Hi, can anyone recommend where we should stay for the 2008 state fair in Hutchinson? And also is there any night life in Hutchinson during this time?
We can help more if you tell us who is in your party (children, a couple, seniors, etc), what you would like the place to be like, and what your budget is.
We are a party of 2 adults (couple). I am not expecting a fancy hotel, just somewhere nice and clean and possibly with restaurants etc nearby.
Also will we have to book early? Does Hutchinson get extra busy during the state fair? We are coming over from Australia as we are grain farmers and want to look around the area. I just thought timing our visit with the state fair would be a good idea.
There are a cluster of motels on the east side of town including several of the moderate to inexpensive national chains. I usually stay at a fairly large local motel, the Grand Prairie Hotel & Convention Center. It has the extra feature of a modest indoor water park. The last time I stayed there it was just over $60 a night, but I believe that the prices are higher during the Fair.
I would expect the places in Hutchinson to book up fairly early, but it sounds like you may be staying only one day in Hutchinson. If that is the case, you might stay at other communities in the area. For example, Wichita is only about a hour away. I stayed in Wichita on a weekend during the Fair this year and had no trouble getting a reasonably priced room a couple of days in advance.
BTW, if you happen to be interested in Space or aviation, The Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson is World Class.
As part of my job, our office sends me to work at the State Fair so have a couple ideas for you.
I would not recommend the Grand Prairie (1400 N Lorraine) since we have several offices who must stay their due to contracts with the hotel and the employees state it is dirty, rundown, services (such as air conditioning) are in constant repair, and just overall not well-managed. (it used to be a beautiful Holiday Inn Holidome)
Our office has booked us at the Microtel (1420 N Lorraine...next to the Grand Prairie) and Holiday Inn Express (1601 Super Plaza...just to the east of the Microtel) that are both clean and had good service from the staff. The reason we switched to the Holiday Inn Express is that the amenities and breakfast are a notch above the Microtel, and that is usually our only meal for the day (other than fair food) :)
Let me know if I can offer more suggestions to you, oh and need to book now for 2008...we book for the next year when we close our the current year charges.
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