I needed a suite with two separate bedrooms and the Residence Inn was the only hotel in town that offered this on the weekend in question. The hotel is getting new siding, which makes it look pretty shabby right now but it will look good by the end of the summer. The rooms have been recently remodeled and are clean and modern. It is also surprisingly quiet in the room considering how full the hotel was. Breakfast was the typcial free-breakfast fare -- not sure those are real eggs -- so I skipped it after the first day. The hotel staff was very young -- one man didn't have his shirt tucked in (a minor issue, I know.) They have a convenient pantry in the lobby with bare essentials you might need, such as gatorade and hot pockets (calling Jim Gaffigan!) A small pool was way overchlorinated Sunday morning and I had to sit by the emergency exit door, which must have been opened by staff.
Housekeeping staff was everywhere, which means they were very busy the weekend we stayed. It was good to see that this hotel was appropriately staffed.
The location is in Rockford's Hotel Alley on State Street and Bell School Road. Nothing but strip malls as far as the eye can see. Convenient from the freeway and easy enough to get to other stores and restaurants. The good news is that it doesn't take long to get to one of Rockford's many attractions, including the Anderson Japanese Garden.
If you need space and you are on a tight budget, you can't go wrong with the Residence Inn. You get a microwave, toaster, mini-dishwasher, refridgerator, all the dishes and pots and pans you need -- no wooden spoon though. Each bedroom had its own bathroom, flat screen tvs in each of the two bedrooms and the living room, pull out sofa, etc. It was a great way to spread out and make ourselves at home for a weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Residence Inn Rockford is one of the premiere extended stay hotels in Rockford, IL. We're conveniently located near the Rockford Airport, and just minutes away from Magic Waters, Cherryvale Mall, Rock Valley College and Rockford University. Our hotel offers free hot breakfast and free WiFi to all guests, as well as indoor pool and hot tub facilities. We are one of the only pet friendly hotels in Rockford, IL. All Residence Inn hotel rooms come with a full kitchen, including stove top, full refrigerator, dishwasher, and lots of counter space. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rockford Residence Inn