I had a choice of staying overnight in Champaign-Urbana or Bloomington, and because I wanted to spend the next day walking around my old stomping grounds as a U of I student, I decided to stay in C-U. As someone who stent 8 years living in C-U in the 80's, my hotel expectations were low. When I saw the tripadvisor ratings and a nice rate (it was the Saturday before the end of the spring break), I decided to give it a try with a reservation on the morning of my stay.
To me, it was just an address to put into the GPS as my final destination, so I had no idea it would be south of Assembly Hall, very convenient for my next days walk around campus.
Upon late arrival, the desk knew it was me (a pre-paid room on a slow night), and the desk help filled me in on all of my breakfast options (either free continental or 50% off at the adjoining restaurant), free water bottles, and the extensive list of fitness options.
As I went to my room, I was SO impressed by this boutique hotel. A cool hotel, in my old town of Champaign? I almost wept, my little town is growing up! The hotel is modern and the rooms well designed. It felt a bit like the Hotel@MIT that I visited about a decade ago.
Besides a wonderful sleep and a great bed, loved the shower products and the comfy robe. The design of the shower in the bathroom seemed unique, in that I don't remember often being able to see myself shower in the bathroom mirror, but it didn't bother me (I have bad uncorrected vision).
The room closet has a safe, and I noticed a tote bag. Upon looking at the note, I discovered it was a complementary gift of the hotel. I logged off of the free wi-fi after getting the info for pizza places Garcia's (try a slice of Gutbuster) and Papa Del's (bought a couple frozen pizzas for the ride to Indy), I headed my car in the free parking, and there were Sunday News-Gazettes, Chicago Tribunes, and NY Times in the lobby. It was a great stay, and I checked out to see the campus that was so important in my development. Also, on the way home to Indy, I visited a little gem of a winery to the east, called Sleepy Creek.
THANKS for a great stay!!
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