Updated: December 2017

Fairfield Inn Redding, CA Review:

We consistently drive down to California from Portland twice a year. Often, the best place to stop for the night is in Redding, CA. That gives us 6 hours on the road and time for a break - for us and the kids. Redding is just past the Shasta region and offers a good selection of hotels and restaurants. In the past we have tried hotels like La Quinta and Hilton Garden Inn in Redding, but this time we chose to go with the Marriott property located off of Caterpillar Road. The Fairfield Inn is just a bit north of the main section of Redding and if you hit Hwy 44 (coming south), then you have gone too far. Redding is not exactly a destination type city, but it makes for a nice stopping over spot weather you are going north or south. During the winter months the Siskiyou pass between California and Oregon can get plenty of snow and ice, so that is why many people stop in Redding for the night and then continue during daylight hours.

I am a Marriott Rewards member and have been for over a decade, but I am not always loyal to Marriott depending on what city I'm in and where I want to be located. On our most recent trip (Jan 2011) I figured we'd try the Fairfield Inn and see how it compared to other hotels in this area. Most rooms are from $100 to $125 for a reasonable hotel and we paid roughly $125 for a Thursday night stay. The Fairfield Inn & Suites is the first Marriott hotel in Redding, so this was our first chance at staying there. The Fairfield hotels are slightly less elegant than say the Courtyard or traditional Marriott hotels, but they are just fine for a quick overnight stay. My kids always enjoy any hotel room, so I knew we would be just fine. The hotel is fairly small with only 3 floors and just 58 rooms. There is 1 meeting room with 800 square feet of space. Pets are allowed with a $25 non-refundable sanitation fee - make sure you contact the hotel before coming with a pet. There is wireless and wired Internet capabilities in both the rooms and the common areas of the hotel. Parking is offered as a complimentary service. The lot is not that big as the hotel doesn't need the space with limited rooms. It is a Marriots Rewards Category 3 hotel. The one complaint I have is that we were put in a room next to the ice machine. My profile states that I want a lower floor if possible, but putting us next to that machine was not necessary since the hotel was not filled that night.

Fairfield Inn Redding - Location and Map:

The Redding Fairfield is located at 5164 Caterpillar Road, Redding, California 96003 USA. There direct phone number is 530-243-3200. It's literally a 1/10 of a mile off the I-5 freeway. Coming from the south you could get off on the Twin View Blvd exit and then take a left that goes under the freeway over to Caterpillar Road. Wind around the road until you reach the hotel. If you are approaching from the north side, then get off on the Historic Route 99 and you will pass Caterpillar Road. Take a left on Caterpillar to the hotel. Can't miss it. The official website has maps and driving directions you can print out if necessary. See it at https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/rddre-fairfield-inn-and-suites-redding/.

Redding Marriott Fairfield Inn - Rooms and Amenities:

The room featured 2 double beds - there are some with king beds if you want. The bathroom was clean and everything worked just fine. The room was a bit cold (66 degrees) when we first came in so we instantly turned the heat up a bit. Since they knew we were coming, it would have been nice if they had cranked up the heat for a few minutes before our arrival. The flat panel LG Tv was a nice touch, although the only channel we really wanted to watch wasn't available. Our kids like the ABC show called Wipeout and unfortunately that was the only channel that wasn't getting reception. The front desk didn't know how to solve it, so we watched another show. I like the fact that the Internet access was FREE. Having just traveled throughout Europe, many hotels over there charge for such a basic service that we take for granted in the U.S. I would stay here again in the future - there is an outdoor pool that looked decent. We were there in January so the weather didn't permit us to use it. The complimentary breakfast was another solid feature. My kids and I had fresh waffles with orange juice and my wife ate the fresh fruit and yogurt. The breakfast is served just off the main lobby and opens up daily. The service was good and the woman at the front desk even helped us find a restaurant to eat at.