I stayed one night at the Ramada Inn in Baldwin because I had business at a nearby public high school early the next morning. I took the Amtrak from Albany to NY Penn Station and from there the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to Baldwin. The Ramada Inn is on the Sunrise Highway, a major east-west thoroughfare on the south side of Long Island, midway between the Rockville Center and Baldwin LIRR stops. As a walker, I enjoyed the mile hike from the Baldwin station to the Ramada, but this would probably not be to the taste of most people. On one side of the Sunrise Highway are the elevated railroad and a wooded area, and on the other side are stores and strip malls. Middleclass neighborhoods appeared to be just beyond the roadside businesses. I saw lots of traffic with very few pedestrians, and I felt safe. I passed an Applebee’s and a very busy Wendy’s drive-in. I passed one check-cashing establishment (an indicator of poverty) but everything else seemed very middle-class. I arrived at the Ramada at 10 PM. A TGI Friday’s is next door.
This Ramada Inn is attractive. The lobby area is spacious, artfully designed, and well-lit. The night clerk, who was not protected by a glass partition, was very helpful and pleasant. She told me that on the preceding day she had walked from the Ramada for about an hour and a half in bright sunshine to her sister’s house in Valley Stream. If she feels safe in this part of Long Island, then certainly I was justified in feeling safe on my walk to the Inn.
Many of the rooms of the Inn are surrounded by a courtyard with a grass lawn. I could also see a tarp over what appeared to be a small swimming pool that had been covered for the winter. The parking area in the back of the hotel was a big block of asphalt but otherwise attractive and well lit, with many cars. This Inn is obviously a popular place to stay.
My room faced the back parking lot on the ground level. The mattress on the king size bed was firm and I slept well. I heard a faint rumble from LIRR trains, but traffic noise was completely blocked out. The room had a plasma TV which was entirely satisfactory. The bathroom sink and surrounding counter space were adequate and well lit. The toilet was in a tiny cubbyhole and the shower, which I did not use, was also small. The room was in other respects unattractive. Except for the TV and a single picture on the wall, the walls were barren. I had to draw the drab brown curtain by the door to provide privacy from the parking lot and to block out the light. The security locks on the adjacent plain wooden door gave the room an unattractive institutional ambience.
The continental breakfast the next morning was more than adequate. An extended area of tables and chairs in the well-lit, airy lobby area provided a cheery feeling. Breakfast ingredients included coffee and orange juice, bagels and pastries, yogurt, hot and cold cereals, and even a waffle-maker. A computer with internet access, free for all guests, was also in this area.
Overall my experience was positive. This Ramada Inn is better than other Ramada’s in which I have stayed, and I would come here again if I again had business in this part of Long Island.
A room facing the courtyard would be preferable to a room facing the parking lot.
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