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Mark Twain Hotel
Ranked #6 of 23 Hotels in Peoria
Certificate of Excellence
Old VIRGINIA
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124 reviews
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“Blew the travel budget here . . .”
Reviewed July 26, 2010

It was worth it. Wife and I enjoyed a day and night overlooking the Illinois River from our fourth floor room. From the lobby to our room, all was first class. In the morning, breakfast of omelets completed our fantasy. We left Peoria knowing that, one day, we would return to the Mark Twain Hotel.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 26, 2010

Staff, room and free breakfast in the morning were great as was the wifi, sitting room and decor. Even better was the free dvd's and popcorn. Not so great was the noise from the interstate if your room faces the river. Once my room was changed, it was a perfect stay.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
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Savannah, Georgia
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Reviewed February 8, 2010

When we lived in Peoria a few years back, the Mark Twain had a reputation for mediocrity. We had heard they made significant renovations, decided to give it a try and are so glad we did! They have really freshened up what had been a very tired hotel. It now has a boutique hotel feel instead of a run-down atmosphere. The rooms are lovely - comfortable and nicely decorated, and they have made an effort to provide storage space in what are fairly small rooms. (It is still an older hotel!) They have yet to get around to replacing the old TVs with flat screens, but since we were not there to watch TV that was not an issue. They have also added a fitness room, which was not the best but served my needs. Our room rate included 2 free drinks per person per night plus a decent hot breakfast. We did not have a chance to go to the restaurant (Two25) for dinner, but locals tell us it is outstanding.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
Reviewed November 9, 2009

Very nice hotel from the lobby on up. Lobby is an old fashioned library--very plush. With a coffee/hot chocolate machine. Staff are nice and helpful. Room was nice and spacious and the bed comfy. Had DVD player and good sound system. Also had a whole catalog of movies to borrow from them. Room had the quietest fridge ever and the best use of space for their ironing board. Restaurant on site is very good. Dinner is not included but breakfast is and the chefs make anything just the way you like. Excellent waffles. FD also gives you two free drink coupons per night of stay.
Lodging there gets you admission to the Riverplex which is a great gym offering everything you need. Hotel uses Bath and Bodyworks products. John the concierge was very helpful and can help you plan anything you need. Hertz onsite. Everything in Peoria is just a few mins drive away and quite a few things walkable.

My only problem with hotel staff is that upon checkin they didn't tell me about the Riverplex and I found out later. Only reason I did not give this hotel full marks is for the noise outside. My view of the river was very nice but there is a lot of traffic. Usually it really bothers my sleep but it did not this time. I am going back there!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
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Cary, IL
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Reviewed November 9, 2009

We booked this hotel as part of a trip through Illinois. What a great find. The hotel has been newly remodeled and the rooms were clean and bright. A little on the small side but we were just there for the night. The room rate came with 2 free drinks per person which we enjoyed at the bar before our dinner at the hotel restaurant Two25 I would have to say that our dinner there was one of the best we've had in a long time. Our room rate also included a free made to order breakfast the next morning. We each had an omelet and it was a fantastic way to start the day. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Chicago
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Reviewed November 3, 2009

The staff was very friendly, helpful and resourceful. The renovated rooms are not huge, but furnished nicely. The daily drink tickets, free breakfast, and free shuttle are a great bonus. I'd definitely come back again.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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Reviewed October 10, 2009

My only other hotel experience in Peoria was the deteriorating and much-reviled Holiday Inn just down the street. The Mark Twain, which is about the same price as the Holiday Inn, is VASTLY better. It's clean, beautifully decorated, and the staff is very pleasant and friendly. The amenities are a bit limited (particularly room service, which is somewhat grudgingly provided by the adjoining restaurant), which makes this hotel less suitable for vacation travelers looking for a luxury getaway, but if you're in Peoria on business or attending a family event, you probably won't care. As other reviewers have pointed out, the rooms are extremely small, but they are pleasant and comfortable. The Mark Twain will definitely be my first choice on future trips to Peoria.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
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Property: Mark Twain Hotel
Address: 225 NE Adams St, Peoria, IL 61602-1239
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Location: United States > Illinois > Peoria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Peoria
#8 Business Hotel in Peoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Mark Twain Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 111
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Peoria's Premier Boutique Hotel. Proud to be independent and locally owned. Guests receive complimentary Starbucks coffee and cocoa in the lobby, Seattle's Best in-room coffee, free parking, free drinks, free wi-fi, free smiles. Featuring a complimentary breakfast including made-to-order omelets and Belgian style waffles. Business or Pleasure - why not both? ... more   less 
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