This is a fairly new property, with friendly & professional staff, quiet location, and well worth considering if you want to avoid the congestion and higher prices closer in to Boston or Worcester. HGI's are usually done to a high standard, and this one is no exception...very tasteful interiors, nicely decorated, upscale without being luxurious, warm and inviting in a corporate sort of way.
This hotel has plentiful, easy, free parking. Wifi included and works well, though you can get 4G here if you have your own aircard. Fitness center is good--very up to date Precor equipment incl 1 bike, 2 stair machines, 2 treadmills, universal, freeweights, and adjoining room with small pool and hot tub.
Location is excellent for a particular type of traveler. The hotel sits in a "common" next to a Marriott Spring Hill Suites (which i've also stayed at) and a local bar/grill establishment (comparable to an Applebees). There is no highway or railroad or anything else nearby to generate noise. It's located on an old army base that closed years ago and is being transformed into a business/light industrial center. This means if you like to walk or jog, you have miles and miles of quiet streets to go out onto safely. If you have a bike, you can easily ride around. If you want nightlife, you will have to get in your car and drive elsewhere, as there's none here. So... the experienced traveler who wants a modern, clean, upscale place to stay without any stress and hassle will love it here. A traveler that wants to be in the middle of all the action of a city will be bored here but at least will get a great night sleep.
Rooms are generous in size, with the comfortable, adjustable bed Marriott promotes, assortment of pillows, clean and fresh linens. 42" flatscreen HDTV that actually works and shows channels in hi-def. There's a nice large granite countertop and sink in the bath. Room has desk, coffeemaker, mini-fridge, and microwave. Everything was spotless, clean, and worked.
Breakfast is $12.95, but this might be free for some Hilton Honors members, or they build it into the room rate, give you a "free breakfast" coupon, and you see it itemized on your bill at check out. Breakfast includes omelets and pancakes cooked to order, and the normal self-serve buffet items. Nice dining area. It's like most other HGI's. Quality is good. In fact the cooking was very good, but cooks in these places turn over frequently.
There is a small bar. They offer dinner, but with several good places to eat in the area, i didn't try it.
This hotel is almost perfect, except for one thing. It's a wood frame building, so you can hear noise from people around you walking around, loud TVs, slamming doors, etc. Given the clientele who stay here, this isn't much of a problem unless by luck of the draw you have a rude neighbor, and anyway by 10PM everything's quiet. But those who are really picky light sleepers may want the top floor just in case. (I don't know why any company would build a modern hotel using wood framing, it's inappropriate.)
I would stay here again and would recommend it to others. Prices are about right for the area and the quality of the property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the Hilton Garden Inn Devens Common, we offer the most inviting and relaxing accommodations in Central Massachusetts - and a new concept in a world of ordinary hotels. Located in a quiet New England setting 35 miles from Boston, our stylish Hilton Garden Inn hotel turns your trip into a memorable travel experience. Our spacious accommodations in Devens offer great amenities like complimentary high-speed Internet access, mini-fridge, microwave and plenty of comfortable, flexible seating. After a great night's sleep with our Garden Sleep System® beds, get a great workout in our fitness room, take a dip in our indoor pool, and refuel in our full service restaurant, or stop by our lounge to unwind. Wanting to stay in, have room service delivered right to the comfort of your room. If this isn't enough, travelers will enjoy access to a complimentary business center, 24-hour pavilion pantry, and a 24-hour guest laundry. If you are planning a meeting or social event, there are meeting rooms with over 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Inside our Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Devens, guests can enjoy our full service Great American Grill® restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, room service as well as a full bar. Whether business, vacation, or a weekend getaway brings you to Devens, our staff look forward to welcoming you to the area. ... more less
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