Tucked away on Adams Street in Peoria, IL just a short walk from the riverfront is the Mark Twain Hotel, a boutique hotel with only 110 rooms and a lot of character. At first glance, it seems like an understated building with a swanky restaurant downstairs but walking inside you're immediately greeted with a warm atmosphere and a library with a cozy fireplace, seating and plenty of books. It's a literary lover's dream and feels like you're staying at a really rich family member's mansion rather than a hotel. I just stayed for a weekend but was able to capture the vibe and energy of the Mark Twain just by standing in the lobby.
Upon arriving, the staff was very friendly. They are helpful with your room and stay of course but they are also helpful with directions to any places you'd like to go and local recommendations. There is a shuttle service that can take you just about anywhere within reason and it is offered free to guests of the hotel.
I stayed on the top floor with a room facing the city. The beds were nice and crisp and the room had earthy, modern design elements. The bathroom was fairly roomy with a huge shower that featured a large shower head. Bath & Body Works products were provided in the bathroom and Seattle's Best coffee products were provided complimentary as well. The room was stocked with a refrigerator, closet, iron, ironing board, flat screen TV, desk, microwave and more. Wi-fi was complimentary which is always a win and the beds were super comfortable.
Things To Do
The Mark Twain itself has several things to do inside the hotel. The fitness center is a good size with machines and free weights available. The library in the lobby is a great space to sit and get some work done or simply read a book you brought or one of the books they have available in their vast collection. They also have Two25 available across from the lobby offering lunch and dinner as well as drinks at the bar. Two25 is Daybreak in the mornings offering a fantastic breakfast buffet service complimentary to guests with an omelette and waffle station as well.
Walking distance from the Mark Twain is the Riverfront which is home to many great activities and restaurants. The casino boat is a hot spot for tourists and locals and the farmer's market was my favorite find personally just short of the riverfront. If you're not the gambling type, there are several other cruise options available on the riverfront from dining to overnight deals. The Civic Opera Center is also close by and often has great shows and performances so be sure to check out their schedule during your visit.
The Mark Twain Hotel offers rooms starting at $99. It's a great spot to stay whether you're traveling solo, with a family, on business or just with friends.
**Thank you to the Mark Twain Hotel for providing media rate during this visit. All opinions are 100% my own.***