I stay in a lot of Hilton-branded hotels in the course of a year. Some Hampton Inns are good, some are bad, and some are indifferent. This property is about four years old, still in pretty decent physical shape, and falls squarely in the middle of the pack. This Hampton Inn and Suites brands itself as HI Chadds Ford in a clear effort to attract the Brandywine tourist trade but is in fact in far less glamorous Glen Mills. The room rates are appreciably higher than at most similar properties. They seem to book a fair number of large wedding parties at group rates, clearly an effort to boost weekend occupancy rates.
On my first visit, shortly after it opened, this HI&S was surrounded by weed-covered undeveloped vacant lots; now it is surrounded by several chain restaurants with their sprawling asphalt parking lots, which I guess is an improvement of sorts. This HI has wrap-around parking lots on all four sides, convenient to a number of entrances, and is now nicely landscaped as well.
This property is well-maintained, but the guest rooms seem to be much more dated in decor and amenities than many other HIs of similar age. Our room's furnishings were dark, and the CFL lighting was dim, making the ambience very dreary and depressing. Unlike most other HIs, this one does not offer refrigerators and microwaves in all rooms. The breakfast room fare was so-so: the hot items were barely lukewarm and the coffee was only borderline potable.
On both of my stays, the front desk staff declined my request for a suite upgrade, which many other HI&S properties provide as a courtesy to Hilton Honors Gold and Diamond members. Other Hilton-branded properties in nearby towns and over the border in Wilmington DE offer far more and better amenities and often at lower room rates.
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- Also Known As:
- Hampton Inn And Suites Chadds Ford
- Hampton Inn & Suites Chadds Ford Hotel Glen Mills
- Hampton Inn Chadds Ford