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Chateau Hotel & Conference Center

1601 Jumer Dr.
Bloomington  Illinois  61704
United States
(309) 662-2020
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    - Karen Sorensen
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Midwest Living Review

Karen Sorensen
The Chateau Hotel, with its elaborate lobby design and German lodgelike appearance, is impressive, but small problems might mar your visit.

The Chateau Hotel looks like a German lodge or castle, and its lobby is a thing of beauty, what with its elaborately designed front desk, interior fountain and sunken fireplace nook, offering a great place to curl up with a book or newspaper. And you'll be hard-pressed to find a hotel anywhere nearby that offers rooms so sound-tight that you won't hear a car or another hotel guest no matter how close you might be to the parking lot or elevator. Plus, it's in a great location -- just a few miles off of Interstate-55 and in the heart of Bloomington-Normal's shopping district. But the hotel could stand a little more attention to detail when it comes to the guest rooms. Things are beginning to look a bit tired, and there were too many problems for us not to take note. Among them, a burned-out light that rendered the secondary sink useless, a toilet that wouldn't flush without holding down the handle for 20 seconds, a flashing clock that the maid hadn't reset, and a malfunctioning key card that left us locked outside the hotel. Given that room prices are fairly high for central Illinois ($119 to $149 in the summer), it was disappointing to find so many small but annoying problems. Fortunately, all are easily fixable --and hopefully will be.

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