We stayed at the Fairfield for two nights during a recent weekend. The hotel is in a very convenient location, right off the freeway with quick access to downtown to the northeast and a shopping area (Target, etc.) to the west. There are a handful of fast food restaurants and a gas station/convenience store nearby. There are also a few other hotels in the immediate area, some of which look a little run-down. The hotel is less than 2 years old and has pleasant modern décor.
Our room (2 queen beds) was immaculate and quite spacious. The bathroom was equally clean and large. Our standard room included a microwave and mini-fridge as well. The heating and cooling of the room is controlled with a wall thermostat and worked well. The window could even be opened a few inches to allow for fresh air.
The desk and housekeeping staff were pleasant and professional. The included breakfast was fresh and offered a good variety of hot and cold items served in a pleasant dining area. (Unfortunately, the hotel does not use biodegradable plasticware or plates so there's quite a bit or trash created each day.)
The only negative aspects of our stay were relatively minor. First, the pool area is a bit small and can feel cramped and noisy if there are unruly kids with inattentive parents there. We would have swam more, but it was downright unpleasant to be in the pool area for most of the weekend. Also, rooms on the south side of the hotel have a fair amount of noise from the highway, trains, and nearby race track. Finally, the shower head was so powerful (and not adjustable) that it was almost uncomfortable.
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