We had made reservations a few weeks in advance to stay here on Saturday night. We chose to head out a day early to South Bend but the hotel was booked for Friday night. I paid a AAA rate of $80.10 plus tax for Saturday night in a two queen room.
We pulled into the hotel and it was obvious right away that construction was going on. They were doing a major rehab. Carpet rolls in the hall, construction equipment and ladders. This hotel needs it!
We checked in and the front desk girl pretty much cared less that we were here. No welcome, no breakfast time information, nada… Our second floor room was quiet but very worn. No welcome gift for being a club carlson member here! And no upgrade obviously.
The location is very close to the University Mall where we did a quick lap to see what stores they offered. Also did a Whole Foods check (never been until now but wowza expensive!) and shopped at a few more stores. The hotel is also near Culvers where I used a Groupon to get a couple of cones for dessert.
The bathroom was large with plenty of counter space. But we kept having this weird fish smell if you kept the door shut for a while. I don’t know if their water caused it or what but it was especially strong in the morning after keeping the door closed all night.
We had the usual TV, fridge and microwave combo. The fridge was great to hold our BBQ from Pitts we had picked up to take home. Our carpet was stained and our room really needed an update.
I had been reading on the bed before I remembered to take room pictures, oops!
Breakfast Sunday morning was quiet which was nice. You could also see the pool while you ate. We tried to visit the pool the night before but the noise drove us away. Breakfast was the usual eggs, bacon, french toast, cereal, fruit and juices.
Upon checkout we had a nice young man who asked about our stay. We did ask about the fishy bathroom smell, he did not think that was normal and was going to check on it. The big question, would I stay again… I don’t know! IF it was really cheap again maybe. There are several hotels in the area and a bed and breakfast we love. It would have to be really, really cheap. I know you are only fifteen minutes from Notre Dame but the experience just was lukewarm. Front desk check-in might set the tone for the stay more than I had previously thought.
More information here: http://www.countryinns.com/mishawaka-hotel-in-46545/inmishaw
120 West University Drive
Mishawaka IN 46545 USA
Telephone: +1 (574) 271-1700