The Bottom Line: “I was staying at the Marriott With Jesus and John Wayne I was waiting for a chariot They were waiting for a train” ~Warren Zevon & Paul Muldoon
While I headed to Columbus for the holidays, Diane went to Cincinnati. Naturally, since they are only two hours apart, we decided to wagon train it to and from since there were going to be so many of us. And since her brothers house, though large, wasn’t ready to accommodate 13 additional people, some of us elected to use the nearby Fairfield Inn & Suites, Eastgate.
I think it is nice that their family enjoys getting together whenever they can, even though some had to come from as far as Seattle. Heck, over 90% of my family still lives in the same dang town and they barely get together over holidays, let alone any other time of the year.
This hotel was decidedly better than the Baymont Inn I endured in Columbus. We just got a standard room but Diane’s son went with the suite, since they had the addition of three children to worry about. Ours was a basic room, nice beds with new spring air mattresses, plenty of pillows [down/feather, foam], coffee system and bathroom amenities. They get a 3+ on the toilet paper rating. Not quite the quality of home but it wasn’t an old Sears catalog either. Ed’s suite was a true two rooms, not just two rooms with an adjoining door. It also included a sofa bed, microwave oven, and table & chairs.
This is a small sized hotel for the area, with only 53 rooms and 25 suites. It is nicely located close to downtown Cincinnati and all the ball parks there as well as entertainment but also close to King’s Island and all that madness. It is a completely smoke free hotel. They do have a laundry on-site for extended stays, valet dry cleaning, and safe deposit boxes at the front desk. It has a meeting room that would accommodate a medium sized group with full amenities in that facility.
Coffee is always available in the lobby area and they have a pretty full service complimentary continental breakfast featuring hot and cold foods, fruits, muffins and appropriate breakfast drinks. Their indoor pool, with spa, is good sized. We didn’t dip in ourselves but our gang of kids sure got our monies worth out of it. I can’t comment on the condition of the pool because kids don’t think water is cold. Why is that? I sure wasn’t getting close enough to feel it because those kids are evil and they would have either pulled me in or splashed me. The pool room, however, was well maintained with plenty of towels available. Tables and chairs were scattered about and since we were practically the only ones using the area, we stretched out pretty good.
Every morning we had a newspaper at our door and every evening when we returned our room was freshly made up and ample towels were supplied. In fact the housekeeping staff is one of the highlights of this facility because they hire a work team from the Clermont County Board of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities to maintain the cleaning. I’ve been in some hotels before where the housekeeping staff was pretty lackluster and didn’t really attend to their job properly. That can’t be said for this work team as they were completely diligent and efficient. No complaints on the cleanliness at all and the workers couldn’t have been more courteous.
So the next time you are in the Cincinnati area and need a nice hotel to rest your head, this would be a good place to try. They are part of the Marriott Awards System so you can bank your points too.