I was here for work. Business travel can be brutal - long hours flying, driving, then cranking out presentations and meeting with clients. You don't need luxury accommodations at the end of the day, really - you just need a clean, comfortable place to rest before you get up and do it all over again. Well, unfortunately, the Mark Twain does not deliver even when your bar is pretty low.
To be fair, I will not complain about the decor. Outdated furniture, cheap fixtures, stained walls, and popcorn ceilings would be fine if everything was really clean. Unfortunately, the "recently refurbished" room I stayed in was filled with dust from the carpet to the furniture, the bathroom had suspiciously dirty-looking glasses for rinsing after brushing teeth (I was so grossed out that I just leaned down and drank out of the faucet with my eyes closed), and the shower was designed in such a way that it required me to stand all the way inside when I first turned on the water (an unavoidable blast of ice water in the morning is not my idea of comfort). The towels smelled musty and I felt really uncomfortable using them.
The bed was stiff but acceptable, though I felt like I absolutely had to check all four corners of the mattress for bedbugs based on the quality of the room itself. The sheets and duvet were fine, though again - the state of the room overall just made sleeping in the bed feel icky. Additionally, the blinds don't close all the way so there is an abundance of extra light throughout the night due to this being a downtown location. Perhaps some curtains or shades are in order?
To top it all off, the hotel solicits TripAdvisor reviews with in-room signage, as if blissfully unaware of its challenges. I will not stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Peoria's Premier Boutique Hotel. Proud to be independent and locally owned. Guests receive complimentary Starbucks coffee and cocoa in the lobby, Seattle's Best in-room coffee, free parking, free drinks, free wi-fi, free smiles. Featuring a complimentary breakfast including made-to-order omelets and Belgian style waffles. Business or Pleasure - why not both? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mark Twain Peoria