Starwood sponsored our recent trip to the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel for a family vacation to Six Flags New England. We live in Massachusetts, however Six Flags is a two hour drive west for us. I hadn’t been to the park sense before Anthony was born because of the long drive. After a long fun day at an amusement park, who wants to drive 2 hours home with 3 tired and cranky kids! The Sheraton Springfield is now our resolution to that problem, a family friendly, reasonably priced, CLEAN hotel, that is only 10 minutes away from Six Flags New England!
We arrived at the hotel after spending the day at the Hurricane Harbor, Six Flag’s water park. Check-in was a breeze, the staff was super friendly and we were in our room within minutes. We had a king guest room with a connecting double queen guest room. These worked perfectly for our family of five!
If you are a bit hungry after the park or want a great breakfast to start your day off, the hotel has plenty to offer you on site. Room service is always a fun option and the hotel has a full room service menu, My kids were particularly fond of the chocolate brownies. The MVP pub is on site for lunch, dinner, or dessert and a cocktail. We ate breakfast at PICKS restaurant which is also on site. The food at picks was phenomenal! If you are a French toast fan, you have to try the bananas foster French toast it was very good. Antonio got the New England lobster eggs benedict and he loved it also.
Sheraton Club Level guests also have access to a complimentary continental breakfast and evening hors dourves in the Sheraton Club. Which may I add was also the perfect spot for my husband to sneak away and grab the sports scores during our stay, without changing the TV’s in our rooms that the kids were watching.
Our kids weren’t water logged from the day at the park so once we checked in and ate, their minds were focused on finding the swimming pool. The indoor pool is located adjacent to the fitness center and pool towels are provided. I liked that the sliding doors led right out to a large outdoor sundeck. We sat out on the sundeck at night and enjoyed the refreshing summer night air with the city lights and stars. The kids weren’t thrilled about the stars, they were all about swimming and jumping around the pool.
The architecture within the hotel was fun, the boys loved the openness of the hallways and the different colored changing lights that shined from the balconies.
After a relaxing night poolside, we got to get a restful night sleep that made it easy to have another great day at the park.
One of the best things I noticed was check out isn’t until noon time. This may seem like a minor benefit, however my family has traveled a lot this summer as you can see from this blog and every hotel we have stayed at has had a 11:00 or even 10:00 check out time. As a traveling mom with little kids, the hardest part of traveling for me is usually check out. Getting the room packed up, 3 kids dressed, everything in the car, and trying to get myself presentable before 10:00 in the morning after a fun touristy night is not fun at all. The extra hour to two the Sheraton gave me was a breath of fresh air. I was able to wake up, have my coffee, pack, even eat breakfast before leaving! This alone was enough to win my heart.
All in all, this hotel is a great option when looking for a family friendly place to stay within minutes of Six Flags New England Amusement Park, The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, The Big E fair, the MassMutual Center, Dr. Suess National Memorial Sculpture Garden, and more.
I never realized how many fun things there were to do in the Pioneer Valley, I cant wait to go back and explore more!