I stayed at the Dayton Grand on a one-day business trip. I was glad it was only a one-day visit.
This hotel is two stars at best. Various travel sites put it at 3.5 stars. And it continually pops up when you search for the best hotels in Dayton. But this is not one of the best hotels. It is one of the worst.
My arrival at the hotel started with a battle for a parking place. The hotel has a narrow and treacherous high-rise parking lot. It is all self-park. And as I spiraled up in search of a spot, I noticed streaks of automobile paint and even an occasional piece of a cracked headlight at nearly every turn. I was in a rented compact and was uncomfortable. A large vehicle will have major problem with this lot.
The next problem is that this labyrinth of a parking lot does not have an elevator. So after you wedge your auto into a spot, be ready to hand carry your luggage down to the ground level. I had to hand carry my bags down five flights of stairs.
Oh yes, and let's discuss the stairs. It appears that the stairwell double as a restroom for local homeless people. As I rounded the corner from floor two to the ground floor I heard the door shut. And when I reach the bottom of the stairs, I noticed a fresh puddle. It wasn't the first time, as the ground floor carried the familiar nitrogenous stech of old urine.
The entrance to the hotel is ok, but old. The hotel appear to have spent a little money fixing up the lobby and common areas. But they do not look anything as nice as the photos of the hotel’s website. Kudos to the photographer they hired. Those light and airy photos of open spaces convinced me to book my room.
The check-in clerk was curt, but efficient. At this point, I didn't even bring up the parking and urine issues. Anyone holding a job at this hotel probably wouldn't care, I concluded. What's he going to say: "Sorry about that sir, since our hotel sucks, your room will be free tonight."
Up to my room I went. I was now hoping against hope that the upper floors and my room might have been recently renovated. No such luck. Expect something akin to a Howard Johnson’s motel room – circa 1986. Spartan furnishings, coarse minimum thread count sheets, a small cathode ray tube television, musty curtains, a thin and threadbare bed spread, old carpeting, and stained tile in the bathroom. I left my socks on; even to sleep.
Dayton is working to reinvent and revitalize itself. There are good things happening in this city. But the owner of this hotel clearly has not received the memo. The hotel is not affiliated with a flag (national brand) for a reason. Nobody wants this place to carry their banner. I am never going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is a beautiful and historic boutique property downtown Dayton. We are within walking distance of the Convention Center, performing arts and restaurants. If you like the outdoors, Riverscape is just a few blocks away. Enjoy the bike paths or kayak under the water fountains. We have 182 rooms, including 28 suites. Being a historic property, all the rooms are unique in shape. We also offer around 6,000 sq ft of event space for meetings, weddings, social events and military gatherings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dayton Grand Hotel Ohio