I was in Raleigh for business and pleasure and elected to stay at the Residence due to its proximity to the places I needed to visit. This hotel is right next to a regional mall with lots of fun restaurants, but I elected to drive. Next time I might walk to avoid the parking lot at the mall.
This hotel has a small pool and a good sized hot tub, neither of which I used, or saw in use. I did sit in the court yard next to the pool which is quite, private, and pleasant. The hotel is set for long term stays with 2 outdoor gas grills, ample kitchen supplies, and a comfortable sitting area in the lobby.
Check in was pleasant and efficient. I was able to get a late check out which was nice. In the evenings (SU-TH) there is a Manager's Reception which is a light supper and two drinks (beer/wine) and there is a full bar right there too. The food was interesting (priced right!) but I urge anyone who is visiting Raleigh to use TA or US to choose a local restaurant - there are some really good one close by. See my other reviews for further information.
Breakfast is also included in the room night price. Aside from being a big time saver (although there is a McD drive through across the street) it was an excellent breakfast. There is Belgian waffle mix, bagels, cereal, and a selection of hot items too. My pet peeve is hotels that advetise the free breakfast, then offer a bunch of really low quality "thaw and serve" products from Sysco. I'm not busting on Sysco, but they as many low quality cheap breakfast items as they do nice ones. Anyway, the breakfast was great. If you have time, there are some great breakfast places in town too - see my other reviews for details!
The room I had was a two bedroom suite. It came with a fireplace and fully functional kitchen. Two full bathrooms too. It was clean and properly stocked. The bed was very comfortable, firm but not stiff. High quality linen. The pillows are small, but there were 6 per bed, so no issue there.
I visited the front desk a couple of times beyond check in and found the staff friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and sincere. I really like when they are genuine - it is a sign that the management makes for a pleasant environment so I feel good staying there.
I noticed a large meeting room, but have no real info on that. There are two high quality treadmills and two elliptical as well as limited free weights in an ample exercise room. Plenty of free parking.
I stayed on the second floor, but the hotel is built into a hill so there was a ground level view out the window.
Overall, typical price, excellent value - I will stay here again on my next visit.
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