We took a mini-weekend vacation, August 23-25th, and met up with another family member to share the weekend together to have some fun in the area. We were in Room 226, and the pictures that I share on this site are from our room, so be sure to see my photos. We had a Studio, 2 Queen, Sofabed Room Type, and there were 5 of us in the Room.
The best part of this Hotel is that you get a really nice full kitchen that is stocked with dishes and pots & flatware & full size refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, stove & microwave, but with all this convenience in a fully supplied kitchen, there was no dining area for a person to truly sit as a family and have a meal in the room.
The Room did have plenty of drawers & shelving for storing your things, as well as a nice work desk area. The Bathroom was very "odd" in having two ways to get into it by way of the bedroom or the kitchen closet, and although that is fine, it was not fine that only one door could be locked, which was from the bedroom to the bathroom. The other door in the bathroom from the kitchen closet, which were the broom & luggage closet, did not have any locks on them at all, and so anyone in your suite could just walk into the bathroom while you were using it, because it did not lock, which is not good if you have a family with both genders and want privacy in the bathroom.
The beds were okay in comfort, but the sofa had a nice look to it, but was in desperate need of being seriously cleaned (very dirty sofa), or in fact I feel that the sofa needs to be completely replaced because the sofa bed itself was awful, springs plunging out and very dirty mattress. Thank goodness that we came prepared with our own foam mattress cover, which made sleeping on the sofa bearable for our stay. Also, the space to pull out the sofa was very awkward because it was right on top of one of the beds in the room, and there is "zero" space between the bed and the sofa when you pull it out to use. We had to be on top of the sofa bed to make it up with the sheets because there was no space to stand to dress the bed when it is pulled out for use. The room needs to be readjusted with the sofa bed, it is not appropriate in the spot that it is in when it is pulled out and used.
This Hotel does offer breakfast, but not a very good one, but the housekeeping staff and the breakfast staff, which come in the morning, for the free breakfast were very nice people, its not their fault that the Hotel offers so very very little in choices for you to eat. The only "hot" item is a boiled egg. They have only a few muffins, some yogurt, juice & milk & cereal, but again, I've seen much better free breakfast than what they give you here. The seating for the free breakfast is okay, not terrific, but just okay.
The Hotel has a small area out back of the breakfast area, where you can use a grill and it has two sets of patio chairs & umbrellas, but the space is really tight, we did not use this area, and the grill was covered and so I don't know the condition of the grill to give a review on its condition.
The Hotel does have an indoor pool (small) and small fitness center, but we didn't use it. I did take pictures and it looked decent, but again, I didn't have the chance to use these two areas and so my review is not extensive for the pool and fitness center.
The Lobby area is very small. They have a nice self coin operated laundry room, which is a nice feature to have. They do give out free coffee/tea in the lobby area, and they have a very small mini mart, to purchase chips, cookies, juice, etc. (its not cheap prices), at the front desk area.
I did notice that this Hotel had a "Trip Advisor" sticker at the front desk as being "Excellent", and I would assume that it is an "old sticker" or perhaps someone who had a better experience than we had with the Hotel because I don't feel it deserves the rating of "Excellent", but it is not bad either. I would have said that the Hotel was just "okay" (average) in the rating, but I gave it a higher rating as "very good" because the kitchen is a nice full kitchen, although it has no dining area. The carpet Hallways in this Hotel are filthy, as well as the carpet in the elevators, and need to be replaced or have a deep shampoo, if possible. Also, in my Room, there was left from a previous resident, a pair of dirty underwear that was on the floor in the closet area. We arrived at night, and the staff was not very friendly at the front desk, and if you needed anything, like an extra sheet or towels, which we did, you had to go and get it yourself at the front desk, the Hotel does not seem to do any type of delivery for the guests for anything. Check out was fast, and they asked us if everything good, but I didn't get the feel that they really ask because they want to change anything, but just asking to be courteous when you are leaving to ask.
We went to the Hershey Zoo, which was a 15-20 minute drive from this Hotel, and we also went to Bird-In-Hand, to eat at Plain & Fancy Restaurant & the Historic Strasburg Railroad, which was about an Hour to drive from this Hotel.
This Hotel is almost across the street from a Mall that has a big name set of stores to shop. There are also some restaurants right across the street from this Hotel. This Hotel is not in a Country setting, like it is in Lancaster, but this Hotel is off the Highway area, and is an area that is for small business and shopping at a Mall, but again you can drive to Lancaster (1 hour) and see other sites near this area. I took photos, I labelled my photos in error as being Townhill Suites, but I meant to label them as Towneplace Suites, I have attached them to this review, so be sure to see them. Would we stay at this Hotel again? Yes, we would, but we would first look for another place to stay that may be a bit better, but if we couldn't find another place better then "yes" we would stay here again, it was just okay, not bad, but not fantastic as we would have liked it to be.
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