The rooms at the Marriott Residence Inn are designed for slightly extended stays and would work well for business trips, small families, or groups that are not looking for the hotel to be the destination.
Each room is large, and has a bed area, sitting area, and kitchen, plus the bathroom. It is like a one-room apartment. The sitting area includes a couch (which can open up to a second bed), two armchairs, and two stools which really go with the kitchen counter/ bar, but can be used either way. There is also a desk, and various tables.
The rooms were clean and tastefully decorated with maroon being the predominant color. The pillows did not have that smell of old bedding. The mattress was firm with a puffy top... not quite a pillow top (which I hate), but some puffiness. I personally thought that the bedside light was positioned too low to read comfortably in bed.
The kitchen has a small, 4-burner electric stove, refrigerator, sink, microwave, coffee maker, and a small dishwasher. There are pans, dishes, silverware and appropriate cleaning aids provided in the cupboards. We used all the appliances while we were there, and the ones we had all worked correctly.
Free high-speed internet is provided.
The television in each room is large, and is mounted on a swivel so that it can face either of the three living spaces.
A full self-serve breakfast is included in the cost of the room. It was what has become the standard full complimentary breakfast with eggs, sausages, waffles, bagels and other breads, fruit, yogurt, cereals, and beverages. The literature says that on weekdays a complimentary light dinner is also provided, but we did not even see that, let alone try it out.
There is no restaurant in the hotel, and there are no services within easy walking distance. And even if you are willing to walk a bit to reach a restaurant the area is not designed for walkers as there are no sidewalks. There are services within a couple of miles which is easy enough if you have a vehicle.
There is a pool and heated whirlpool. The pool is not huge, but I enjoyed it because it did not have a rope dividing the two ends. You could actually swim laps and get some exercise. One end was 3 feet deep with walk-in steps, and the deeper end is 4' 6". No diving. No water slide. Open til 10 pm.
There is a small exercise room with an elliptical trainer, stationary bike, and two treadmills. It has a TV which you can watch while you work out.
The Inn is located just off I-69 on the southwest side of Fort Wayne, on Jefferson Boulevard. It is on a divided street so you can only turn east when you leave the hotel. You also need to be watching carefully to enter the driveway for the hotel, or you will miss the first drive. You get one more chance at the next corner, after that you will have to go turn around and try again.
This is a hotel for people who want a place to stay and perhaps work, not a destination in its own right. But I think that it does what it is designed to do quite well. Our group of six people had three rooms over a weekend, for a reunion. We mostly used the sitting area in one room for visiting, and we used the kitchen to prepare a meal. We ate breakfast there twice. We went out for the other meals.
I have no idea what these rooms cost because we were there as the guests of the group.
Marriott Residence Inn Fort Wayne