from Markham, Canada
Submitted on 14-07-2016
The Hampton Inn & Suites in Brantford is a couple of hundred metres (or yards) South of Highway 403 at the Oak Park Road exit. I noticed no discernable highway noise over the two evenings that we stayed. As others have mentioned this this property is sited in an industrial park and a vehicle is a must for getting to restaurants as well as getting to the Brantford proper. Still, it's only 10-minutes and one highway exit to downtown. Two exits and about 5-minutes away, at King George Rd, is the 'q...
The Hampton Inn & Suites in Brantford is a couple of hundred metres (or yards) South of Highway 403 at the Oak Park Road exit. I noticed no discernable highway noise over the two evenings that we stayed. As others have mentioned this this property is sited in an industrial park and a vehicle is a must for getting to restaurants as well as getting to the Brantford proper. Still, it's only 10-minutes and one highway exit to downtown. Two exits and about 5-minutes away, at King George Rd, is the 'quick serve' restaurant strip. So, while the actual hotel location feels a bit desolate as it's not yet built up, it's really not very far from most things. We were in Brantford for a weekend baseball tournament and we were 10-15 minutes from the multiple diamonds at Cockshutt Park.
The hotel itself seems fairly newish, it's well maintained and clean an boasts a friendly staff. I'd be happy to stay here again. This is especially so as we at a separate hotel from most of our team - a long story for another time. That property was larger but felt like it hadn't been updated since the 70's as was definitely a step down from the Hampton although there was virtually no price difference.
I am a Hilton Honors member and was able to check in online from home. This let me choose an available room that appeared a smidgen larger than some of the others, was on the side of the building facing away from the highway, and that wasn't directly adjacent to the elevators. Also, it's nice to receive a couple bottles of water on arrival as it was a hot weekend and we were going to be outside for most of it.
The room itself is nicely appointed with two Queen beds i.e., not double beds masquerading as Queen size as some places do. A Queen suite, with fold out bed wasn't available. This was our preference as my teen sons will share a bed but prefer not to. Anyways, real Queen beds are a must - Double beds are too narrow and too short for them both.
The HVAC is operated by a wall mounted digital thermostat, and we didn't have to cope with an unmarked dial with cool to warm and no temperature markings. Note that either housekeeping thumbs the thermostat up during the day or the thermostat is programmed to do this automatically. Still, the air conditioner is efficient and got the room from a stuffy 77F to 74/75F in no time. Also, the unit is not overly loud and definitely quieter than some.
The room contains a small work desk with a real station chair (wheels and adjustable height), free WiFi and/or wired Internet. The desk sports dual power outlets, see photo, in the lamp base and these did not seem to be excessively worn nor prone to intermittent/no contact as is common in older properties. The closet contains real hangers i.e., no tab in the sliding ring "don't steal me" type hangers.
The furniture unit across and between the beds supports the LCD TV, microwave and room fridge. The TV has a variety of digital and analog channels. The bathroom includes lots of towels (hurray!), decent toiletries, and a recycle bin. The bathroom also includes a towel rod, it's a small one best suited to hand towels but is better than none like some places. The shower in our room was a bit cut down, the far wall was closer than I expected and the grab bar jutted into the space where I wanted to stand. Not a big deal, plenty of hot water and a decent flow from the shower head.
The nightstand is between the two beds and includes the "Chargepoint" unit that I've seen in a couple of Hamptons now. It sports two AC outlets and two USB charging outlets. In an era where everyone has a smartphone, and in which many have a tablet as well, lots of accessible outlets is a boon. No more travelling with a power bar, crawling around searching, rearanging furniture, or unplugging lamps in order to obtain an outlet.
Breakfast was included and includes hot and cold selections. It was a typical hotel buffet; the hot entrees rotate but nonetheless have a certain sameness. Bacon or Sausages, Scrambled eggs that started in a carton, Pancakes and Oatmeal, and the ever popular make your own Waffles. In addition, there are sticky buns of various types, breads and bagels - a couple of pop-up toasters (no commercial belt toaster), yogurts, fruit, and a selection of cold cereals.
One irony, a graphic in one of the elevators is of various types of hot sauce. Disappointingly there were none available at breakfast.
Beverage selections include coffee & tea (by the entrance to the breakfast lounge) and juices. Again I was happy that the Orange juice was not noticeably watered - unlike some establishments. The 'robust' blend coffee could have been a bit more robust, and we merely OK. I did not sample the regular or decaf variants.
The breakfast area includes a large common table with stools, about 15 seats a side, and 10 tables on the wall to each side. The common table was popular with the folks in for a Wedding. Tables were chosen by smaller family groups.
Other amenities, that we never got to, include a pool, fitness room, business centre, and coin laundry. The last was on the list of desireables as we might have had to launder uniforms between games.
Overall the property reflects the standard I've come to expect from the Hampton brand. I would definitely choose this hotel over the other options in the area. The pricing was comparable but I believe the value and quality better. Feel free to browse the photos attached to this review.