We selected this hotel for two main reasons: (1) they have provisions for long-term parking (suprisingly, most of the other hotels near the airport didn't), and they have security, and (2) I'm a Hilton HHonors Gold member, so I get some bonuses when I stay at a Hilton family property. The only other hotel I found in Bakersfield which allowed long-term parking was the Vagabond Inn, which I was a little nervous about.
The nicest aspect of the hotel was the room. Well, as Gold members, we were upgraded to a suite, so it was REALLY nice, but I'm making the assumption that the regular rooms were simply half the size of our suite, which would still make them very nice rooms indeed with plenty of work and luggage space. Our suite had one room with a King bed and one with two queens, so I'm attaching pictures of both. Each bed had five pillows--quite extravagant and over-the-top for the two of us. The hotel has four floors, but one floor appears to be underground (we were on the 4th floor and there were two rows of windows below us). I'm not sure what the story is behind the 1st floor rooms. Are they dark and windowless? Is that where they put Priceline customers?
Some negative aspects of the hotel: (1) the interior corridors aren't air-conditioned (at least they weren't in late May when we visited), which makes for a hot, sweaty trip carrying your luggage around. (2) the corridors aren't very logically designed, in that you either have to go outdoors quite a ways with your luggage or negotiate stairs with them, (3) exposed ducts in our bathroom, (4) the A/C in one of the two rooms in our suite wasn't working, and the amount of time it took someone to fix it was grossly understated (we were told 10 mins, and it took over 90 for the guy to come, although he fixed the problem quickly once he was there).
Some positive aspects: (1) the restaurant had fairly good food and reasonable prices, although the mark-up on the wines was way too high, (2) nice night-club with friendly staff. One could hear the music outside, though, and I wonder if rooms near the night-club were affected by the noise (ours certainly wasn't).
In summary, this hotel ended up fitting the bill for our particular needs. We needed long-term parking arrangements, and the suite which we received as Gold members was, well, sweet. This hotel probably also has the nicest rooms in Bakersfield also (though what do I know). For the average traveler, however, I think you can probably get a better value through Priceline, or with the Entertainment Card rate at the Holiday Inn Express, unless you're willing to pay a lot more for a nice room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located at the Rosedale Highway and Highway 99 - The gateway to the San Joaquin Valley and Central California - The DoubleTree by Hilton Bakersfield is the ideal location to call your home away from home, be is business or pleasure. We offer many different amenities including oversized guest rooms, complementary wireless access in public areas, wireless access with guest rooms and meeting space, complementary parking, complementary shuttle service to and from the Bakersfield Airport, The Café (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner), Club Odyssey, fitness center, pool and spa. ... more less
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