We arrived to Independence almost around 4:30pm Saturday as the afternoon traffic was almost completely filling the streets, which made it hard to locate the hotel as well as keep our eyes on the road and vehicles in front of us. After a bit of looking around and following our directions from my printed-out maps, however, I found the Residence Inn hiding behind a Fairfield Inn. We grabbed our suitcases and headed to the lobby with the distant sound of vehicles racing past on Interstate 70 as well as the not-so-distant sound of vehicles and people going to the nearby shopping center.
The front desk staff here are not only very friendly, but also very helpful, as we were upgraded upon checking in to a nicer room at no cost and then given advice on some of the better eating establishments of the area without even asking. We were also advised of the continental breakfast the next morning where items such as sausage patties, eggs, cereal, toast and juice and milk would be served. After bidding the clerk a good evening and thanking her for the advice, we were on our way to our room, where we passed by the small indoor pool and whirlpool that was just the perfect size for little children to play in.
Our room was the average Residence Inn room, which includes a full kitchen that is stocked with cooking utensils as well as dishes, silverware and glasses, a living room area, a bedroom area with a queen-size bed, and of course the bathroom. The bathroom was split in two, with the shower and toilet in a separate room from the vanity with the sink, which of course is convenient because the shower doesn’t steam up the mirror above the vanity. The room was very comfortable; however, I realized that evening that because we were right near some stairs, we heard each person coming in and out. This included a large family at approximately 11:30pm who were carrying what sounded like large suitcases filled with rocks. So of course a word of advice - stay away from the rooms near the stairs and the elevators.
The next morning prior to checking out we tried the continental breakfast, which wasn’t bad, but the quality of the food vaguely reminded me of dining at one of the various military dining halls that I visited with my husband. If I were to stay here again, I think I would just grab an apple and eat later. Of course, the price that we paid of $49.00 for the night was worth it, as we did get a comfortable (though somewhat noisy) room and a free breakfast. Most of all, I think this hotel would be a great stop for families with smaller children who may be driving by, as the entire hotel seemed to be extremely friendly to families.
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