We were conducting a class in Clovis, CA, and looking for inexpensive lodging for 4 members of our non-profit. We were a bit confused with what to expect given the non-renovated and renovated reviews. We just decided to check it out, and if the showers were too disgusting, ask for an upgraded room. My companion and I needed a 2 br, and went with one of the unrenovated 2br suites for $ 129. The suite seemed to be an old 2 br apartment. I'd have to estimate about 900 sq ft. 2 of our people commented the kitchen was bigger than their home kitchen. Dining area and "breakfast nook". Both bedrooms had windows the length of the wall, There was a balcony. Yes the TVs were interestingly old (1 in everyroom hooked to good cable), and the shower's floor was scuffed, the funiture old and tired But everything in our suite worked, and everything was clean, and the airconditioning was updated The beds seemed to have some plastic covering on the mattress, and were not particularly comfortable. There weren't many of the things you expect in a hotel, no little notebook describing what they offered, things like that. We had to ask for more soap and towels (they had yummy lotion!) and an ice bucket. We had enough outlets for 3 people to work at the dining table on our computers. Wi-fi was available at no charge.
We were on the street side, and our balcony faced a quiet neighborhood street. A double border of orange trees sent orange blossom fragrance wafting up to us as we smoked on the balcony.
Our companions were a couple and after maintenance came (prompty) to their 1 br suite to resolve an water issue, they decided to ask for an upgrade. For $10 more they got a flat screen with mini bar in a living room that had just room enough for a loveseat and armchair and coffee table, and a king sized bed in a separate bedroom. It was quite nicely furnished and decorated, with a "wow" factor, especially after having been in the other rooms.
The pool/courtyard area was lovely. There were outdoor sculptures in various media scatttered around , with plaques listing the title, the artist and the price. There was a cabana area and another outdoor living room away from the pool. Many citrus trees in fruit and bloom, roses with huge blooms and various tropicals. Breakfast was supplied daily starting at 7 with the ususal continental offerings, and the room was all windows and adjacent to the courtyard. The birdwatchers among us enjoyed the antics of several mourning doves that made the courtyard home. There was a small fitness room with a flatscreen and 4 different fitness machines.
The staff was friendly and helpful with everything we asked. I really liked the place, but part of that was probably knowing what to expect in an unrenovated suite from TripAdvisor. We could not have done any better for our needs.
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