A work trip brought me to the Coast Edmonton Plaza. I work for a rather large Insurance company and this hotel is within a stone’s throw of our new office building. It stood to reason that the Coast Hotel would easily accommodate my needs as well as other co-workers for this trip and the future. I didn’t book this hotel as an associate did it for me. First impressions. GREAT front desk service when I booked in. Courteous and friendly. It ended there…….. the good experience I mean. I could write a long verbose explanation of my impressions, but you know, I’m one of those “Pictures Say a Thousand Words” sort of guys. I happened to have my camera with me to take pictures of the new office, so I decided to snap a few and share with you.
Upon entering the suite, I turned on the light in front door and all initially appeared okay. I put my bag and laptop down and looked for a light switch to turn on the lamps inside the room. NOTHING. I took a picture of the plate where the light switch should have been. This is room 1002 by the way in case someone tries to book you into that room. I turned on my phone to get some light and went in search of the lamp…… Found one !!!! On goes the light…. All appears in order.. But wait….. that TV.. Wow – I thought I was the last one with a CRT television – but the ones in this hotel are actually older than my 7 year old unit.. No, I’m not kidding.
You know , I’m not one of those Prima Donna’s either in case you’re wondering. I don’t look for issues, I swear. It’s one of those situations, that were more than one little thing pops up – you just sorta notice other things. I forgave the light switch, but then it dawned on me – where’s the TV remote? NOTHING – checked everywhere…… I called the front desk. I’ll get maintenance to bring one up right away…. And they did in about 20 minutes.. The maintenance guy was nice enough and said – ya, for some reason they always end up in the laundry room. They really should check the sheets before they bring them down there……. Me? “Ya think?” – did you give it a quick wipe? Oh yes sir, of course.. But hey – it worked…
I noticed they had a complimentary coffee and tea set up there. I opted for hot chocolate in the paper cup. I know what you’re thining. That’s not very eco-friendly…… you’re right…. I defer you to exibit C. The water glass in the bathroom. Given the specimin, should I take a chance on the coffee cup’ s provided? Na, me either. But much to my shagrin – I prepared it and was SHOCKED when I was overwhelmed with a strong perfume smell…… upon close inspection, I saw that this paper cup must have been on the cleaning lady’s cart a little too close to something. I got to taste it….. a bit lemony actually…. I didn’t finish it.
The rest of the night was uneventful. In the morning it was time for a shower. I started it up – no hot water?? AH – I’m in 1002 which means. I’m high up… I’ll let this run – it’s gotta come a long way up… 15 minutes……. It got as one other reviewer said. TEPID at best. I turned the shower nozzle on…. WTF? It started spraying the ceiling….. and big time too. Check the pictures above the shower head, clearly this has gone on a long time….(see pictures) I fiddeled with the shower head to stop it But I had a quick shower and got out. I wondered why there wasn’t an exhaust fan. NO need – no hot water…
I’ve included the pictures of the bathroom, the gross floor, the wall paper coming off the walls – the makeshift bracket holding up the towel racks.
Again – I want to be comfortable – that’s it. A nice hot shower in the morning, clean glasses, or a cup of hot chocolate without tasting cleaner while I watch the TV if I can find the damn remote. Ya, I know, I was verbose, but you know what? Pictures say a lot – and I would have probably overlooked most of it – but darn it if one thing didn’t jump out after another. Oh. The Ice machine is wicked noisy too which sits just outside the door. Ya, I’ll tell my co-workers to stay somewhere else…
Strongest note was the restaurant. i loved it. Good food and service.
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