Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Keene Downtown
What We Love
- Daily light continental breakfast and WiFi are all included in the rate
- Central location in a century-old building on Main Street, close to all of downtown Keene’s sights and the state college
- All 40 guestrooms are unique, from long-stay suites on two floors to cozy rooms filled with historic details
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Pet-friendly rooms; see Details tab for more info
- Close to restaurants on Main Street
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
On Keene’s Main Street, overlooking Central Square, the Lane Hotel occupies a landmark building dating from 1891. Many of the historic accents from the building’s former life as a department store are well preserved and on show, from oversize sash windows to exposed brick walls, but all the modern comforts are present too, including a small bar in the cozy lobby and a workout room. The 40 guestrooms are individually designed but share a fresh gray, white and black color scheme, with red accents in the decorative details. All have windows dressed with checkerboard curtains, plus comfy King or Queen beds, flat-screen TVs and Keurig coffeemakers. Some rooms also offer work desks, refrigerators and whirlpool tubs in the bathrooms. A light continental breakfast (pastries, cereals and coffee) is served in the lobby each morning, and the hotel’s prime location puts restaurants within walking distance. There’s also a petite bar and a fireplace for cozying up after a day of exploring the sights in downtown Keene.
In the Area
In southwestern New Hampshire’s Monadnock region, Keene is a treat for weekend trippers looking for cultural outings, hiking adventures and the laid-back pace of a classic New England town. For shoppers there’s a wealth of locally owned boutiques, including Miranda’s on Main and Your Kitchen Store and More, as well as the quaint Colony Mill Marketplace for a mix of shops and cafés. Outdoors lovers can get their fix on the hiker’s favorite, Mount Monadnock, or in the protected Granite Gorge ski area, where Pinnacle Mountain offers downhill slopes and cross-country terrain. On the dining front, Fireworks restaurant is adjacent to the hotel and offers modern Italian fare and brick oven pizza, or there’s Longhorn Steak House and casual Lindy’s diner, which is famous for its New England clam chowder and the presidents who have eaten there: Obama, Clinton and both Bushes.
How to Get There
The hotel is centrally located right in the heart of downtown Keene and convenient to a number of restaurants and activities. We selected the hotel due to it's proximity to the Chesire and Ashuelot River rail trails as we had planned a biking weekend. The hotel was a mere 100 yards to the trail heads so super-convenient. Accommodations were nice and the room was clean and comfortable. Bed was comfortable. There was also a small fridge in the room which was handy for our water and other goodies we brought for the ride. Service was just ok; our room was cleaned adequately but our friends who were staying in another room did not get good service. Trash was not emptied and the unit wasn't vacuumed. One other issue was the slowness of the elevator. It took forever to go up one floor and there wasn't an option to use the stairs. Breakfast was good and there was adequate seating. Coffee was a bit weak but otherwise, the food was good and there was adequate selection. Would stay again due to its proximity to things to do in Keene.
My fiancee and I stayed here for just 1 night, Thursday to Friday and were put in one of the business suites in the basement which we didn't request and weren't expecting. We were pleasantly surprised when we walked in to a large open room with a table and 4 chairs, a sleeper couch, large desk, king sized bed and 2 tvs. Obviously a business oriented room that we found functional and comfortable even though we were there just for a pleasure trip. The bathroom was large and like the rest of the room, very clean. Breakfast was included, nothing overly special but plenty of options including breads, pastries, eggs, and an oatmeal bar. The staff was friendly, the restaurant attached to the hotel is really good and you get a slight discount off the bill for staying at Fairfield, although we weren't told this when we checked in and there was no flyer or advertisement in the room. Thankfully our waiter gave us the discount after he asked. We'd stay here again and haven't had any issues with charges on our card like I've seen in some other reviews.
Stayed here for one night during our travels through New England . Booked two rooms for one night through booking.com at a cost of 175 dollars per room which was correctly debited to my card. However on checking my card statement on my return home I had also been charged 200 dollars per room as well!!! I queried this with the hotel ( still awaiting a reply ????) and with booking.com ( who said it was up to the hotel to respond to my query !!) and with my card provider who informed me that it was a deposit that the hotel had taken and the funds would be credited back at some stage!! There was no mention of this by the hotel when we paid for the rooms and has never happened in any other hotel . I also noticed a previous review where a similar thing had happened so just be aware of this if you decide to stay here !! Not sure how a hotel can get away with charging you an extra 400 dollars deposit without informing you .
The rooms at the hotel are nice and comfortable and it’s on the Main Street so handy for restaurants/shops . No parking on site so you have to drop your bags off and then park up on their off site car park. Breakfast is ok - nothing special. However the billing issues and the 400 dollars we are still owed would put me off staying here again .