The hotel is actually quite nice, clean and quiet. I was tripping out on the overkill on security. It is nice to feel secure but not to the point of feeling guilty anytime you walk out of the hotel to smoke. The security guy was very nice despite my disregrd to the rules of wedging the door open to avoid the multiple steps to get back in. It didn't appear ghetto except for the pair of shoes hanging form the telephone wires above the entrance. I told the security guy that you only have two key card swipes to get into a Brooklyn hotel but you have 4 swipes to get into your room from the outside via the staircase in Washington of all places. That must make some people feel pretty secure.
They let me check in at 11:45 am due to being Platinum, I guess. That was very accomodating of them when I flew in early on Monday. They later delivered double my HHonors perks after I had checked in. The staff were very nice and polite people after proving I deserved to be there.
The shower heads were a little high and I'm 6'2. However, that was much more welcome than the showerheads that only go to my chest at most Hamptons. All of the locals call it Lake Hood and I don't see why in my 3 days so far. Even the street walkers were polite as they panhandled. A guy showed me his ID as he asked to bum a cigarette. Washington does not seem to know ghetto and that's a good thing that they are trying to head it off before it gets to that point of literary truth.
There is a nice mini/maxi fridge and microwave so you don't have to eat at the limited high-class selections nearby.
Really dude? I go out to smoke and have to swipe 4 times to get back into my room? I guess that makes some people feel more secure. It just annoys me. At least get the tap card entry instead of 3 to 4 swipes per swiper to acknowledge that yes, my card is legit. That may equal 16 swipes to successfully get back to my room.
The positives are the very quiet environment, the pleasant, albeit slightly suspicious personnel, clean rooms, and convenient location. Not even one mile away is a motel that advertises Color TV and Free Local Calls! Had a nice flatscreen TV in Hampton with VGA and HDMI inputs for productivity on your laptop conveniently located next to the desk/workspace.
Another annoyance is the single entrance on only the front.You may find out the hard way after turning into the street and finding the other two entrances closed. Then try to make a left turn to make another left turn into the proper hotel entrance during dusk rush-hour. Not only that, but, in the rain (go figure), their side entrance, which is closest to the nearest available parking space is under maintenance also. You have to solely go through the front door. That is a great security item, but so is the full-body scanner, taking off your belt, shoes, liquids, and laptops at the airport.
It is right next to the freeway and walking distance to a couple of fast food joints/restaurants and a buffet of some sorts. The price though, is not comparable to other Hampton locations. It is a bit high especially for the extra security they put you through.
Not what I expected for the price and hassle.
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