When I read some of the reviews and the things people nitpick about, I had to laugh. I mean a toilet that flushes too loud? Believe it or not, that toilet was the loudest I have ever heard. Forty three years of hearing flushes and I cringed every time I had to pull the handle. Was it enough to change my thoughts of the room? Nah, it was just an interesting aside. On to the more unbiased.
The Sins of a Hotel Stay:
What can make a break a stay for me come down to a few things. Cleanliness, comfort of bed and properly working A/C or heat. The A-town Hawthorne passes all the above. Room was clean but yes, dated and a little in need of an update. Hanging closet doorknob.. jacuzzi which worked but had half its buttons missing, no hot water from kitchenette sink, one overhead light with no switch I could find. These would be deal breakers and get a one star review from a $150+ room. In context of value, they were not a big deal to us. The bed was comfortable enough. It was probably a pillow top thrown onto an older mattress but it was firm enough without lumps. The linens and pillows were top notch. I wanted to steal one of those pillows.
The room and hotel itself were very quiet and I slept like a baby. The room was large, almost to the point of cavernous. The trek to the bathroom had me wanting to hail a taxi. That beats a tiny room though.
The owners/staff were all very nice and accomodated my request for extra pillows and were very prompt with a reply when I could not figure out why the Jacuzzi would not turn on. I wasn't hitting a button that was recessed in the tub. Handle room problems and give me a couple of extra pillows and I am a happy camper.
This is NOT a s-hole (pardon my blunt vernacular) but it is far from a luxurious room. The TV had pretty terrible picture quality and my phone could not get anything to work from the WiFI even though it said I was connected. Again, no big deal as I wasn't on the trip for business. This may be something I would have sought a solution for had I needed access.
The room was waiting for us at 68 degrees when we arrived and the A/C worked flawlessly and quietly. So overall, I had an enjoyable stay. Based on the price to value ratio, $110 for a big room with a jacuzzi, I will give it a solid 3.5. I'll rate it four stars to be fair to what seems like a willing ownership. They should probably invest some money into the hotel in the near future but then again, with due respect, this is Allentown, not NYC or Philly.
We did not make the breakfast because we had a brunch planned with some friends later on. Coffee machine in kitchen/lobby area makes on demand fresh hot coffee all day/night.
PS: I'd give a perfect 5 star rating on cleanliness but there was a phone number written in pencil on the bathroom wall. Very gauche and should not have been missed by housekeeping.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel is an all suite hotel with spacious rooms. Six restaurants all within walking distance of the hotel. This hotel attracts the business traveler due to the close proximity to business centers and industrial parks. Lehigh Valley Hospital is 2 miles away. Located only 1.5 hours to New York City. Leisure business is attracted on weekends due to theme parks,water parks, local history. Near Pa Dutch Country. ... more less
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