The Mansion Inn is a clean, well-kept budget hotel directly across the street from the governor's mansion and within easy walking distance of the major tourist sights in Springfield. During the legislative session it is the home-away-from-home for lobbyists, which is how we learned about it. It was recommended by a friend who heads a professional association and on occasion lobbies legislators on behalf of the association.
The rooms are basic and spartan. The have all the basic furniture -- bed, dresser, bedside tables, TV, lamps, etc., but it is plain furniture. There is no artwork on the walls. There are plenty of clean towels and wash cloths, soap and shampoo, but you won't find the array of other toiletries you find at more costly hotels, such as body lotion, mouthwash, etc.
We had a two-room suite, and the second room had a loveseat, chair, desk, refrigerator, bureau and TV. Again, basic, plain furniture and no wall decorations.
But the place is clean, well-serviced, and includes free parking and free wi-fi. Other Springfield hotels charge much more and then also charge you for parking (for example the Hilton, which costs about twice as much, charges $8 or $9 a night additional for parking).
The lobby is spacious and well-appointed, and we sat there one afternoon with our tourist maps, coffee and cookies and were quite comfortable. The desk clerk was extremely helpful in recommending restaurants and tourist attractions.
The hotel does not have a restaurant or room service, so plan to get your meals elsewhere. They offer an included free continental breakfast, which is nothing more than pre-packaged muffins, coffee and juice. Skip it.
The rooms are inexpensive to begin with, but because we visited in July when they have low occupancy, we got an advertised "no tax" deal. We paid $65 per night for two nights, all inclusive.
Bottom line, a clean, comfortable, but spartan place to stay while touring the capital.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a 93 room property located in historic downtown Springfield, within walking distance to historic sites and downtown food, shopping and nightlife. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mansion View Hotel Springfield
- Mansion View Springfield