This is a jewel for travelers. We went to Utica to visit the SUNY campus there for orientation. I went to their website and booked online for the best price rather than travel sites. I first looked on Tripadvisor for the ratings and found that it was rated highly, to my surprise for a budget hotel. We only needed a bed, so didn't need frills. I commented to the front desk clerk that I chose the hotel because they were #3, and they said that they were #2 until a new hotel w/pool was recently built.
Husband, son and myself were impressed with effortless check-in, so quickly, the desk clerk also adjusted the price based on a coupon I forgot to bring. There was no coffee in the lobby and she quickly began making a new pot for us. There is no continental breakfast but we didn't need it. If you need a hair dryer, you must get at the desk.
The room was a double( 2 beds), knowing this ahead of time was a plus being we like queen or larger, so there was no issue squeezing together. Hardwood floors on most of room and carpet where the beds are. Nice desk chair, flat panel TV, side chair, sink area w/large counter. The bathroom was spotless. Enough towels & supplies. Bathroom a tight squeeze but we didn't mind. Parking outside the room, we walked up to the 2nd floor (2 floors). The entire floor was spotless as well and the bed was made so tightly my grandmother would be pleased that you can bounce a quarter on it (just the way she learned to make the bed!)
The hotel hosts a large amount of construction workers who look like they are settling in for the summer so book early. I wouldn't recommend walking in especially on a weekday since by 8:00pm there was no vacancy. Perfect location to SUNY campus. Lots of restaurants in the area to eat. Pizza place at entrance to hotel. Can walk to many. Right next to the canal.
Also right off the NY Thruway. No noise that I could tell. We also inquired as to a good ethnic restaurant and the clerk printed out the map immediately and it was great (that is another review). I can't remember her name, sorry.
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- Also Known As:
- Red Roof Hotel Utica
- Utica Red Roof Inn