When other Priceline bidders write about the occasional bum room they get stuck with, I wondered if my turn would come. It did last night.
Room 234 for $79 bid (incl tax) had a full width window completely obstructed by a wood louver. Peeking through the slats I could see a 2 story hallway in their function room wing. The HVAC thru-wall unit was circulating indoor air from the corridor and not the outdoors. (See my pictures). I did not think this would meet occupancy building codes.
Upon arrival into the room, I collapsed from fatigue and did not think to gather my things back up, go to the front desk, and ask for a new room with daylight. The next morning when I checked out, I brought up how poor the window was, and they apologized and said I should have come back downstairs to get a new room.
The desk clerk needs to notify people they are getting one of these rooms (there are several) vs. sneaking it. The young man seemed pretty sharp, experienced; I was respectful and did nothing to deserve such a lame set up, other than get a deal on Priceline. It was finally “my turn”, I guess!
In other respects, the room was okay, more like 2 stars than 3. Having just stayed at a Crowne Plaza in Alexandria VA, this one was showing its age, had many 80’s finishes and design, and truly a major step down considering it’s sharing the same name.
Location is immediately next to the roaring state # 10 freeway. Many stores and restaurants are close by, (and PENTHOUSE strip joint). The outdoor pool is minuscule.
Oh, and the flat screen TV was never sharp focus. They must not pay for HD. Coffee maker was not working, either.
As you can tell by the tone of this, I would never return, and did not linger at all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Crowne Plaza Executive Center Baton Rouge (formerly Holiday Inn Select) Enjoy the premier hotel location in the Baton Rouge area. Situated with direct access to I-10 at College Dr. & Constitution Ave., the hotel is conveniently located to shopping, dining, local attractions & corporate headquarters. Business travelers appreciate the hotel s proximity of the Crowne Plaza Executive Center Baton Rouge to Shell Oil, Exxon Mobil, Shaw Group, & Dow Chemical. The hotel is also within minutes of several renowned medical facilities such as Mary Byrd Perkins Center, Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge General, Pennington Biomedical Research Center & Ochsner Health System. The River Center is a 10 minute drive from the hotel. Leisure guests will find the Crowne Plaza Executive Center Baton Rouge the perfect base for exploring local attractions such as Louisiana State University (LSU), USS Kidd, Southern University (SU), the Blue Bayou Waterpark & Dixie L&in . Shoppers will love visiting The Mall of Louisiana, Perkins Rowe, Tanger Outlets, & Towne Center. A day trip to New Orleans French Quarter entertainment is a quick trip down I-10. The hotel features a business center, free wireless Internet, a 24 hour health club, restaurant, lounge, & gift shop. The plaza level offers a private lounge & concierge service. Relax in our tropical outdoor pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge
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