Four of us - mom, dad, and two adult children - enjoyed a five night stay in mid-February 2008 in two rooms (#136 & 138) on the first floor overlooking the pool. The driveway goes under the windows, and beyond the driveway is the outdoor pool and two outdoor hot tubs. The pool was closed but when we arrived on Saturday night college students were having fun in the hot tubs. Car noise from the driveway was not much of a problem even with the window open. A couple of times very faintly in the distance a train whistle could be heard. Across the hall several rooms were undergoing construction but except for a few loud hammer bangs at 8 AM sharp the rest of the morning was fairly quiet. There was some pounding of children's feet overhead early in the morning and late at night. Overall the place was no tomb but the noise was under control.
The cozy, comfortable lounge with an ever-burning gas fire in the fireplace and huge windows looking out at Mt. Humphreys gave us a place to gather and we spent quite a bit of time there. The free wireless Internet was reliable there and in the rooms. The lounge was a bit crowded at breakfast briefly. Breakfast included make-your-own waffles, hard boiled eggs, a toaster that worked, and juice, cereal, pastry, bagles, muffins. Coffee was available all day. There were rest rooms in the lounge.
The TV in the lounge and the ones in our rooms appeared to be new and had excellent picture quality. Our rooms, termed "suites", were large and clean and each had a refrigerator, microwave, and utility sink, along with a table, four chairs, and a floor lamp. All the lightbulbs were compact fluorescent. Housekeeping was spotty (once a room was never serviced) and the sheets were not changed for our entire stay. All the plumbing and drains worked including the stoppers in the sink and tub.
Wal-Mart was a block down the street, with a grocery store and other shops including a place to get haircuts in the same shopping complex. Also within walking distance were Sizzler and Denny's. Up the street around the back of the shopping complex were other stores including McDonald's.
The Grand Canyon visitor center is an easy and scenic drive of less than two hours. We visited Meteor Crater (less than an hour drive) and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument (a half-hour drive) with its barren lava flow fields.
On the morning we had to leave it snowed. From the lounge windows at breakfast we watched small pickup trucks skid around the street corner below. Our mid-sized rental car navigated down the steep and curved driveway with no difficulty. Although the area around the Comfort Inn is jammed tightly with motels and stores we found driving around doable.
Bottom line - we were as comfortable there as we could have expected to be anywhere in such an urban setting and we will gladly stay there again if we are lucky enough to find ourselves traveling once more in the Southwest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled among the Ponderosa Pines at the base of the San Francisco Peaks in Northern Arizona, the Comfort Inn I-17 & I-40 is conveniently located less than one mile from Northern Arizona University. The Flagstaff Pulliam Airport is only four miles away.This pet-friendly hotel is close to popular area attractions including: The Arizona Snowbowl Route 66 Lowell ObservatoryGrand Canyon National Park is 75 miles north and the red rocks of Sedona, including Slide Rock State Park, are just a short drive south. Your hotel amenities include: Free wireless high-speed Internet Free coffee Free local calls Free fresh-baked cookies Outdoor pool and heated hot tubsYour Morning Breakfast is full of hot and delicious options, making breakfast at the Comfort Inn I-17 & I-40 the perfect way to start your day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Comfort Inn Flagstaff Hotel Flagstaff
- Flagstaff Comfort Inn