We generally spend a night in Smithfield each year, since it's a convenient stopping place on our way back from Hilton Head Island, plus there's pretty good outlet shopping there. We have stayed at the Best Western, Sleep Inn, and Jameson (see my review, will never be returning there), but got a decent price on the Super 8 this year, so we thought we would branch out a bit.
Unlike some Super 8's, this is a regular motel with a lobby, interior hallways, and an elevator. I see that many Super 8's are motor lodge type properties, which I don't like.
The check in was smooth and the staff was perfectly friendly. The hotel had a small indoor pool, which I intended to use, but once I saw 8 people in it at once, I realized it was over capacity already. I didn't notice a workout room anywhere.
The room was clean and perfectly fine. There were two queen beds instead of two fulls, which no other hotel chain in Smithfield seemed to offer, so that was a plus. There was a flat screen TV that didn't offer too many channels for some reason (although it did offer Showtime, which I don't see in hotels too much). The hotel was quiet and there was no highway or train noise that was so bothersome down the block at the Jameson.
Breakfast was included, but it was insufficient to keep us from having to stop somewhere else. The highlight appeared to be a waffle machine, but my daughter didn't like the waffle. There was a small seating area that was full so we took our "meals" to a table in the pool area. The fruit, yogurt, cereal, toast offerings seemed smaller than competing hotel breakfasts.
Overall, the room was fine, the value was good, and the hotel got the job done. Considering the insufficient breakfast, I would still give the nod in Springfield to the Sleep Inn and the Best Western. The Holiday Inn Express looks fine too, although more expensive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adjacent to Carolina Premium Outlets. Within walking distance to Starbucks, Outback, Bob Evans, Ruby Tuesday and Texas Steakhouse. Free SuperStart Breakfast. All rooms equipped with microwave/fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer & iron/board. Super Start Breakfast with hot waffles, yogurt, cheese, cereal, Cinnamon buns, sausage biscuits and fruit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Super 8 Smithfield Hotel Smithfield
- Super Eight Smithfield
- Smithfield Super Eight
- Smithfield Super 8 Hotel