It is difficult to seperate AspireHotel from the older Eisenhower Conference Center since they share common amenities: Convenient loction to battlefield sttractions, restaurant, swimmng pool and parking areas. We booked a poolside, two-queen sized beds, SMOKING room at the Eisenhower for a two night stay. Since we had lodged there many times in past years, we thought we knew what to expect. At check-in I was informed, without explanation. that we had been "upgraded" to the adjoining "Aspire". The desk crew were courteous but reluctant to explain why we had been moved. Our room was over-sized by most hotel standards, meticulously manicured and equipped with a pair of king-sized beds, flat screen wall-mounted TV, two overftuffed chairs and a writing-computer desk. (Oooops, Wi-Fi non-existant.) The ceilings are so high that you can hear a slight echo everytime you talk above a whisper. The room door bore the International sign for "Non-Smoking". (Ooops, someone made a mistake.) Front desk explained that the Aspire is a non-smoking hotel. Fair enough...wish someone, holding the printout of our booking request, had bothered to mentioned that before we took the room key. Found out later the originally-booked room was included in a section suffering a boiler failure.
Oh well, it hd been a long day and we were looking for a quiet dinner at the in-house restaurant, Richards. OOOOps! The restaurant won't be open tonight. Huh? But there is a Deli, but it's closed right now. Opens in about ninety minutes. Dare I ask if there is a continental breakfast in-house? Ooops...sorry, not available!
The hotel provides a charming "Smoking Area" for the 25% of traveler's who still use tobacco. Two semi-comfortable wrought iron benchs are firmly entrenched outside, just beyond the shelter of the overhang which covers the main entrance and front portal. Ooops!Depending on weather conditions this designated area can be either a welcome respite of fresh air or a soaking wet, bone-chilling horror. (If you are a smoker, check the weather forecast before you check-in.) And then there is the "Ambient Music" which continuously wafts through the smoker's corner. I truely believe that the"new Age" formless, electronic music ganre is an art form which should be enjoyed only in thirty-second bursts, after which you will either fall asleep or feel the need to walk far, far away. It doesn't stop....you can't turn it down...it's always there droning and numbing the senses.
Our biggest disappointment was in the bathroom. Well equipped with towels, toiletries and a stylish semi-circular shower curtain but the commode is seated so close to the floor that any person over 5' 6" is going to be uncomfortable sitting down. Oooops! I know the need to conserve water and commodes which produce fewer pints per flush are cost-effective, but this is ridiculous! If you have ANY problems with knee or hip motion, arthritis, bursitis, etc., beware. The minimal water level is high, the commode seat is very low. Neither very sanitary nor comfortable.
The Aspire is probably a great place for a business conference, meeting or wedding, but not really ftraveller-riendly to the casual, smoker sojourner. We should all aspire to achieving the good life. Our aspirations are to enjoy our retirement years far, far away from non-melodic music and non-smoking hotels.
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