With the Company moving from their favorite hotel from Hilton to Marriott this year, I thought I would try some of the Marriott properties such as the Residence Inn in Grand Junction, CO. The Residence Inn properties are extended stay, so they bear comparison with Candlewood Suites from Holiday Inn/IHG.
The room had good space, with a serving area setting off the kitchen. The ceiling seemed a bit thin, as I could frequently hear movement in the hotel room above me.
I was fortunate to be able to take a trip to San Antonio and see one of our facilities near Elmendorf. Not many major chains were near the facility, so several coworkers and I stayed at the Holiday Inn in downtown San Antonio.
The first thing I noticed was the wood floor. I feared the room would be noisy and the floor cold, but neither was true. The king bed had a slight pillow top and was comfortably firm.
Power outlets were hidden on the side of the headboard as well as available at the desk, the lamps, and other places. A refrigerator was available, but there was no microwave. The television showed about 40 channels, a mix between analog and HDTV. The wireless internet access worked quite well.
It took me a while to write about the hotel where we stayed on vacation over Labor Day weekend because, well, we were on vacation. The Crowne Plaza at Union Station in downtown Indianapolis was a unique experience and made me wish other hotels provided a better variety of accommodations.
I can’t remember the last time I slept in a train car.
I got the opportunity to go to New Orleans to give some training, so I stayed next door to our offices, the InterContinental New Orleans.
The first thing I noticed was that parking was $39.95 a day for hotel guests, and IHG Platinum members do not get that waived — one of the reasons I cut my stay in New Orleans by a day.
Since my last recorded trip to Duncan in 2006, two more national hotel chains have placed properties in the founding city of Halliburton. I stayed at the Hampton Inn, a Hilton property.
The king-size bed was quite comfortable, and the air conditioner worked very well, quiet and cold. The TV boasted about 60 channels, about 2/3rds digital, with HBO the only premium channel. The microwave and half-height refrigerator combination was nice and convenient.
From the desk I had access to wire/wireless Internet (no problems with either) and four AC outlets. Three more outlets and two USB ports were available on one of the nightstands, but the USB ports didn’t have enough power to charge my iPod and iPhone.
I had done a report on the Candlewood Suites on the west side of Houston about 9½ years ago. They deserve a re-do.
The queen bed was much firmer than last time. The rest of the room was very much the same:
The air conditioner functioned well, but it was very loud even on the low fan setting. The bathroom fan was also quite loud. The microwave and full refrigerator/freezer worked well. Four outlets were available at the very long desk. Internet was wireless-only, but it was quick and only required one login a week. The TV boasted about 40 HDTV channels.