortable beds and generous amenities. The spacious, clean rooms at this Effingham, IL hotel offer high-speed Internet access, a coffeemaker and cable satellite television with HBO®. Get the perfect start to each day at this Illinois Best Western with a complimentary continental breakfast, including waffles, toast, cereal, fruit, oatmeal and biscuits and gravy. Unwind at the onsite Chaser's cocktail lounge or soak up some sun at the outdoor seasonal pool. Guests can also enjoy the convenience of an onsite restaurant, complimentary coffee, free popcorn and free parking at the BEST WESTERN Raintree Inn. Truck/RV parking is also available at this Effingham hotel - making this the perfect place to stay if you need to rest while on the road. For an affordable trip to Effingham, IL, reserve a stay at the BEST WESTERN Raintree Inn. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Effingham
- Effingham Best Western