Stayed a weekend with the kids for a sightseeing tour of Springfield. We do this regularly but have stayed at the Sheraton or Marriott. This year I decided to try and save a buck and took a chance on La Quinta - who I know little about except their good reviews. Luckily, their good reviews are well founded.
The hotel is kept clean and is obviously newly renovated. It is up to date looking, carpets are all in good shape, paint job is nice and the room furniture is excellent. The beds are very comfy with upper quality blankets and sheets. The bathroom is granite and tile.
We stayed in the Exec Suite which gave us a little more room and a sofa bed for the kids. The room was very large - though that made the TV very far from the bed and the TV size was not big. The sofa bed was actually usable (sometimes at other hotels the sofa beds are so uncomfortable that we wind up with the kids in our beds anyway!) Exec suite also includes a mini fridge and kitchenette area.
We were on the 8th floor and we hoped for a view but we had a room facing away from downtown/river, so it wasn't much to look at :)
Breakfast is a hot meal and well done. First morning was scrambled eggs, bacon, hot waffles, choice of cereals, cheese danish, choice of juices, choice of toasts, yogurts. Next day was cheese omelet, hash browns, waffles, etc. It was well stocked and although there were a lot of guests it is well laid out and spacious enough to not be too claustrophobic.
The wife and kids did the pool (I was too tired from driving) but reported it was large and clean and nice.
Check in and out was a breeze and staff was courteous and helpful. At one point we asked the check in counter for an extra blanket for the sofa bed and it arrived at our door only about 5 minutes later. Great!
The only complaint I can come up with is that the walls are a bit thin. The first night we went to bed we could hear some young men next door laughing and talking for about an hour. It was quite noticeable to both my wife and I. We figured it was just high spirits. The next day though there was a mature couple talking at normal voice next door. They weren't yelling or anything, just talking. I wonder if their bed-board is right up against the same wall...
Frankly, that wasn't that big a deal to me, and overall we were very, very happy with the stay. We will probably do them again next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Quinta Inn & Suites Springfield Hotel, Massachusetts is the ideal location for family fun or a business excursion. Located at the junction of I-91 and I-291 in Downtown Springfield (the only hotel in downtown with free parking), guests are just minutes away from some of Western Massachusetts greatest claims to fame: Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and Six Flags New England. Not here for fun? We hope you'll find some time to enjoy and let loose. Smith & Wesson, MassMutual, Big Y, Hasbro and Friendly's corporate offices are just minutes from the hotel. A long day must be started on the right foot! Here at La Quinta Inn & Suites Springfield Hotel, we will treat you to our free Bright Side Breakfast that include hot fresh Belgian Waffles, each morning in our tranquil breakfast and lounge area. Prefer to burn a few calories before breakfast? We have just the place for you! Treat yourself to a dip in our pool or a quick cardio routine in our fitness center. No matter how you get your morning started, we will help you get the day going right.If you find yourself having to do some work while here, our 24-hour business center has a desktop computer, printer, and free high speed wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel.Every day must end; so let it end on a high note. Grab dinner at one of our area's great restaurants, like Theodore's, 350 Grill or Uno's Chicago Grille, or snag a cocktail after work in our lounge. When you're done, retreat to your modern and comfortable guest room for some rest and relaxation.La Quinta Inn & Suites Springfield, MA will be in your dreams! Fresh breakfast, luxurious beds, and a great fun-filled location. What more could you want for your family vacation or business trip? ... more less
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