Review: Cedar Rapids Marriott

Last week I took my first official business trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a continuing education course at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. I arrived in Cedar Rapids on Sunday evening after a four-hour drive across the great state of Iowa. The Cedar Rapids Marriott had a small entryway with a couple of seats in the middle and the check-in desk along the right.

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The entryway opened up into a large atrium that served as the hotel’s lobby. The bar/restaurant/breakfast area was located on the left side of the lobby and there was an open terrace on the right side of the lobby. Based on the layout and design of the lobby I’d guess this property was an Embassy Suites at some point.

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The check-in process went fairly smooth, but it lacked some of the basic information I like to get when checking-in. There was no mention of Marriott Rewards loyalty, general features of the hotel, or room type. I was just assigned room 603 and handed my key.

Room 603 was a standard king room located on the sixth floor. As you entered the room there was a closet on the left and a bathroom on the right.

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I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Marriott bathrooms are notoriously too small. This one was no different. The bathroom was appointed with Marriott’s Thann amenities, which I’ve actually grown to like throughout my many Marriott stays.

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Outside the bathroom was a small vanity with a coffee maker and a bottle of water for sale.

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The rest of the room was rather spacious and had a king size bed, pull-out couch, desk, dresser, and a TV. The bed was perfectly comfortable and I thought the furniture was in pretty good shape for being an older property. Typically Marriott’s have a mini-fridge in the dresser, but this room didn’t include one.

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Breakfast was served in the atrium lobby each morning. I received a daily breakfast buffet coupon as part of my class, but they also had some standard menu options to choose from. The buffet had a selection of oatmeal, fruit, yoghurt, a variety of hot options, made-to-order omelettes, and cereal. It wasn’t the most expansive breakfast buffet I’ve seen, but everything looked and tasted fine.

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The rest of the hotel’s facilities were located on the first floor around the lobby. The pool area had a hot tub, sauna, and a fitness center.

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I didn’t take a swim in the pool, but I did use the fitness center each morning. It wasn’t super spacious, but it had just enough equipment to get a decent workout in.

All-In-All

The Cedar Rapids Marriott was a great hotel to host a continuing education course. The property isn’t going to blow you away, but the rooms were well appointed, clean, and they have all of the basic hotel amenities. I’d definitely stay here again if I ever need to come back to Cedar Rapids.

Have you stayed at the Cedar Rapids Marriott? How was your experience?