All of the previous reviews are true (nice hotel, starbucks and houlihans), but my stay had a few pitfalls.
First the Pros
Great Customer Service
Coupon for free pastry or small coffee with room price
Nice/Well stocked rooms
Very close to campus
First the room rates are based on occupancy and the 2nd night I stayed cost $40 more making the room probably one of the most expensive in champaign at $159 per night.
The reason for this hike was obvious when a bus load of young girls occupied our entire floor. One major pitfall of the hotel is the rooms are paperthin. You can hear everything that happens in the hall. I could hear someone use a hair dryer all the way down the hall. The girls arrived at midnight waking us up and screaming and running down the halls until after 2am. With no intervention from hotel personnel. Also because I was paying $159 for that night, I cannot believe that school group paid $159 per room and made me feel I was paying a premium so they could get a discount. But that's my opinion and not necessarily true.
A few annoying other things - the maid came by to try and clean our room before 830am and retried again at 9am. We left the room at 915 and when we returned at 230pm the room had not been serviced. Although I give them credit when we asked the front desk it was promptly cleaned. All the staff at the I-hotel were very nice and friendly.
Last a personal pet peeve is that the door to the bathroom will not close completely. It is blocked by a border on the baseboards and so leaves about an inch gap between the door and wall. This makes it somewhat awkward especially if you're not staying with family/ same gender.
Overall very nice hotel but maybe overpriced for room quality.
- 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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- i Hotel Champaign