The last time we stayed in Tulare we stayed at the Best Western Plus, which was OK but nothing to write home about. I was hoping that the Hampton brand might prove to be an upgrade over Best Western Plus and was willing to pay an exra $20 per night give or take for it. But I was left disappointed as I didn't notice anything different about the Hampton Inn v. the Best Western Plus which is nearby. In fact you could have taken one sign or logo off of one and placed it on the other hotel and I doubt anyone would notice any difference at all. Which of course begs the question as to why I'm paying an extra $20 per nite to stand in the Hampton brand.
The only positive I can really take away from it is that Hampton Inn offers express check out for Hampton/Hilton members, which the Best Western brand did not offer me. This is a pretty big deal, in that the last thing I want to do when leaving a hotel and packing the car is swing by the front desk to wait in line or deal with some desk clerk when all I really need to do is drop off some keys and collect my receipt. However, whether this service is really worth an extra $20 per night is definitely questionable.
The room was clean and the bedding and carpet appeared new though the sofa and desk chair looked a little worn and the in room wifi connection was unreliable. The AC unit worked well. The room had an average-sized flat screen TV, but we didn't watch any TV during the stay so I don't know how the selection of cable channels was. In the bathroom was the usual skimpiest of bottles of shampoo and conditioner provided. I really hate those little bottles! And of course the usual infant size towels that have become so prevalent in these mid-range types of business hotels.
Front desk staff was acceptable - not particularly friendly, but fast and efficient and after a 9-hour drive that's really all I care about. Just get me into a good room quickly, I don't need fake smiles and greetings Hampton brand. But some free cookies or a bottle of water at check-in would be nice. I just got off the road from a 9-hour drive, the least you could do is offer me some water! However, they did accommodate me by putting me on the 4th floor (their top floor), I always like to stay as high as possible for the view. There isn't any noteworthy view of course however, because it's Tulare, but still it's nice to be able to look out and see some bluish sky and trees.
The parking area could use a little more lighting for safety purposes and they need more available parking so you don't have to park so far from an entrance door.
Overall, the hotel is certainly acceptable, but at $110 per night (with tax and all) I might be looking at a different option next time I'm in Tulare or nearby Visalia.