Route 66 Hotel And Conference Center
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A plane to Chicago and then reality hit for Shazz! Driving in the USA from the middle of the city may not be all that easy . I was no help because at no time had I contemplated doing it ...... Just no intention of even trying. Outside my realms of thinking. A very sleepless night, lots, and I mean LOTS of map checking, and it couldn't be put off …
Didn't do much today, trying to rest my ankle up. Went and sorted phone out, after an hour waiting on the phone, what a rip off
8/8/12 After resting up yesterday and managing only to go to the local Thai restaurant for a green curry, I decided I would head out today.
My first stop was Walmart, well we have all seen …
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So, where were we? We left Mansfield and headed off on to Route 66. We bought a Route 66 book with us …
On waking this morning it is raining heavily with storms expected in the afternoon, not good weather to start our drive. On arriving at Midway Airport Thrifty Car Rentals teased me by saying that they have a Mustang in the lot. Given I was chasing a Camaro, a Mustang or a Charger this was my second choice. On calling the lot it seems the Mustang …
... 83,000 sf of mosaic art - 41.5 million pieces - installed over a period of 75 years. It was stunning and we could only imagine how beautiful it would be once the Christmas decorations were installed.
Since we still had sunlight, we went to The Gateway Arch. Constructed between 1963 and 1965, this "Gateway to the West" stands 630 feet tall. 630 feet wide. We took the tiny tram (crammed quarters for 5) to ...
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Route 66 Hotel And Conference Center Springfield
Let's do it again!
We've found a new "home away from home". Have stayed with these folks twice, now. We have family in Springfield, but they've had to move to a seniors facility that doesn't have room enough for us to stay with them. When we were visiting for Thanksgiving we found the "Route 66" and fell in love with the charm of the place. They have obviously spent big $$$ renovating, upgrading, and "theme-ing" the facility. Great service and comfort. So, When it came time to visit Grandma for Christmas, we had no question but to book a week at the Route 66. We'll be back for Easter break!
We were pleased with the overall professionalism and graciousness of the entire staff. The Hotel is conveniently located close to various dining establishments. The Hotel is five minutes from the Lincoln Home Area and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum. It was moderately price and we loved entire the atmosphere displayed. When we visit Springfield, again, we will stay at the Rt. 66 Hotel and Convention Center.
Stayed at Rt 66 while in town for The Illinois State Fair. Had reservations for 2 nights, checked in they thought we were only staying 1 night. Was motioned to what direction the room was. Went and parked the car (it was raining out) drug luggage in and up the stairs (there is no elevator)as well as no air conditing in the halls. Could not find our room #. Went back down to front desk while my Mom waited with all the luggage. Was told by another person at front desk where the room realy was. Room smelled musty and was damp. Bathroom had seen better and cleaner days. After a full day at the fair and raining again. Back to our hotel parked way closer to our room and went in. BUT..... the room keys won't work. So back down to the front desk. Not a I'm sorry for the inconvience, here's a free/ comp. breakfast for in the morning, nothing. Checked out next morning. I questioned the charges they had charged my cc when I made the res. for 1 night and then they charged my cc for 2 nights so now I have 3 nights and I only stayed 2. Female whitout a nametag at front desk said she took care of it. When I rec. cc bill there were 3 nights charged. Called at least 4 x's, noone at the front desk could refund (funny how they could overcharge me)
I recently found it necessary to take a trip to Springfield, IL, and hesitated staying at this hotel due to my previous experience with same approximately 3-4 years ago. However, due to its convenience to my required business and its reasonable room rates, I decided to give it another try. I was pleasantly surprised to find this stay much improved. The desk clerk was pleasant and courteous, the room clean and comfortable, and an added plus was the convenience of a restaurant right on the premises. Everyone I encountered went out of their way to be of assistance and make my stay pleasant. When I commented that I was pleasantly surprised to see such an improvement from my last visit, I was advised that the hotel was now under new management and working very hard to work out all previous difficulties. My overall stay was good and I encountered no problems. I would have no hesitation in staying there the next time I need to go to this city.
We recently decided to stay an evening in Springfield, Illinois enroute to Ohio. We saw the Route 66 hotel when we stopped to eat dinner and decided stay the evening. I'm very happy we did. Not only was the staff most helpful but we loved the personal touches integrated into decorating the property...much more interesting the typical, sterile chain hotels. The antique cars in the lobby were a big hit with our young sons. My wife and I appreciated the accommodations were modern, clean, and very comfortable.
Passing through Springfield on a fall motorcycle ride my wife and I and 2 other couples stayed at the Route 66 Hotel and Conference Center. We arrived late afternoon and checked in a the front desk with no reservation. The lobby was bright and clean, the front desk person was courteous and helpful. We asked for 3 rooms close to each other and she accomodated us for novel price of $66. She proceeded to tell us if we were hungry the Filling Station bar and grill is just down the hall. We went to our rooms, cleaned up and travelled down the memorabilia filled hallway to the bar. Lots of vintage motorcycles, old road sings, and half of a drag racing car hung on the wall. Arrived at the bar and felt like we had just travelled further down the road. We enjoyed some drinks and eat some grub. After we went back to our rooms and got some rest. The rooms were cozy. We liked the atmosphere and would return.
Dishonesty of People Today
We have stayed at this hotel several times in the past two years are have found this a very positive and unique experience. It is an older property, however the redesign is totally awesome. We found the facility to be unique. It's full of antique cars, motorcycles, license plates, and have the cutest diner! The hospitality of this hotel is one of rarity today. They were courteous, fun, and wanting to please. The rooms express the Route 66 motherroad theme and are supplied with the basics plus! For the price and the uniqueness, we found it a great find! We'll make it part of our trips to Central Illinois for years to come!
While exploring Route 66, my wife and I were determined to take in the experience and friendliness of locally owned hotels and restaurants. Our first stop for the night was Springfield, IL. This hotel had potential--a nice looking exterior, great memorabilia, and a welcoming lobby. The desk clerk was courteous and exclaimed that the room was $66, which we thought seemed both reasonable and clever. As we proceeded to our room and opened the door, we realized that this place was worth no more than $40. The room smelled old and musty, and the bathroom was as grungy as a Seattle rock bannd. While we did not fear for our safety in this hotel, we did notice a lot of noise and horsing around in the hallways. The beds were lumpy and old, and the pillows were the kind you get on an airplane. The fabled "demise" of Route 66 was allegedly ushered in by the Interstate and Corporate America. This hotel does nothing to prove us wrong. We will not stay here again, and will have to stay somewhere off of Route 66 the next time we are in Springfield. It's a shame that a city this nice has a hotel this lousy.
Interesting Front Desk Experience at Check-In
We were just driving through, and needed a room for the night, no reservation. The front desk told us that only Whirlpool Suites were available at a very high rate. I asked to speak to a manager and, miraculously, a room became available. The hotel shows pretty well from the street and lobby, but the rooms are old and basic and noise from the conference rooms carries right through the walls. The rooms seemed clean but we didn't stay long and would not stay again. It served it's purpose as a place to flop for the night.
Let's see, where should I start? We arrived in Springfield late Friday night. Stopped at the Route 66 hotel. I went inside to get us (my husband and I) a romm, but no one was to be found. I walked the halls, came back to the front, still no one around. I yelled out "hello, is anyone here?" Went to the front door, told my husband, who was in the car, I can't find anyone. I went back in and yelled out again, then walked the halls again, after about 10-15 minutes I finally found a lady and gentleman back by the grill, locking it up I suppose. The lady responded to me that they had people who just quit, they walked out so they had to lock up. I find it strange that the front desk would be left ungaurded, however, that is not my concern. My concern is that I am a customer and had to rome the halls to find help. The young lady finally came to the front and asked what I needed. I stated that I would like a room with a jaccuzi, which while I was waiting for service I found a brochure that stated rooms with jaccuzi's starting at $99.00. She didn't ask me any questions or let me know how much the room was until she finished with my credit card, then she stated, that will be $330.00! What? For two nights? I find that CRAZY! I also feel that she should have stated the price before charging me. I said, "The brochure states, starting at $99.00." She then said, "Well, just to let you know, don't always believe the brochures, because prices are always more on the weekends." Are there no other rooms at this hotel with jaccuzi's that could have costed us less?