This was my hotel of choice for 18-months during a long-term business assignment in the area. After the Holiday Inn Express hotels were built nearby (both Bridgeport and Fairmont), this hotel cannot compare and my rating of poor is generous. First, let me positively state that the staff at this Wingate is polite and professional. They have always treated me (and their other guests) very well. I will not say anything negative about the staff. I would also say that this hotel seems to have good mattresses, pillows, linens, towels, and showers - and you will enjoy a good night's sleep and endless hot water for the perfect shower. If these positives meet your needs - then this hotel will be fine for you.
The rating of poor is specific to issues that do not serve business travelers (and some families) effectively. The wired and wireless Internet service is throttled for each device you connect; with a maximum speed of 384k bps at best and when the hotel is full (which is most of the time because of the conference center), the network traffic brings everything to a halt.
The rooms have been upgraded with HDTV, but NO HD CONTENT is available to watch. Additionally, Wingate's LodgeNet system DOES NOT ALLOW you to attach your HDMI devices (computers, tablets, game consoles) even though the HDTV has these input ports available. If you are a family and you bring your children's game consoles on trips with you, don't plan to try to connect them to the HDTV in your hotel room. If you are a business traveler and you like to work at your desk or relax in the armchair in your room --- while watching TV, you will be unable to do so - because the HDTV is pushed back into an armoire that cannot be turned unless you move the furniture around in your room to compensate.
The desk chairs are low quality chairs and do not provide support needed for extended times at the desk/laptop. The microwave and refrigerator in the room is the cheapest quality that money can buy.
They do allow smoking on certain floors, but in the rooms where smoking is not allowed - people have abused the rule and this Wingate does not do a very good job of masking the problem. If you suffer from asthma, you do not want one of these rooms.
The included breakfast is fine. This is not Embassy Suites, so don't expect omelettes cooked to order. However, they do have a reasonable selection of both healthy and cholesterol-killer options. You will enjoy their breakfast. The pool and hot tub are decent. If the hotel is full, you won't want to go near it. The pool is very small in comparison to other hotels in the area and it can become uncomfortably crowded when a lot of families are in the hotel.
As a regular business traveler to the area, I recommend the Holiday Inn Express in Bridgeport or Fairmont.
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