Carlos Garcia was great at checking my big family and me in. The rooms are very nice with blackout shades. Corner rooms are larger, with separate tub and shower. We did encounter minor housekeeping issues (stains in the toilet seat) but a housekeeping lady was there to clean it right away. The hotel has a Starbucks in the lobby. I still do not understand how hotels can get away with this, but there is no free Internet anywhere in the hotel. However, if you exit through the side entrance of the hotel (not the main one), past the hotel's Starbucks, cross the street, the building on the left has an Au Bon Pain inside for good breakfast options and free Internet. It is closed on weekends, though.
Exiting the main entrance of the hotel and after a 10min walk beside the water there is Bayside Marketplace. There are several restaurants (including a Hard Rock Café and a Bubba Gump) along with some shops. There is also the first stop for the double decker bus tour (Big Bus Tours) from where both tours (the City Tour and the Beach Tour) depart.
We were there on the day of the power outage, we did not notice because we were still asleep. Later, we were woken up by the PA announcement that the power had been restored and everything was back to normal. It made me think about the hotel’s safety, though. That morning, we did not have hot water in the shower.
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