Too Short a Stay
This was our first visit at a Staybridge Suites, designed primarily for extended stays. Although we stayed only one night at the Las Cruces Staybridge I see thoughtful details that would be fully appreciated during a longer stay. For instance, the clothes basket in the closet great for collecting dirty clothes as well as trips back and forth to the laundry room.
The laundry room is larger, better equipped and brighter than the typical motel facility. Too often they are tucked under the stairs or in a closet-sized space, poorly ventilated and just a bit spooky.
In Las Cruces the registration area is small but other common areas seemed well proportioned and maintained. The Great Room with gas fireplace, comfortable furniture and televisions opens to an appealing landscaped living area. We also find an outdoor pool, hot tub, putting green and grill. The well-equipped fitness center stays open 24-hours a day, there’s no excuse for neglecting the workout routine.
The business center offers several computers, printer/scanners and plenty of work space. In case you have a bit of free time and didn’t bring anything to read there’s a small library, also a few games. Internet access in the business center and guest rooms is free and high-speed – and it worked!
Special features at the Las Cruces Staybridge Suites are a Home Theater on the 2nd floor, Internet Cafe on the 3rd floor and a public/private meeting space on the 4thfloor. The Home Theater is furnished with recliners with drink holders, extra large digital HD screen, surround sound, DVD and Blue Ray players – and a popcorn machine.
Although we reserved a one-bedroom suite we were given a two bedroom/two bath. Being able to set up the laptop in the extra bedroom and work early in the morning while Bob still slept was an nice bonus. Quality bedding and linens contributed to a much needed night’s rest. The equipped kitchen included a stove top, microwave oven, full refrigerator and dishwasher. My only negative comment is that there is no ice machine in the hotel. They expect you to use the ice maker in your frig; however, if it’s not turned on when you check in it can’t keep up with demand – even for two people.
The morning breakfast buffet served a number of hot items and more selections than we’re used to at Holiday Inn Expresses. I immediately noted the fact that we were eating on pottery dishes with real silverware – a welcome up-grade. The layout of the buffet and separate drink corridor was also appreciated.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings the hotel hosts Evening Sundowner Receptions with food, drinks and a chance to socialize from 5:30 – 7:30pm.
We’ve stayed in hotels, motels, historic inn and B&B in Las Cruces. By far the Staybridge Suites gets my vote for the place to return to. Next time we’ll plan more than one night.
When You Go: The Staybridge Suites – Las Cruses is located near I-25 exit 6 at 2651 Northrise Drive on the north side of Las Cruces.