Exactly what it said it was
Econolodge Inn & suites (Green Bay, USA)
Member Name: catsholiday
Econolodge Inn & suites (Green Bay, USA)
Advantages: Clean no frills hotel
Disadvantages: Was pretty busy when we stayed with lots of children running around
This hotel was one we booked only a day or so before we got there because we were not quite sure where we fancied going after leaving Izatys resort and we were also not sure if we were going to stay at Izatys for the whole week as we had seen there was not a lot to see and do around the area.
We chose to leave a day early and spend one night in Duluth, Minnesota and then drive on to Green Bay where we would have another night then head down the side of Lake Michigan to meet my son and girlfriend at Chicago O'Hare then we had our week in Chicago with them.
I booked both this and the Comfort Inn in Duluth through Choice Privileges so I could earn some points. We also wanted to see what the different brands of hotel were like. The only other time we have stayed in an Econo lodge was in Brisbane and it was okay but nothing special.
This was similar; it said it was a no frills stay and that is what it was. The hotel was off a huge road and there was every brand of hotel you could think of as well as every brand of restaurant along this road. We were right next to a Comfort Inn and opposite a Holiday Inn so if it had been really bad we could have walked across to another choice.
Behind where the desk was situated was the huge pool area. It was enormous with a deck and seating area as well as a spa pool. It looked very nice but as it would have meant carting wet swimsuits in our case to Chicago we decided we would head out to explore Green Bay a little instead.
I checked in quickly and with no fuss and the lobby was also the breakfast area to the right and the small lounge and computer were on the left as you came in. The man who checked me in was very pleasant and pointed me in the direction of our room and where we could park the car for easier access. We drove around and came through the side door using our room key/card.
In this area just around a corner was a laundry for guests and a vending snack machine and the inevitable ice machine.
We turned down a long corridor and found our room about half way along. It was pretty big as it was a suite that could have actually slept six as there were two double beds and a sofa bed. It did have a slightly musty smell as though it had once been a smoking room but as the hotel was 100% no smoking it was a while ago. I opened both windows and that improved it but after a while you didn't really notice.
As you entered the room on the right was a hanging area with a folding suitcase stand, iron and board as well as hangers. Just after that was the door to the bathroom with a mirror on the outside and both of us nearly walked into that during our stay!
The bathroom was very clean with cream wall paper with a small green pattern on it. We had a bath with shower over it in one of those moulded all in one units and obviously a toilet and basin with long shelf across one wall of the room. Behind the basin was a huge mirror and to the right a hairdryer. They left us shampoo and soaps but nothing else. The towels were smallish but okay not lush and fluffy but not threadbare either and there were enough for us but had there been six of us then we would have needed a few more. The taps were a bit odd in that you turned then to choose the temperature then pulled it out to get water and pushed it in to stop it. The result was a gush of water as you put it on as I never got the hang of pulling it only a little way as it was so stiff.
The next part of the room had the fridge with coffee maker above. Complementary coffee and sugar was there but no tea this time. However we had our own tea bags and our kettle so no problem there.
The desk was on the left hand side with a light and some information and opposite the desk was the sofa bed and a coffee table with a standard lamp. I sat on the sofa and was quite shocked to find myself sinking down far lower than I had thought I would but after that initial shock it was actually quite comfortable. On either side of this was a half wall which gave a little privacy for whoever was sleeping that side. It also meant it could be lighter here than in the rest of the room or vice versa.
The two double beds were once again really comfortable. The Americans do know how to make a comfortable bed and each bed had four really nice sift pillows so my neck was happy after the hard log thing at Izatys that I had suffered with for a week.
Between the beds were two lights for reading but they turned on and off in a sequence one on, then two then the other one then off so that when I was reading with mine I had to go through two on and then the other on before getting to off which was a bit weird.
The air conditioner was a bit noisy and very efficient. It was too chilly when we were sitting in the room and had to keep switching it off but once we were tucked into bed it gave us a very pleasant temperature to sleep in. I was snug and comfortable in my own bed and really appreciated the soft pillows and being able to spread out fully which is a novelty for me.
We were on the bottom floor and we could hear people running up and down the corridor upstairs but once it was after about 9 pm the noises stopped and didn't bother us at all all night.
Breakfast the next day was in the lobby area and was pretty basic. There was tea and coffee and a choice of apple or orange juice. Two choices of fresh fruit bananas and apples were also an option as well a choice of three cereals. Apart from that it was bagels, or bread to toast, muffins (the cake sort) or fresh waffles in the waffle machine.
We were there alone for about ten minutes then a huge lot of people with children, the boys in little League uniform arrived. These were obviously the children who had been galloping up and down the corridor above us in the early evening. Fortunately they were not too loud and we had nearly finished so we ate up and left them to it.
Check out was quick and easy and then we were on our way to Chicago by 7am so no complaints at all. I can't say it was the most luxurious hotel i have ever stayed in but it was far from being the worst. Most of the worst ones have been in the UK sad to say. This was clean and the beds very comfortable. The decor was pleasant if a bit dark in the room but the walls were cream and the paintings on the wall were sort of impressionist and certainly not offensive at all, they were well framed and hung straight at least!
I would be happy to spend another over night in this hotel or another econo lodge if this one was typical. It cost us $69 including tax which is a pretty fair price and we could have had four of six people in there for that same price including the free breakfast. I think you would go a long way to find as good value last minute anywhere in the UK.
I am giving this full five stars as it did exactly what it promised - it wasn't five star accommodation but it was exactly what it advertised, clean basic lodging.
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Summary: A good basic hotel - had all we needed for the night