This is a fairly new property next door to an upscale multi-use complex with stores, offices and condominiums with several lower floors available for free hotel parking. This is the hotel's only drawback as there is no direct link between the two buildings. The lobby is bright and cheery and the front desk staff helpful and accommodating within their limits (they were unable to convert Marriott Rewards points to airline mileage; I had to do that on-line or by phone later). Lacking a mini-fridge (and not being offered one) having booked only a "standard room," I asked to be placed near an ice machine as I needed to chill insulin. The staff put me right next to that first floor facility, though it was at the far end of the hall across from the fitness center and pool. The room had the usual white 3-wall and ceiling/one wall some shade of brown paint job offset by a lovely blue and green carpet with a tasteful, classically inspired overlaid square pattern. The large window overlooked a nearby sidewalk with some questionable passers-by, but I certainly felt safe. Situated next to very busy Route 54/Kellogg Ave., the room was remarkably well sound-proofed, although nearby train whistles could certainly not be ignored. The furniture was functional, although the one very small easy chair was wedged into a corner between an exterior wall and bedside table. Happily, the bedside lamps sported sockets with which I could plug in my CPAP machine.
The king-sized bed was blissfully comfortable and the bathroom amply supplied, although in order to open the bathtub drain (Why do maids insist on closing these when I'd guess 75% of lodgers take showers?), I found myself unwittingly pulling the entire stopper out of the drain.
Even at the senior rate, I found this property a bit over-priced - especially for a week-end night in Wichita, KS. I by-passed the complimentary breakfast as I was eager to be on my way the morning of my departure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located next to the WaterWalk development, our hotel is just minutes away from Old Town - Wichita's entertainment district, as well as the Intrust Bank Arena, Lawrence Dumont Stadium, and many museums and restaurants. The Fairfield Inn and Suites Wichita Downtown is a short drive from many of Wichita's major companies, such as Cargill, Flight Safety, Boeing and Learjet-Bombardier. ... more less
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