Those of you who've seen my other reviews know I really strive to be accurate in recommending a hotel. In this case, it's a little difficult, because "it depends".... For instance, if you want modern furnishings, new carpeting, fancy lighting - this is not the place for you. The furniture is older and out of style, as are the lamps, though the bathroom was very modern. The amenities aren't fancy - basic hotel soap, and European-style pump shower gel, shampoo and conditioner in the shower.
If, however, you want terrific value for your dollar, a bathroom where everything works and the towels are deliciously clean, comfortable bed, and really wonderful staff, this is your place.
Let me note that I upgraded us to a "two room suite" for $139 a night, yes a little pricey in this area - but we had family with us, and a pet, so in the end it was less expensive than two separate rooms at the other nearby hotels. The Holiday Inn Express wanted $75 per night for our small dog!!! The Drury asked $10, and the reservation clerk was much more helpful from the start. We could easily have had a basic double for $85, maybe even a little less, and that price was in line with the other hotels nearby.
From the moment I made our reservation (first through the website, then double-checking directly by phone), everyone was beyond pleasant and helpful. The lobby areas, halls were super clean and well maintained. The pool, likewise, and it opens onto a nice sitting area - not fancy, on the parking lot, but still nice. And when was the last time you saw an indoor/outdoor pool?
Everything, and I mean everything, worked. The water was really hot. The sinks (yes, there were two!) and tub drained well. The Wifi was painless, television nice, fridge already cold, microwave working, and our couch had a lovely new fabric that made the whole place feel very homey.
I admit I wasn't expecting much when they said "We offer free drinks and food from 5.30 to 7 every night." Someone mentioned chicken strips and mac and cheese. The kids were thrilled; the adults, not so much. What a shock, then, to find a full spread with something for everyone! Nacho chips and melted cheese, hot dogs with buns, chicken tenders, beautiful baked potatoes rolled in salt and cooked perfectly, a basic but perfectly adequate bowl of salad fixings, with separate celery and carrot sticks - very fresh! - for those of us watching our waists, full selection of dressings, chips and pretzels, free soda and coffee (not the generic stuff for either, a pleasant surprise).
When the desk clerk told us we were entitled to "three free drinks", we assumed he meant beer or cheap wine. Nope. Full bar. Vodka, whiskey, mixed drinks, at no extra charge.
When I mentioned to the woman serving drinks that we had family still in the room, and I didn't want to leave our dog there alone for fear he'd annoy the other guests by barking, she quickly arranged a tray so I could bring my dinner back with me!
Plenty of outlets, though you might have to check the side of the desk for extras instead of looking at the lamps or floorboards. Extra towels and linen already stocked in the bathroom and closet.
The only quibble I might have would be with whoever was in charge of housekeeping on our floor (6th). Not a huge deal, but it's odd when every single dresser drawer - there were 15 all told between the two rooms - is super clean except one. That one had bits of lint and what looked like small trash that could easily have been cleaned with a wet paper towel. Not actually dirty, just overlooked. There was a piece of popcorn under the living room dresser, too. And a couple of long dark hairs in the shower soap dish, which I removed before my wife could see them. The rest of the room was spotless, which made these failings odd. Even the lightbulbs in the lamps were dusted - and you NEVER see that! - and the bedside phone looked like it had actually been wiped down with alcohol or a good cleanser.
Bed linens, white, fit for Anthony Melchiorri. Comfortable pillows. Air conditioners worked well enough that we were cold and had to turn one off. Again, a rarity.
This is not a hotel for people who expect the best of everything - but I happily would trade modern furniture - and yes, even one slightly funky drawer, a piece of stray popcorn, and two hairs in the shower - for the friendliness and extra amenities this place provides. I will definitely be looking for more Drury Inns in my travels!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Drury Inn offers its guests a variety of free extras – take, for example, our free hot breakfast. At Drury, “hot” means scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, sausage and make-your-own Belgian waffles. In the evening, join us at our 5:30 Kickback® for free hot food and cold beverages. Our rotating menu features a variety of hot foods, baked potatoes, garden salad, beer, wine, mixed drinks and more! To burn off all of those free extras, Drury has a 24-hour exercise center and a parking lot to jog around. Lastly, Drury’s free wireless Internet and free long distance calls will ensure you can keep tabs on all of your posse back home. Located right off I-70, this Indiana city is more than a fuel stop. Terre Haute is full of museums, art galleries and home to Indiana State University. ... more less
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