- Reviews: 5130
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh-Durham Airport: A Big Porch in NC
Before I tell you the merits of this hotel, and this is a positive review, I hated the fact that the swimming pool was not open. Yes, it was the fault of the City of Durham, but I booked this place because I wanted to have a swim in the pool. I grew up in North Carolina, and it gets very hot here in summer. When I booked this location I expected a quiet room, good beds, a well located hotel, nice facilities and a swimming pool. I got everything else! And the City of Durham who must ‘commission’ all swimming pools every year are stupid bastards. Not the hotel’s fault. In fact the staff of the hotel could not have done more to give me information and assistance. An excellent hotel.
The hotel is inside a business park full of offices. It’s quiet – especially at night. If you want a free ride to the airport, free ride to food & shopping, and just plain quiet – this is an outstanding choice!
My room was very narrow, but had a wonderful bed, a nice leather sofa, good mini-bar, excellent bathroom and it was quiet. The hotel had a lovely lobby, outdoor areas, a fantastic front porch (with rocking chairs), ice machines and a lovely looking restaurant.
The hotel has a free shuttle that not only takes you to RDU Airport – they will even take you to diner or a movie. The shuttle runs to the Streets at Southpoint (shops, restaurants, movies).
I had a great meal, a great sleep and – almost – a good swim. And inspired choice for RDU Airport
• Quiet, Southern mansion-style feel with a veranda and porch swings
• Swimming pool (sometimes)
• Free Shuttle to RDU Airport, shopping, dining, cinema
• 100% no-smoking and air-conditioned
• Free car parking
• Gym, bar, restaurant, business facilities
• Air Conditioning, great beds, quiet, modern
• Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection, big TV (37 inch) , Ergonomic Desk Chair, desk
• Sofa Sleeper, Coffee Maker, Hairdryer, Iron/Ironing Board, Mini Refrigerator
• Newspaper (M-F)
• Modern bathroom with good toiletries
• Room types: King Balcony, King Deluxe, 2 double beds
FOOD & DRINK:
• Vintage Carolina restaurant and bar (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
• Lobby bar
• 24-hour fitness center and seasonal outdoor pool
• 10,921 sq.ft. of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space, 13 meeting rooms
• 24-hour business center, Express Mail, Notary Public, Photo Copying, Printer
• ATM (charges), Baggage Storage, laundry/Valet Service
• Free shuttle to restaurants, shops, bars, cinema
• Safety Deposit Box, gift shop, snack Shop
- Reviews: 2187
Creekside Lodge, Wapiti: Creekside Lodge, Wapiti
I was looking for a less-expensive, yet convenient accomodation near Yellowstone, and I found the Creekside Lodge, a few miles from the Eastern Gate of Yellowstone National Park. This lodge with a very friendly owner-family has a couple of cozy and spacious blockhouses, and also offers breakfast and dinner. The pricing is way more sensible than in every accomodation inside the park. As a base, it is also relatively convenient for visits to the Hayden and Lamar Valley (in the eastern half of the park). I would book again, anytime.
- Reviews: 5130
DAYS INN (GLENWOOD/CRABTREE): DOES THE JOB - RDU AIRPORT
I chose this hotel based upon a few things. I would be arriving at RDU airport late, I was driving, I needed a good night’s rest, and early start, breakfast and a good price. How did the Days Inn do? Very well thank you. I had asked for a quiet room, meaning at the rear, but when I arrived, they said the only rooms left were on the front facing a major road in Raleigh. I need not have worried. The room, with the air-conditioning on, was quiet. The room was very big, the bed was great and the bathroom was large as well. I settled in a for a good night’s sleep and woke fairly refreshed. I had a coffee in my room, ironed my clothes and set off for the buffet breakfast. Not too bad.
The other great thing is that this hotel is well located not just for the highways, but there is a Walmart and a CVS Pharmacy practically on your doorstep. I was able to pick up a few needed supplies before I set off to drive to the beach.
The Days Inn does the job on all counts.
Please note: Get good directions if you are driving a rental car from the airport. I ended up at another Days Inn first!
• Quiet, good beds, large rooms and a good breakfast
• Short drive to Crabtree Valley Mall, Rex Hospital, RDU Airport and Walmart
• 50 USD cash or credit card deposit is required at check-in to cover incidental charges
• Free Daybreak continental breakfast
• Fitness center
• Free high-speed Internet access, both wired and wireless
• Up to 2 pets - max weight 20 lbs allowed per room (charge of 35 USD per pet, per stay
• Room types: Double, Queen, King, Smoking, non-smoking, accessible
• Air Conditioning, Alarm Clock, Desk, Ergonomic Chair, Iron and Ironing Board
• HD flat screen televisions with 7 HBO channels and free on-demand movies
• Microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, guest laundry facilities and free parking
• Free daily USA Today newspaper
• Bath Tub, shower, Hairdryer, good toiletries
• Free local Telephone Calls
• Handicapped-accessible and non-smoking rooms are available
- Reviews: 5130
Hilton New Orleans / St Charles Ave: I DON'T THINK SO - NEW ORLEANS
How was my stay? Not quite right. Not bad, just not quite right. My bed? Not ... you get the idea. It was just mildly not comfortable enough to sleep properly. The walls were thin and then the TV went crazy and the volume couldn't be turned down. When I saw a maid and told her my TV wouldn't stop going to maximum volume - she told me my room number. Great. They knew there was a problem and did nothing about it. The room did have a steam iron, but no mini bar! Then the hotel told us the taxi would cost less than it did. Its a shame really. Its an old building and was built in 1926 as a Masonic Temple. It was redeveloped in 1992 as the Hotel Monaco, but was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. It was reopened in 2007 as a Hilton hotel - Hilton New Orleans / St Charles Ave.
The best part of the hotel is one of the best jacuzzis I have ever had the pleasure of soaking in. Connected to the indoor pool, its deep and hot. Very nice.
The rest of the hotel is somewhat dark and actually does not have a lot of character. Reception is especially dark.
The location is excellent. You can walk to Bourbon Street in 7-8 minutes.
All in all, I will choose another, possibly another Hilton, hotel in the future. This is not a bad hotel, but for the price I really want a room with thick walls and a great bed. The rest is all just extras to me.
- Reviews: 5130
VILLA HERNICA HOTEL: HISTORIC SPANISH STAY - PUERTO RICO
I chose this hotel because it looked like a small, quiet and historic house. I was right. It was built in 1885 when Puerto Rico was part of the Spanish Empire. It was originally temporary accommodation for nuns arriving from Spain. They have 8 unique rooms with the original wooden floors and vaulted ceilings. Each room is also decorated with antique furniture and paintings by local artists. The beds are very comfortable and the hotel is absolutely quiet.
The rest of this amazing bed & breakfast is something to see. The reception has beautiful tiled floors, a high ceiling and a guest bar. It’s actually an ‘honour’ bar. You help yourself and write down what you drink. Available 24 hours a day. The breakfast room truly shows its stately age and is full of local artists’’ paintings and antiques. The buffet is very good and relaxing.
Upstairs is the massive rooftop sun deck. It has a variety of places to sit and even sleep in the sun or under cover. You will share the sunlight with several local cats that live on the adjacent roofs. They will not bother you if you don’t like cats, but will instantly be your friend if you are a cat lover. This is a great place to stay. I had a wonderful night’s sleep, a great breakfast and a bit of sun worshipping on the roof with several friendly cats. It’s also a 2-3 minute walk to the heart of Old San Juan. Highly recommend by me.
• 8 uniquely decorated rooms in an historic old building in central Old San Juan
• Great location, beds and its always quiet
• Breakfast buffet included, 24 hour self-serve bar
• Walking distance to the Cruise Ship Terminal
• Beautiful rooftop sun terrace, library and breakfast room
• Premium bedding, Air conditioning, all non-smoking
• Each room is uniquely furnished and decorated
• Free Wi-Fi, TV, hair dryer
• Room types: Classic Queen, Comfort King and Sundeck Suites
- Reviews: 66
Travelodge Hotel: Reasonably priced accommodation near Savannah, GA.
We stayed at this hotel/motel for two nights during our road trip to Georgia. Actually, we wanted to stay in Savannah which was our destination, but the hotel rates in the city were way too high when we looked them up on the internet. So, we decided to search for hotels outside Savannah, and we found one by chance from a flyer. The advertiser was Travelodge located in Richmond Hill which is about 20 miles/32 kilometers from Savannah. They were offering discounts on their rooms so we pulled into it last Wednesday. The desk clerk on duty, Wendy was very friendly and welcomed us with a nice smile. Best of all, we got the discounted room rate of $40 per night (tax already added). There was a big cooler in the office filled with lemonade for hotel guests, and we helped ourselves to it as we were tired and thirsty after the long drive.
There is ample parking space and as we got a room on the first floor (ground floor in Europe and Asia) we could park the car right in front of our room. The room itself was quite comfortable with twin beds and the usual amenities, i.e. microwave, refrigerator, air conditioner, big TV, coffee maker, and of course free Wi-Fi internet access. I should mention too that each bed had THREE pillows which I seldom find in any hotel anywhere in the world! One other thing I like about hotels here in the USA is, all of them have ice making machines located somewhere near the lobby, so guests can just help themselves to as much ice as they want. In all my travels around Europe and Asia, I never found this convenience or availability of free ice.
The bathroom was clean too with a whole bunch of towels and the customary soap and shampoo packets. The next day when we came back from our tour of Savannah the room had been tidied and the beds made.
Breakfast is also included in the room rate. It is nothing fancy but they had four different varieties of cereals, muffins and white bread/toaster, plus a make it yourself waffles, coffee, tea and juices. Oh, if you want to take a dip in the water before or after breakfast there's also a small swimming pool on the grounds.
Travelodge is situated just off Interstate-97 on Highway 17. There are also many other hotels in the vicinity, all of them offering competitive room rates. Restaurants and fast food joints such as KFC, MacDonalds, Wendy's, Arby's are also within walking distance or a few minutes drive away.
- Reviews: 5130
THE CLAY HOTEL - MIAMI BEACH: A BED ABOVE A FLORIDA NIGHTCLUB
I still find it hard to believe how bad my stay here was. The people who 'mange' this place seem like complete idiots and they seem to have a lack of proper cleaners and a maintenance schedule for simple repairs and replacements. I tried to check in at 7am. Fair enough, they asked me to put my bags in the baggage room and come back around lunch time. I did and they said come back in an hour. I did and they finally said they had 1 room made up and I could have it. I explained I wanted a quiet room and they I would wait. A QUIET ROOM. QUIET. They said it was a quiet room in another building. It was several buildings away and my room was up some stairs and around the back. Cool. I noticed that there was a nice looking coffee shop just below. I decided to go out for the day and evening.
When I came back I tried to take a shower in filthy bath and shave in the nasty sink. Nasty. Lots of other peoples' hair was there! Then I got on my bed. And it began to move! Yes, it was vibrating to the deafening music! BOOM ! BOOM ! BOOM !
The coffee shop becomes a nightclub at night! And where was the sound equipment? Yes - right below my room and bed! A trek to reception revealed they were full and no other rooms were available!
They had the chance to give me a quiet room and gave me the loudest possible.
I was lucky. No - no sleep and it was hot in the room. I had booked through a very good website:
The fantastic people at Skoosh arranged a complete refund in 2 days. Great website - crap hotel!
- Reviews: 5130
BILTMORE HOTEL: NOT WORTH THE PRICE(S) – ASHEVILLE NC
I have to state up front that I don’t get this hotel. I just cannot recommend it. This is a modern, almost characterless place. It is marketed as being on the Biltmore Estate and this is where the story starts to change. The Biltmore Estate is massive and in the beginning it had hundreds of square miles of gardens and forest. Today it is still a huge 8,000 acre expanse and this hotel is in the grounds. In fact the best feature of the hotel is the view over the mountains. Just do not expect to see or get close to the world famous Biltmore House – unless you buy a ticket. Yes – you do not get to drive around the full estate just because you paid a minimum of $269 of a room. A single room. 2 people? You may want to consult your bank manager before you make reservations. You are looking at a little over $400 for most rooms! Seriously – this is just a rip-off. The hotel is very nice, but it’s far from the Palace they are asking you to pay for.
The rooms are ok. Nothing luxurious, just nice. They do have good beds, excellent toiletries and it is absolutely quiet. Fair enough, but at this price you could stay at several luxury hotels in Asheville – twice. Possible more. Like I said, I don’t get this place. My brother had his (3rd) wedding here and stays here a lot on business. I would rather stay at the historic and charming Grove Park Inn any day.
On the plus side they have a bar (amazingly without any charm at all), an outdoor pool (some months), some excellent gift shops and a modern gym. You can also walk outside from the bar and see the mountain I grew up on. When I was a child I went to school with the children of one of the estate’s caretakers.
My recommendation? Stay elsewhere and drive the Blue Ridge Parkway if you want to really see the mountains and scenery. You can stop at dozens of places and go hiking or take a picnic. It just is not worth it to stay here for the money they charge. And they just keep charging. Want a ‘guaranteed’ view – that’s an extra $50 minimum! Want to see the Biltmore House and Gardens – even from the outside – yes tickets will easily set you back more than an additional $100! Now you understand. Save your money and see the Biltmore House. Give the Biltmore Hotel a miss and save a lot of money.
• 201 rooms and 9 suites set in beautiful woodlands
• NO access to, or even sight of, the Biltmore House unless you buy tickets
• Guaranteed views are an additional fee - starting at $50!
• Outdoor pool and hot tub (open 6am-10pm and closed completely in Winter)
• Small (oddly) outdoor seating area
• Library, fitness center, bar, restaurant
• A shocking lack of facilities given the prices
• Nice décor supposedly based upon English and French manor houses
• Rooms are cleaned twice a day
• Great beds
• Complimentary bottled water, Coffee/Tea and daily newspaper
• Bathrobe, slippers, great toiletries, mirrors and hairdryer
• Complimentary overnight shoeshine
• 24-hour concierge and meal service
• Massive television
• Table (writing desk)
- Reviews: 2
Crowne Plaza: Worst ever
Lady at service desk called my status base, staff went out of way to make me feel small. Ask if I could get a drink cause it was offered in last trip because I was a priority member. Christmas Day was no cleaning service, had do not disturbed sign out until 12:00 left the hotel returned back at 9 pm no service, dirty towels and coffee neglected. I called for service only 2 sets were sent up. No coffee for next morning , it seems coffee was offered for some quest at front of hotel it was never offered to us.On December 26 room half way cleaned dirty cups left all over the room, no coffee. Rain stormed came in the area the carpet was wet near the window. I have stayed at the hotel before and service continue to decline, was scouting out hotels in area for graduation in future have a lot of family coming in town and back and forth in and out of town all the time, I would not recommend this hotel to dogs. Please stay else where, think staff need training in what Crowne plaza is known for,a place to meet and outstanding service:-( I am writing this because I expressed my concerns the last time I stayed here when the toilets were not cleaned and had rim inside had to clean own toilet upon checking in. When I do express concerns staff make me feel like a bother, and no changes , the manager on duty was Amy. I would whether stay at YMCA or dog shelter.
- Reviews: 55
Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown: Affordable Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel
Mid-priced in the Magnificent Mile area. $231 including taxes. Free breakfast More choices than a basic breakfast, but spartan compared to a hotel bf buffet. Self-serve... styrofoam plates.
Great location. Friendly and knowledgeable concierge.
- Reviews: 55
Yosemite Scenic Wonders: Homey Yosemite Cabin
A 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom cabin which was very comfortable for 4 persons. No service, you bring your food supplies.
Well-equipped kitchen, and a grill on the porch. Very homey, private accommodation.
- Reviews: 55
Murphy's River Lodge: Great Lodging in Estes Park
We got a single room (there are condo-type units). Bed was comfortable, linen clean and fresh. Very good value at $141 with breakfast (including taxes). Free parking. Decent, basic breakfast (fruits, cereals, coffee, hot chocolate, pastries, etc.) in nice second floor common room. Restaurants, ice cream parlors, shops, art galleries within 3 minutes drive.
Free wifi internet. Owner answered my emails promptly and patiently.
- Reviews: 502
Ocean Lodge, Santa Monica, CA: Expensive Route 66 stuff
No hard feeling, everything including service, room, facilities and neighbours (crowded, young) ok, but the level was about the same we faced during Route 66 and the price was 2-3 times higher. Fine, I know it is Santa Monica, and if they afford to keep these prices and have all rooms booked, we have to stand (or go somewhere inland).
Perfect place, beach 500 feet (bird eye, I walked to swim about half mile), close to SM shopping and restaurant facilities.
- Reviews: 502
Sharene / Dream Imm: Used to be Route 66 stuff
Motel Sharene was the first Route 66 like motel we noticed when driving trough San Bernardino. Right decision, (a little bit poorly location, we had troubles to find a place to eat).
When we game to San Bernadino this in was named Sharene. We were almost the only customers, there were some younger ladies, but the owners (Indian) had a lot of time to us. They had just bought the place, going towards their American dream. The water pipes was out of order, we needed to bring water to flush with waste basket, the room was not very clean (I would like to say positive, they were very nice and friendly people), but they smiled competing with the Sun and I wish all luck to them in their business.
But they definitely have made a mistake. Why to change make from original which is beautiful reminding me angels and birds to unimaginative "Dream Inn"? They started to paint the sign yesterday (12th May 2011) evening, you can check the original painting from my previous travelogue.
- Reviews: 502
Route 66 Motel, Barstow, CA: Proven Route 66 stuff
Route 66 Motel is a nice and quiet little place. Basic stuff, again, all very clean and smoke-free, the folk were friendly and the prices very ok (for two 56, taxes included).
Check the decoration, you can find a lot of mind opening stuff there and what I said about clean, eh, I didn't mean this. The specialties of this place were cars. You can find a selection of old cars from the yard, most of them rusted, but you get a feeling that this place was like during those past glorious years when all (?) Americans drove on the Mother Road.
I gave only 4 of 5 but was close to give 5. If you appreciate originality, it is 5.
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