I am staying this weekend at the Clarion Hotel Downtown. Now for those of you that follow my travels, you are aware that I am a very foo-foo type of traveler. For this trip, the accommodations were specified and I was not able to deviate my lodgings.
Let me say the positives up front as usual. It alway easy to bash a place but few people talk about the positives. And let's admit it that in every travel experience there is at least one positive.
Positives: The hotel staff is extremely polite, positive and ready to serve. They are friendly and accommodating. The front lobby is very nice and clean. Their on-site restaurant is decorated nicely and comfortably. The discounted group rate of $67.00 per night for a king sized room was reasonable. The outside pool is very clean and goes from 4ft. to 8ft which makes it great to exercise in. The king size bed was stupendous. I did not want to get out of it this morning to make my meeting.
Now for the negatives: Though the decor in the restaurant is very nice. The FOOD leaves a lot to be desired. Last night they were serving on their buffet, old looking fried chicken, some type of hash stew something or other, white rice with no butter or gravy, wilted string beans and a bland potatoe salad. All for a whapping $13.95 Plus tax. After looking every thing over, I walked a mile and ate a Long horns. That will be discussed in another review. I tried again this morning and ate breakfast in the restaurant. For 8.95 plus tax I got a breakfast buffet of bacon, grapes, cantalope and cold hash browns. They offered 3 types of cereal, skim milk, watery eggs, grits and again some of that hash stuff. Yuck.... Holiday Inn Take Me HOME>
Though the bed was great, the room overall was in very poor condition and small. I had requested a refrigerator 2 months ago. Upon check in the very friendly staff made sure one was procurred. However, upon getting the fridge, the deliver kind of waited around the room for a minute more than I though was cool, so I tipped him 5 bucks. Then he promptly left. SO I guess that was what he was waiting for.
You know how when you clean your old tub from back in the 70's and the dirt just won't get off the base of the tub where your feet go. Well that was what my tub in room 128 has. I had to put a bath towel down inside the tub for fear of getting hoof in mouth by stepping in it. The shower sorround has milde going up the walls and around the soap dish and behind the toilet. Gross. The Television is on of those old 26 inch tube tv's and the refrige that I tipped 5 bucks for seems like it came out of Sanford and Sons garage.
Overall, had I had a choice in my accommodations this time, I would not have stayed at the Clarion. Que Cera.
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Hotel Columbia
- Clarion Columbia
- Columbia Clarion