First impression, loud ticking noise in the room from the air conditioner. No screws held the service door shut, so I investigated the loud ticking noise. One of the coil tubes was vibrating against the metal frame of the air conditioner. I fixed it by wedging a penny underneath the coil. The AC also had a dirty air filter. A simple fix that could have been implemented by a novice maintenance crew. This property also limits the AC thermostat to a minimum temp of 69F, but it fells more like 73 or so. (Possible thermostat trickery likely)
I stay at many Residence Inn's and it is easy to gauge the management by the cleanliness of the room and the quality of the meals. I checked into this property for a 2 week stay and there is a popcorn bowl on the counter without the free bag of microwave popcorn typical of most RI properties, no check in gift bag for platinum members, dust at eye level on top of refrigerator, dried glass condensation rings on coffee table, zipper side out on stained sofa cushions, yellow pages as coffee table books vs. area visitors guides, sagging mattress, trash cans without liners, and bathroom artwork spotted with soap residue.
The breakfast formula is tray of eggs, one meat, one starch, assorted breads and cereals. Overall a small breakfast selection compared to most RI properties, but the kicker is they slip a wristband under the door every morning like there is a huge contingent of infiltrators trying to sneak into the breakfast line. I wore my breakfast bracelet the first day until I realized nobody checks the ridiculous bracelets. I felt like an idiot wearing that bracelet when I realized no one else had one on.
Dinner was pretty sub par with one meat, pasta, some bag salad, and never a dessert. They only serve alcohol with the meal on Wednesdays and provide maybe two cases of beer for the whole hotel to split. I missed the hotels that have the draft beer on tap. The Aberdeen RI brings out the beer one six pack every fifteen minutes at a time for a dining room with 30+ people, so all of the guests eyeball the ice box and instantly take all of the beer. I asked the dining room attendant about the sparse beer and she said Crestline had limited the amount of beer for guests to a set amount per meal regardless of occupancy rates.
It is sad when you are a platinum level traveller and you recognize a property that is on the slow road of decline due to lack of maintenance, housekeeping, and trivial guest amenities, but the hotel management doesn't realize they are cutting back too much at the detriment to their own business.
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