I just left another “suite” hotel in Lincoln to come to the Candlewood and the differences are stark. To start with, the Candlewood is geared toward extended stay clientele -- although there’s
nothing preventing you from staying just one or two nights. The primary difference is that you will only get maid service on a weekly basis.
It’s a newer (built in 2008 according to their FB page), nicer hotel than the one I just came from. It’s also further from the city center (kind of a suburban location). The price of both hotels was the same: $65.
The suite I was in was a 1 Queen Bed Studio “Suite”. It’s not what I would normally think of as a suite. It is more like a studio apartment – no separate sitting room. It wouldn't be appropriate for entertaining clients. BTW – there is no sofa, so no easy way for a 3rd person to fit in the room. I do understand that they have roll-away beds available.
The kitchen is impressive. It includes a full refrigerator, 2-burner range, dishwasher & microwave. No oven.
The bed, linens & towels were very nice – especially compared to my last place.
The biggest disappointment was the quality of Wi-Fi. One reviewer said it “wasn't very good.” That was being outrageously generous. Quite frankly, they shouldn't even advertise that it’s there. The Speedtest.net rates I got were consistently between 1 and 2 Mbps. At the other, less nice, suite hotel they were more around 10 Mbps. I think this is particularly significant for those who use this for extended stay. There’s no way you could watch Netflix on this. They do have Ethernet ports if you want to go wired. I didn’t have an Ethernet cable with me so I can’t report on wired performance. I called the front desk and they didn’t have any cables. Using my Verizon phone as a wireless hotspot, my speed was over 5 times faster than what their Wi-Fi was. The downside of doing that is how much data costs on your wireless plan.
They have a decent looking exercise room, although I didn’t use it
First night was very quiet; a big improvement over the previous hotel. The second night there was a crying baby next door. I could hear it, but the noise was manageable – it wasn’t like it was in the room with me. It didn’t last long.
TV was a 32” LG. While not massive, I certainly thought it was appropriate for the room. What distinguished it from the first hotel was the picture. The first hotel was using an analog signal and it looked awful. This hotel had a digital, hi-def signal so it looked as good as you would expect. There’s also a DVD player.
No free breakfasts, but I think that’s a reasonable trade-off.
I’m giving this a 4 star review. It could have been 5 if they’d just spend a few bucks on internet bandwidth. [Less]