It’s no accident that this Residence Inn is located within walking distance of the National Museum of the American Indian. Three Native American tribes are 49% owners of the hotel, which made it the first multi-tribal partnership with nontribal partners on land off the reservation when the hotel opened in 2005. Although certain features, like stonework in the lobby and artwork throughout, hint at its Native American heritage, the hotel is otherwise similar to standard Residence Inns when it comes to amenities. All rooms are spacious suites (studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom) equipped with full kitchens. A $4.5-million renovation completed in 2012 added and/or replaced carpeting, granite counters, furniture, and artwork; re-designed the common areas; and expanded the business center. The hotel does lie close to a train track, so be sure to ask for a room on the other side of the hotel if you think you might be disturbed by the sounds of a train whistling by.
- Elise Hartman Ford