The Mark Twain Hotel in Peoria, Illinois, was the first boutique hotel I ever stayed in. Boutique hotel. The term itself conjured up images of upscale décor and pampering amenities. I looked forward to our visit with excited anticipation. The experience was even better than I expected. The chic décor blends rich boldness with warm elegance, and the service is impeccable.
As we entered Peoria from the east, huge black letters spelling out “Mark Twain Hotel” near the top of the nine-story building marked out destination. So much easier than using a map or GPS.
On ground level, birds and flowers painted on the wall next to the canopied entrance door created a welcoming touch.
Mark Twain Hotel lobby
The lobby’s leather furniture, fireplace and library exude richness. As you might expect, a portrait of the hotels namesake hangs in the library. You may check books out to read during your stay. The hotel also has a collection of over 300 DVD titles available for checkout, perfect for watching on the flat-screen TV in your room. Before leaving the lobby, grab a Granny Smith apple, if you’d like, out of the basket on the lobby desk. Or help yourself to a cup of Starbucks coffee.
The Mark Twain Hotel offers a few different room types. All rooms are equipped with a mini fridge and a microwave. Our room, a Deluxe room on the top floor of the hotel,was furnished with dark wood and leather. The bathroom was light, spacious and modern. The thick terry bathrobe was welcome after my shower.
We had a gorgeous view of the Illinois River from our room.
Each guest receives coupons for two complimentary drinks per night from the Two25 Lounge, located just off the lobby. Two25 is one of Peoria’s top-rated restaurants, described as “polished casual dining.” Tiffany-style lamps in the restaurant work well with the brick walls. More importantly, the food worked well with our taste buds.
In the morning, Two25 transforms to the breakfast buffet, complimentary with your stay. The buffet includes made-to-order omelets and waffles. You can choose from several ingredients for your waffle, including fruits, nuts and chocolate chips. I chose blueberries with a dollop of whipped cream.
Getting your workout in
We didn’t use the lower level fitness center (although I probably should have after the meals I ate), and I didn’t think to check it out. From the description, it sounds small but adequate. However, if you want a larger facility, hotel staff can provide a complimentary pass to a larger facility within walking distance of the hotel. That facility has an indoor track, a pool, and cardio machines.
Hotel service was superb from check-in to check-out. When I casually mentioned to a desk clerk that I was going to look up directions to an attraction on my computer, she offered to look it up for me. And then she printed directions and a map! The Mark Twain Hotel doesn’t have a business center. However, when my husband needed to print a document, they had him e-mail it to the front desk, and they printed it for him. Now that’s service.
With lovely accommodations near Peoria’s riverfront, great food, more amenities than you’d typically get with a chain, and impeccable service, the Mark Twain Hotel is a clear winner. I recommend it.
The Mark Twain Hotel is located at 225 NE Adams Street, Peoria, Illinois. Check rates here.
Disclosures: The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Mark Twain Hotel hosted our stay at the hotel. Our stay was complimentary. However, any opinions expressed in this post are strictly mine.
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