We came on a whim and got a last-minute res, which was great. When we checked in, there was an extraordinary guy behind the desk - Joshua; if you see him, ask for his recommendations of what to do and where to eat; he's amazing, and has a great future in hospitality, if that's what he wants to do. Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and as a result of his advice, we switched our plans and had a super time.
All was well until breakfast, which is actually one of the worst we've had at a Hampton Inn, and
unworthy of this one's university location. You want half-and-half in your coffee? Sorry, there's only chemical fake cream. If you're a low-carb eater, as we are, your only choice is insanely
overcooked "scrambled eggs" that tasted like they came out of a carton and were cooked in margarine - though on the plus side, there IS butter. I was sure there must be some actual
half and half, since it comes in little pods just like the chemical stuff. But the server I asked said oh, there IS cream - when I said that wasn't cream, just a bunch of chemicals, she seemed
nonplussed. I eventually found some milk and settled for that, and choked down the eggs.
No bacon, no sausage, which is a first - just carbs. If you love carbs and don't mind chemicals, you'll be thrilled.
Bed was great, shower so-so. Oddly, the bath towels are at the far end of the shelves under the sink, and the only hook to hang one on, in case you think ahead, is on the end where the toilet is, in effect the back door of the shower. Not terribly annoying, but no one seems to have imagined what it's like to actually use the bathroom.
Location: very convenient to almost everything - a quick shot to the beach, the inland waterway, the wonderful Airlie Road that goes to Airlie Gardens (thank you, Joshua!), the historic river area But the hotel itself is stuck in a blah mall with low-end stores.
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