This is a great hotel with lots of features to make your stay comfortable. Very easy to get to from the highway with a gas station/convenience store right next door. This hotel is right down the road from a huge mall and lots of restaurants. The lobby is attractively decorated with separate areas for working and relaxing. Friendly staff help you feel welcome. The work-out room is on the small side and there’s only one of each type of equipment – bicycle, treadmill, stair-stepper, and workout apparatus – but they’re top quality. The smallish pool is outdoors by a very large patio, which features a TV, lots of cushioned chairs and at least one large grill. Would be very nice for informal gatherings in warm weather. The breakfast buffet was the usual fare but there was a lot of it and everything was fresh and tasty. There’s a huge grassy area across from the front lobby for dog walking, if you bring your furry friend. A secondary entrance in front leads right to the elevators, so you don’t have to trek through the lobby every time Rover needs to go for a stroll.
We rented the king suite with whirlpool tub, as we had our teenage granddaughter with us. The suite was spacious, bright, and homey – loved the recliner in the living room and blue accent wall behind the bed. The kitchen with full refrigerator, two-burner stove, sink, toaster, dishes and flatware for four made fixing a snack or simple meal easy enough, although it was lacking most of the basic utensils (we always bring our own). Nice granite countertop with room for three to eat comfortably (use the desk chair for the third person). Plenty of outlets around the room. Lots of good lighting. Everything was super clean and smelled fresh, which is amazing considering this is a pet-friendly hotel. And the bathroom was huge, especially that whirlpool tub. Good lighting and plenty of counter space in the bathroom, too. The terry robes were a nice touch. Our suite (#400) was on the fourth floor, overlooking some woods – very nice to leave the drapes open during the day and see trees instead of pavement or buildings.
So it sounds nearly perfect and we really did have a relaxing time. But, I travel a lot and am always looking for those little (or not-so-little) things that can mean the difference between an OK stay and a great vacation. Here are the caveats: Peace and quiet? Only intermittently. We live directly under the flight path of a major airport, so ambient noise is something we take in stride. But the appliances in this room were more distracting than any plane that passes over our home. There was the loud hum from the refrigerator, the incredible grinding sound of the disposal (even when there was only soft food in it), the noise from the whirlpool jets like a rocket ship taking off, the blasting of hot air from the heater, topped off by the occasional rumble of a passing train. When none of the appliances was active, it was very quiet, but when they were doing their jobs it was very distracting.
Then there’s the glass-block wall between the bathroom and hallway. Nice touch, until our granddaughter wanted to use the whirlpool tub and my husband had to leave the room while she was in there (the tub faces the glass wall). And the sofa bed! It wasn't so much a bed as a collection of very saggy, sharp springs covered with a thin, old, lumpy bit of fabric. We were amazed that our granddaughter was able to sleep on it at all. I couldn’t even sit on it without feeling every spring poking me. And the linens looked like they hadn’t been changed in quite a while. The bed in the bedroom was comfortable enough and it was nice having a real door to close between the sleeping and living spaces. There were lots of drawers for clothes (6 in the bedroom and 4 in the living room), but only one tiny closet. Separate shower (good), but the size of a phone booth with no ledge for your toiletries, so they have to sit on the floor and that’s a problem when you have to bend down to get them, unless you enjoy the feeling of cold tile against your skin (you get the picture). No towel bars near the shower. And none of the four electrical outlets in the bathroom worked. Had to dry our hair out in the living room.
Would I recommend the Hampton Inn in Cary? Yes, if you don’t mind intermittent appliance noises and aren’t too scrupulous about your bathroom privacy. No, if you expect to use the pull-out couch for sleeping. Oh, and our dog loved it!
Room 400 faces some woods, so you can leave the drapes open - lovely view
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