I stayed at this hotel as part of a group, with accompanying rate. Compared to the rack rate, we got a good deal - around $72. For that rate, it was a good deal.
I almost missed the hotel driveway coming in, and ended up somewhat blocking the road as I went to check in. Staff at the desk were very friendly, and made sure everything was in order for me. I got my keys and went to move my car to a lot.
Parking is a valuable commodity here. It seems that the hotel's three buildings were built, and then parking laid down upon every bare patch of land. Compact cars were shoved in every which way. My large truck was harder to park, and I ended up in the overflow lot, at the end of the block. This required a long walk around the buildings to get to the elevators, where the navigational trip began.
I quickly dubbed them the "Elevators to Heaven," as by the time you got to your floor (of which there are only four), you were almost there. Also, it was comforting to see the safety certificates expired in August 2007. I then navigated the maze of corridors to my room, an oceanfront king.
The room was nice - not the most fabulous space I ever set my eyes upon, but nice. I did feel space was wasted - the bed, nightstand, desk and TV were crammed near the door, while there was a vast area of floor nearer the sliding door to the balcony. The fireplace was nice, except it also worked as part of the heating system. The regular heater was a pain, so I turned the fireplace on high and opened the sliding door to let the 50-degree January air in. This resulted in me waking a few times to fix the balance of hot and cold. Also, it smelled slightly smoky, though I may have mistakenly forgotten to ask for a nonsmoking room. Bathroom 100% typical.
Bed nothing too exciting. Typical hotel bedspread, okay pillows, okay mattress. Felt blanket. Not the best sleep I've ever had.
WiFi didn't work too great in my room in the south building; not sure if it's my computer or the connection, but I never had this issue to this extent before at a hotel. It caused issues with a communication I needed to make that night.
Raffael's Restaurant was surprisingly good for being attached to a Clarion. I had fish and chips, quite nice. Breakfast was in a part of the restaurant that was cordoned off, and was not quite as good - not really any hot items, and only two kinds of cereal - cheerios and froot loops. I was hoping for a bit more.
All in all, I don't know if I'd choose it for a vacation destination hotel. But as a sort of conference hotel, it was more than adequate, and for the rate, it couldn't be beat.
- Also Known As:
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- Nantasket Beach Hotel
- Clarion Nantasket Beach
- Clarion Hotel Hull
- Clarion Hull
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