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The Best Hotels in Bloomington, IL and Fun Things to Do

The shutterstock_621559271.jpgfirst European settlers arrived in the area that's now Bloomington in the early 1820s and named it Blooming Grove. In 1830, the county of Mclean was incorporated with the capital being modified to Bloomington. Since the site for the new city had not yet been established, James Allen donated acres of land. Soon the town was flourishing, and lots of people would move in to conduct business.
Among them is said to be Abraham Lincoln, long before he thought of running for president. It was at Majors Hall in this town that Lincoln was said to have written the famous ‘Lost Speech.' Today, downtown Bloomington retains much of its 19th-century old buildings— many of which are restored.

Stay at one of the best hotels in Bloomington, IL!


Comfort Suites

shutterstock_670078597.jpgThere are many hotels in Bloomington, IL where you can stay as you explore the city's historical past. Apart from being equipped with meeting rooms, the Comfort Suites has a business center with free internet. 

What Comfort Suites lacks in business amenities, it compensates with a family-friendly environment. Who wouldn't want to use a refrigerator or microwave when they are traveling with their family?
Children 18-year-old or younger will stay for free as long as they are sharing the existing bedding. The hotel offers infant cribs and rollaway beds; it is not specified if you have to pay for them. At the end of a busy day, sit back, relax, and watch some premium TV channels.  Like other Bloomington hotels, expect to find an outdoor pool for your relaxation. This hotel is an inexpensive facility so you won't have to break the bank.
shutterstock_91320989.jpgFun things to do in Bloomington, IL close to this hotel include Illinois Wesleyan University and Miller Park Zoo. You might enjoy visiting Illinois State University and McLean County Museum of History.  Here, learn more about Abraham Lincoln, see a replica of a pioneer room and learn about those who have made McLean County their home.
Or, head over to the David Davis Historic Site for a tour of the pristine mid-Victorian era mansion. completed in 1872.  Incidentally, David Davis was Abraham Lincoln's friend, mentor and campaign manager.

Residence Inn Bloomington

People are looking for hotels in Bloomington, IL for various reasons. Many want a place where they can meet their business associates and cut deals, while others wish to stay in a family-friendly place. Residence Inn is one of the Bloomington hotels that's conducive for business. Apart from a business center with free internet access, there are meeting rooms for your convenience. Whenever you want your business suits cleaned, look no further than the in-house dry cleaning services. At the end of a busy day of negotiations, relax in the pool, spa, bar/lounge, or fitness center.

shutterstock_563575540.jpgIf you are traveling with your family, this hotel will serve you to your satisfaction. In the rooms, you will find a full-sized refrigerator, microwave, and kitchenette. Don't forget to get something to eat at the snack bar.
Although you can bring the kids, this hotel doesn't provide extra beds. The very young ones will, however, be accommodated using the complimentary infant cribs. No family vacation should be complete without swimming in the pool. Of all the Bloomington, IL hotels, this is a moderately-priced affair.
If you prefer the sunshine and great outdoors, play golf when it's warm and consider snowshoeing in the snowy winter months.
Fun things to do in Bloomington, IL include onsite basketball. Also, visit the Prairie Aviation Museum to get an up-close view of three helicopters and eight aircraft on display outdoors and walk through the engaging exhibits inside. Illinois Wesleyan University, a liberal arts college founded in 1850 is also well worth visiting. With spare time, make it to US Cellular Coliseum for an event and check out the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, A 'character walk' map is located on the website if you are looking for a historic figure laid to rest there.

Holiday Inn Express Bloomington West

Are you looking for an excellent business hotel or one with family-friendly facilities? Holiday Inn Express is equipped with meeting rooms and a business center with free internet access. Apart from conference facilities, what more would you want in a business-friendly hotel?  Whenever you desire your business suits to be cleaned, just request the on-site dry cleaning services.

shutterstock_376396471.jpgIf you are here for business, consider bringing along your family. Honestly, there are many hotels for lodging in Bloomington, IL but this one ranks at the top. They have a refrigerator and microwave so you can have the snacks you need at your convenience. Don't leave the kids at home —you have rollaway beds and infant cribs at your disposal. And, you wouldn't suffer financially, as this is one of the inexpensive Bloomington hotels. 

Nearby attractions includes the Illinois State University and RedBird Arena, home to Illinois State athletics teams. The Miller Park Zoo showcases exhibits including a tropica American rainforest, a Wallaby WalkAbout, animals of Asia and the Katthoefer Animal Building. Come see the indoor and outdoor exhibits featuring red pandas, bald eagles, snow leopards, red wolves, gibbons, lemurs and much more!
If you have time, visit Rader Family Farms, which is open seasonally from late summer into the fall.  Originally a Guernsey dairy farm, the Rader's married in 1945 and their children grew up showing cows in the local 4-H club. In the 1970's the farm converted to raising grain and selling sweet corn until 2017.  Now, the family plants nearly 30 acres of special fall produce including gourds and pumpkins and hosts a corn maze and fall activities with on-site food offerings.

Traveling with your pet?

shutterstock_369175940.jpgNot all the hotels in Bloomington, IL have a pet-friendly policy. However, the following are some of the top Bloomington pet-friendly hotels.
  • Red Roof Inn - Your first pet you bring is free of charge. Any additional pet will attract a $5 fee per pet
  • Hyatt Place Bloomington - Allows a maximum of two dogs per room. Each of the dogs must be under 50 pounds with the total dog weight not exceeding 75 pounds. Pay a $75 non-refundable fee if you are staying for six nights or less. For seven to 30 nights, you will pay the $75 price with an additional $100 cleaning fee
  • Comfort Suites - Pay $25 per pet
  • County Inn & Suites - Charges $25 per pet,per night
  • Ramada Limited & Suites in Bloomington - The pet fee per day is $25
  • Doubletree Bloomington - Allows pets up to 50 pounds. Expect to pay a $50 fee even as you bring along service animals

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Topics: Illinois