A friend and I were visiting another friend who lived in Pasadena, California and we had a free night certificate for a category 1-5 Marriott hotel so we selected the closest one, the SpringHill Suites in Arcadia, about 10 minutes away. The certificate is an annual benefit for those who hold the Chase Marriott Visa card and is good for exactly six months after the cardholder’s anniversary.
As a Silver member we were given a quiet room at the end of the hallway on the third floor. There were two centrally-located elevators for this four-floor property. While both elevators were working the day we checked in, only one seemed to be working the next day which meant more of wait than one might expect.
As all the rooms are suites we walked into the “living area” which contained a pull-out sofa and two small tables that could be used as a coffee table or moved to the sides of the sofa as end tables. Across from the sofa was an area with a desk and chair on one side and a kitchenette on the other. The kitchenette had a built-in microwave and a mini-fridge along with a sink as well as a coffee maker and condiments.
Stepping further into the room there were two queen beds on one side and a small rack for hanging clothes on the other. The bathroom was also opposite the bed, with the sink and vanity out in the room and the toilet and shower/tub behind a door. The sink area was close enough to the bathroom door that it could make a tight squeeze if someone was standing at the sink and the bathroom door needed to open widely.
There was a central nightstand between the two beds and a lamp with switches for each side. There were a couple of unused outlets located behind the nightstand so we were able to plug in a power strip there and plug our phones and tablets into that. I liked the shelf on the nightstand as it meant we didn’t have to put all the electronics stacked on top of it at the same time.
The beds were quite comfortable and we had plenty of pillows.
Wi-Fi was free. Login credentials were supposed to be room number and last name. That worked fine for my friend but didn’t work for me. The note on the room key holder indicated that we could also obtain a Wi-Fi code from the front desk, so I picked up the phone to call them – and couldn’t get a dial tone. Ninety percent of the time I never touch the room phone but this one time I needed it and it didn’t work. Fortunately it was easy to get downstairs and I tried the code the front desk worker provided and couldn’t get it to work either. Then I tried name & room number again and this time it worked! Go figure… Once we got logged into the Wi-Fi we had no further issues with it.
The complimentary breakfast was exactly what we expected: waffles, fruit, cereal, pastries, juice, etc. Plenty of food to start our day and keep us full until lunch time.
This hotel is located right where the cities of Arcadia and Monrovia bump up to each other. The Santa Anita racetrack is nearby and judging from the conversations we overheard at breakfast, there were several people at our hotel who were attending the races. It’s easily accessible from I-210/Foothill Freeway (excuse me, THE 210), Foothill Blvd or Colorado Blvd.
We enjoyed our stay here and wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again.