Updated: May 21, 2015
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.