We stayed in a room with a king size bed, but with only a shower and not a tub. We paid only 63.20 for our room and it came with a free breakfast. And the breakfast was not one of those help yourself jobs you find in most hotels. This breakfast was served in their lovely dining room, with very attentive waiters, and on a table with a real cloth tablecloth, cloth napins and real fresh flowers on each table. The first day we ordered off the menu and had the all american breakfast, eggs, bacon, hashbrown, muffins, oj, and coffee. The 2nd morning we were there, they had a buffet for breakfast and it had every thing you might want, including fresh strawberries and real, not canned pineapple. Our ticket for breakfast said that we had a 10 dollar credit, but we found that we could really have any and everything we wanted. On the buffet they had only scrambled eggs and my husband wanted fried eggs, so he asked his waiter if he could have 3 [mind you , 3] fried eggs with his breakfast instead of the scrambled eggs on offer, and the waiter cheerfully complied. Try that at most free breakfast situations!
Our room was pretty, bright and clean. We had 5 fluffy pillows on our king sized bed. And we had an actual walk-in closet with shelves along 3 walls, so plenty of places to put stuff. Also there were two of the little fold out suitcase holders in the closet. I have spent time in much more expensive places that only put one in each room. And there was a real iron and a real ironing board in the closet. Absolutely the best closet facilities I have ever seen in any hotel I have stayed in! Not fancy, of course, the light was just a bare bulb high on the wall with a string cord to turn it on and off, but big and roomy and with everything you need to put your clothes away.
The bathroom on the other hand, was very small and looked its age. There was chipping of the floor tile around the doorway, and the marble sink was cracked at the bottom of the bowl Also the toilet flush arrangement was the strangest i have ever seen in a hotel. If you stay in that room , the way to flush the toilet is to put down the lid so you can see the mechanism and then to flush with your foot.
. Also on my first shower, I had the water temp just perfect and was about two thirds finished, when suddenly the water turned instantly very hot! I had to jump completely out! Why that happened, I don't know, and it didn't happen on the 2nd day. Maybe too many of my neighbors were showering at the same time, but I was slower than they were. Maybe it took a while that day for the hot water to make it to my room?
The air conditioning and heating system is a bit different too. As I understand it, the entire hotel is on a single system. Your room either has hot air, or it is being air conditioned, or it is on neutral and bringing in outside air. There is no way for you to really control temps in your own room, except that the windows do actually open.
I had a man ask me as I was leaving my room if it was too cold. And I hadn't even noticed what the temp was in it, which meant that it was just about perfect. But he said their room was too cold and they were leaving. He said the cold was making their baby fussy. And I did hear their baby crying when I was out in the hall , but I do doubt if the room was cold enough to make a baby cry. Probably the baby was missing her own routine and her own bed at home.
Now the people who say the walls are thin and you can hear noises outside and from the room next to you are right. I could hear the tv's sometimes of my neighbors on either side, and sometimes the hall outside our room was a little loud. I could hear people laughing, but not what they said. Our room tho was just across from the elevators and when a convention of insurance salesmen came in, they decided apparently that the 4th floor hall just out side the elevators was an excellent place to stop and have a little 'get acquainted " meeting. It was daytime tho and I wasn't in the room much and it didn't really bother me.
I think this hotel has some very expensive rooms. If you are paying for one of those, you may be inclined to find fault with the hotel's age and condition. It is certainly old and fading a bit, and if you want pristine and perfect , this is not your hotel.
On the other hand tho, if you like luxury on a budget, then this is for you, no question.
It has the beautiful lobby, and lovely dining room, it has very attentive wait staff, and it has pretty and clean rooms. Not perfect and showing wear a bit, but still very pretty.
Also there is that beautiful wide wrap around porch with the chairs to sit and chat in and meet and it is right next to the lovely national park.
Surely anyone who travels at all would agree that you could do a great deal worse for 63.20 a night with a free breakfast included.
I shudder to think of what other hotels in the area that would agree with that price would have been like.
The hotel did tell me that that price was not always available, but I would say to all my friends, if you find it available , go for it. You won't be sorry!
Then there are the baths. My husband and I had the least expensive full treatment available, and it was 60 dollars each. We had about an hour in the mineral water stuff and then a 30 minute massage. It was wonderful, quite relaxing. Men and women are separate. Couples treatments are available , but are more expensive.
First you get into the full tub of hot mineral water, and your attendant also gives you little cups of the water to drink. After about 10 minutes or so, she comes in and washes your arms , legs, and back with a loofah like thing. The back wash is very nice. Then you go to a sauna for as long as you like. There are two levels in the sauna room and the highest level is hotter. After that comes a wrap with hot towels, except the face towel is icey cold. That is great and very relaxing, then into the shower and then to the massage. The whole experience is very nice indeed.
My husband and I stayed at the Austin Hotel some years back and had their massage too. And I can tell you that when we were there anyway, the Arlington has a few steps in their treatment that the Austin didn't have. Or perhaps they were available , but not in the basic package like they were at the Arlington. For example at the Austin there was no sauna and no hot towel wrap. Also no scrubbing with the loofah thing. [which by the way, they give you to take home with you]
And something at the Arlington that I liked. The Arlington gives the women a little robe thing that snaps under the arms and is much easier to wear than the big sheet you had to wrap in at the Austin. And when the Arlington does use the sheet, like when you are going for the massage, the attendant herself wraps you in it and fastens it up in such a way, that you hold onto one corner of the sheet and you are very secure and covered to walk around and with no part of the sheet trailing on the floor.
That didn't happen at the Austin. You wrapped your own sheet and it was forever falling everywhere. Also there was quite a wait in a room with other customers at the Austin between leaving the bath and going to see your massage person. The Arlington had a much smoother operation, your attendant never left you really alone, she was always nearby, and when she finished she brought you directly to the massage and handed you over.
That being said tho, when the treatment was over and I came out of the dressing room, every single attendant on the womens side had disappeared. No one seemed to be in the whole place but me, and I couldn't remember my way out! I wandered all over and went everywhere at least twice. Finally , I decided to push open a door which i didn't remember ever seeing before in my life, and sure enough, found myself back out in the intake area. There was no one there either, but from there I knew how to return to the hotel hallway.
My husband on the other hand, had an entirely different experience. He says he also was always shadowed by very attentive attendants, but when he came out of the dressing room, they were still nearby to wish him a very enjoyable day and with their palms out for a tip! lol So maybe my own experience wasn't so bad after all, my attendants didn't get a tip from me, since when I had my purse with me they were all gone.
My husband and I enjoyed the Arlington very much. Do we feel we got a real bargain for the money we paid? yes indeed! Do we like this hotel enough to return? Yes, indeed!
Was it a good experience for us? Yes, and we recommend it to all of you reading this. [ask for the 63.20 special with the free breakfast, you can't go wrong]
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