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!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- I Hotel and Conference Center, a contemporary designed four-star property in Champaign, is ranked within the top 10 of the 2014 Insiders' Select list. The I Hotel, constructed to AAA Four Diamond standards, features 126 luxurious hotel rooms with an adjoining 38,000 square foot conference center. The I Hotel guest rooms invite you to settle in and enjoy the upscale amenities; spa quality personal care products, pillow top mattresses with fine linens, 42" flat screen HD televisions, in-room refrigerators, in-room safes, and Starbucks Coffee served both in- room, and served at the ICafe. Additional services include access to a state-of-the-art fitness center, complimentary luxury car service, and spa services by appointment. Guest my inquire about a room or group rates.The adjoining state-of-the-art Illinois Conference Center features 12 conference rooms; two large ballrooms and meeting rooms that accommodate groups of various sizes for both personal and business use. Whether planning a business luncheon, casual meeting, or social occasion, The University of Illinois Culinary team offers a variety of distinctive options to meet guests' needs and creates events with lasting impressions. Houlihan's Restaurant + Bar, located on the property, features a design-forward finish with architectural elements and a patio designed for social lounging. An American restaurant and bar serving quality food and drinks, Houlihan's menu features center-cut steaks, wood-grilled flatbreads, artisan salads and sandwiches, along with an interesting, everyday wine and cocktail selections. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- i Hotel Champaign