We have stayed in several different hotels in Jacksonville, NC, when we've visited our son and his family who live there. Of the three others we've stayed at - two were fine and one was noisy, but all were pricey to my way of thinking for staying in Jacksonville. I mean, it's not exactly a resort town -- and there are lots of hotels there. That being said, we're so happy with the newest addition to the many hotels in the town. The MainStay just opened in January, so of course it is new and nice. Let me tell you more about this gem:
The price is right, for one thing. Our senior rate was $79 plus tax (making it $90). The previous places we stayed were $90 or more before tax. In addition, this hotel is much nicer than the more expensive ones we've stayed in before. I mean, you could cook a meal in this room if you wanted to do so. It's basically a studio apartment. There is a mini-kitchen complete with two burners, microwave, toaster, full frig, sink and dishes. Although we didn't use the kitchen, I was impressed that it was there.
There was also a comfortable small sofa and the bed itself was very comfortable. I had read where the beds were a bit hard and also that you could request a "topper" be put on the bed. I requested that when I booked the room and sure enough, it was put on that morning before we arrived. The topper was a two-inch piece of foam that made the bed super comfortable. I can't say what it would have felt like without the topper, but "ask and ye shall receive."
Another plus was how quiet our room was. We had room 219, which is tucked at the end of a short hall and has no hotel rooms adjacent to it. There is a window wall, an exterior wall and a wall next to the stairway - which no one but us used. The only noise was from the refrigerator that turned on and off as refrigerators do. I would have been happy to unplug it, but it didn't cause me to lose any sleep. We have been in other hotels there where the traffic noise was really bad. We didn't even hear any traffic noise.
The hotel is located behind Denny's, so is convenient if you wish to walk there and eat dinner or more than the continental breakfast they provide. They had oatmeal, cereal, bagels and muffins, along with juices, etc. The dining area is quite attractive (and offers 6 big screen televisions side by side so that you won't miss a thing!) and is adjacent to a small bar that is open in the evenings for those who'd like a drink. There is also a very nice seating area on a large patio behind the hotel, along with a firepit.
Lastly, the staff we encountered, both in the evening and the morning, were both super-nice! They were friendly and helpful and could not have been better ambassadors for their hotel or the city. Kudos to you ladies!
All in all, I highly recommend a stay at the new MainStay Suites. It will be my "main stay" hotel during future visits to Jacksonville!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spacious rooms with at-home features and amenities, including full kitchens and 40inch televisions, that make us a great place to stay for extended military training, job relocation and any extended stay visits, as well as being convenient for our business and leisure travelers as well. Easy access to the military bases, close to Camp Lejeune. Located in the heart of Jacksonville, North Carolina restaurants and shopping area. For family fun, we are close to several beaches, including Onslow and Topsail Beach. We offer numerous features, outstanding service and a great location. Whether you need accommodations for one night, several weeks or many months, the Mainstay Suites located near Camp Lejeune is a great place to stay. ... more less
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