If you've visited the eastern Bay area / Silicon Valley, you'll know how darned difficult it can be to get reasonable accommodation at a decent price in what I would guess to being the highest occupancy region in world. Yes, I am a Hilton HHonors member. Yes, I rack up the odd point or two. However, this upper mid-market line by Hilton ticks pretty much all of the boxes unless you REALLY need all of those extra luxe offerings.
This is the second DT I've stayed in recently. The rooms (that I've had) were cavernous. I literally could've ridden my skateboard around in there (I didn't...) Huge. comfortable, king-size bed with, I believe, pillow choices, but the "default" selection were excellent.
Tonnes of natural light and, while near enough to the ever-busy freeway, totally silent. I travel with my own hotspot so couldn't tell you if the wifi was good or not. FWIW, for my phone hotspot, the reception was crystal clear so no issues connecting, staying connected or page load speeds. Happy, happy.
The rooms were spotlessly clean. Simple. The bathroom, too was sparkling and fitted elegantly. While I'm sure this hotel has not been renovated in some time, the fittings remained timelessly elegant and maintained as new. I'm guessing this is a bit of a DT hallmark. Size wise, more than ample for this travelling manscaper with plenty of counter space to unload all of the necessary accoutrement to renovate this face on a daily basis.
Room lighting was also unusually good. One of my hotel bugbears is not having ceiling lighting. I get it. Much more maintenance etc. But then spend the time getting the lamping right. DT seems to do this much better than many hotels that consider themselves rated much more highly.
Reception staff, concierge, housekeeping were all friendly and helpful as necessary without being overbearing. It's location and proximity to the freeway was spot on given that I was in, out and around the area for a few days.
Oh, I'm just back-adding this while I was checking the "extra" info. One question is "Is this a romantic hotel?" Well, I didn't look at it that way. However, the couple in the room next to me may well have found romance in the air. I'm not sure if all rooms are set as possible adjoining. My recommendation is to ask for a non-adjoining room as it is less than, well, sound proof...It was absolutely hilarious, but would annoy and possibly offend some of the more sensitive or puritan types amongst us.
I was hosted by a local colleague and was surprised by the extent of the area. I thought Pleasanton was just a little town (from what I saw last time: call me a naive Aussie) but it is part of a huge metro-suburban sprawl. Huge number of great restaurants, bars, entertainment, shopping etc etc. And you are about an hour from Nappa Valley. Oh yeah.
Super plus? "The Club" fitness centre that adjoins the hotel. Chicken and egg. Not sure if the hotel was built around the gym or vice versa, but the usage rights for hotel patrons is awesome. I'm relatively lazy (I did skateboard across the parking lot to get there. Really) and there is every known facility for your health and fitness. I did a class that left me feeling great on the day but ached in all the right places for the next three days. Let's just leave it at that.
Yes, there are other major brands in the area. Yes, I chose DT because of my club affiliation. The room price booked directly through the Hilton site was far better than anything else I could find webtrawling. I did not use any points bonuses or give-aways. Whether the pricing was related to my status, I don't know. But in this neck of the woods getting a brilliant room at a decent price is a serious win. I am about to write a review for a tougher accomm battle: Mountain View. Stay tuned.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Visit Pleasanton, a cozy stop in Northern California with small town flavor and big city connections, and stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pleasanton at The Club hotel. This town is known for big fun and big business, and with quick access to I-580 and I-680, you'll have no trouble discovering both. The hotel is located just minutes from the Hacienda and Bishop Ranch Business Parks, Livermore Valley Wine Country, Alameda County Fairgrounds, and historic downtown. ... more less
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