It would seem that every time I wind up in Victoria, it's pouring rain. On this particular day, I pulled up in front of the Carlton Plaza and was ready to drive away. This is a former warehouse district, and curb appeal is not great in this part of town. Add to that traffic noise and lack of parking, and I could understand why anyone would drive away from this neighborhood.without even checking in.
Since I was a day late checking in -- delayed by a canceled flight -- I was afraid my reservation had been canceled. Instead, I was treated to an upgrade from a room to a studio suite. I managed to get my luggage upstairs and found my room in the dark, poorly lighted corridor. At that point, everything began to fall into place. The room was a good one -- it was clean and well heated. There was a kitchenette, and the bathroom had been recently been refitted.
Parking issues turned out to not be an issues at all. A phone call to the desk, and my rental car was at the front door by the time I reached to lobby (I have no idea where the hotel parks them). The clerks at the front desk were unfailing pleasant at all hours.
I would tell anyone who draws conclusions on a hotel property at first sight to get over it. The quality of this place is on the inside -- not the outside.
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