I was really excited to take my boyfriend and three teenagers on this trip -- a family wedding with some tourist activity tacked on. We had taken an early flight, spent half the day at Universal Studios, then sought the hotel for some rest before the wedding, shower, etc. Unfortunately Google map directions were way wrong [not sure whose fault that is ...] so it took a good 30 minutes more to find it, even with an active GPS too.
When we checked in, the clerk was extremely friendly, but we were met with the AWFUL news that the pool and spa were out of service for maintenance. Surely between Priceline and the hotel there would be some way to notify a leisure traveler? Anyway, let's not blame the hotel.
The rooms were decorated in the most eye-searing fabrics -- bedspreads, curtains, oy vey! Who was thinking what? But both rooms appeared very clean, and we liked the large vanity /countertop for the sink. Microwave and fridge? Two thumbs up! An ice-caked freezer in which you couldn't actually fit anything? Thumbs down. Clean tub & shower? Thumbs up. No fan in the bathroom? Thumbs down.
There was no 'privacy' door hanger, then it was an unpleasant surprise the next morning when housekeeping came knocking at 9. We asked them to come back at 11, then filtered downstairs for the "premium" continental breakfast. NOTHING premium -- boxed cereals, bagels, no recycling, and the threat of being interrogated about your room before you could eat. Fortunately that showdown never came to pass.
Saturday was a fun day, full day at Universal Studios, general exploring. We came back after dinner with the intent of hanging out & relaxing. One grumpy guy [perhaps a long-time guest/resident] told my girls to be quiet -- they were giggling when knocking on the door of the room my son was staying in. It was 10 PM, and they were a couple of giggling teenagers. CHILL, mister.
Sunday dawned brightly over the empty pool and jacuzzi :-( and as we were preparing to pack the car and checkout there was a cluster of 5 young men in the breezeway near one of our rooms. The aroma of illegal herbs was strong as I came around the corner to take the stairs down. Eventually we had to call hotel staff to have them removed. This is unfortunate and was uncomfortable because there were plenty of housekeepers rolling their carts back and forth so they should have seen.
At check out, again the service was really great. Thanks for the mint!
Air noise from the county airport wasn't too bad, access to freeway was decent, so all in all I'll give it a thumbs up ... with an asterisk. Good luck to you!
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