So as not to have to worry about arriving for an all-day conference at UC Davis late or tense from a drive in commute traffic, I decided to drive over straight after work and just spend the night at this Best Western which would be just two blocks away from the building where the meeting would be. What a great decision!
Check-in was facilitated by a smiling, pleasant young woman who, when I asked, told me she was a first-year math major at UC Davis. When I asked her the way to campus and the specific building I needed to go to the next morning, she took out a map of campus and explained clearly where we were and where I would need to go the next day. She also provided me with a brochure about the places to go for dinner that night. Check-out was facilitated by another pleasant young woman who, just as the desk clerk the night before had predicted, said it would be ok to leave my car in the parking lot until 3 or 4 since I'd be leaving before the next day's guests at Best Western would be checking in. Absolutely kind and sensible, these young women took actions that validated my reason for choosing this hotel for its convenience to the building where I'd be the next day. (I mean, how silly it would have been for me to have to drive from the hotel parking lot two small blocks from my destination to some campus parking lot or street spot somewhere that at the closest would be two blocks from that building.)
Having read some of the reviews, I wasn't expecting much more than a small room and limited television channels, so I had brought along plenty of reading material. I was pleasantly surprised to enter the second-floor room to see a good-sized room where the queen-sized bed did not look as it overwhelmed the room. The television had over 50 channels, such as SyFy, multiple Spanish-language stations, multiple sports channels, BET, HGTV, Food Network, etc. as well as the standard NBC, CBS.... Next to the armoire with the flat-screen TV and clothing drawers was a small table with two chairs where one could sit and work or eat. The hallway leading straight from the door to the balcony had a bureau opposite the bathroom area: a sink set up outside a door to the inner bathroom with toilet and shower. The sink area had a wide, ample counter space for me to put my toiletry bag along with setting up my contact lens things and hair things. Two soap bars--one for the shower and one for the sink--shampoo, and lotion were provided. Opposite the sink area were the clothing rod and ironing board should anyone need it. So both the bathroom area and the number of television stations in the second-floor room I had were more than I had expected -- yay!
The bureau opposite the bathroom area had a small coffee maker atop it -- just adequate coffee and plain tea -- and in the cabinet below were a microwave and mini-refrigerator. More delightful surprises! I had brought along a cooler with a few sodas for that night, but now I had a refrigerator for them.
The best surprise was the balcony. Ok, it looked out at the parking lot and the restaurant across the street and the intersection, but it was a restful place to sit on the patio chair (there were two) and have some fresh air yet be protected from the elements and to watch the street and pedestrian traffic in this college town while enjoying a beverage or talking on my phone. Who doesn't like sitting on a balcony in the morning with one's coffee and watching a place slowly waking up?
I've got to admit that I was a bit concerned that I'd have trouble sleeping due to a party with entertainment across the street at one of the student houses: on the balcony I could hear the music quite readily. But the sliding glass door to the balcony was double-pane and muffled the sounds efficiently -- and the students ended their frivolity by 9 pm, amazingly. No noises disturbed my sleep, whether from the surrounding houses or the railroad or from other residents, and numerous students visiting the campus also were at the hotel.
The items available in the breakfast room were ample for a filling breakfast: not just sliced bread, bagels, and muffins to toast and have with butter or honey or cream cheese but also hard boiled eggs, a selection of cereals, a waffle-maker with already-mixed waffle dough in cups, cereal, fruit, and apple and orange juice. A wider selection of teas than those in the room was also available. The handful of tables kept filling with people who ate and rotated out as if all were mindful of not lingering but making sure everyone could sit while eating breakfast, should they so choose.
In all, everyone was polite and friendly -- the hotel staff, the other hotel guests. The location near the downtown area made getting dinner a breeze, once I'd decided where I wished to. The location is also convenient to the UCD campus. I'd stay here again were I to be visiting Davis, and I'd recommend it to others.
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