We booked the Doubletree for two nights while visiting Pomona College with the 17yo daughter. Full disclosure: my husband grew up in Claremont so we have a soft spot for the town, Baldy Mountain behind it, and College Avenue (eat breakfast outside at the Grill: nice). Five hotels in 12 nights and we concluded that the Doubletree was the best value. The only downside is that the walls (this is the converted Griswold's, an overpriced disgrace to the hotel business); it seems as though each successive owner cannot bring himself to invest in injecting some insulation into the walls. We still heard the guy next door, the toilet flushing, and drunken tourists in the hallway at 2 am.
Walls aside, the Doubletree is great bang for the buck: free warm cookies at check-in; nice, big rooms, unstocked refrigerator (no angst over $10 water bottles); lots of towels; good desk space; free functioning WiFi, and nice little balconies. Our 2nd floor room overlooked a garden with the pool and whirlpool steps away. There is also a small but functional fitness center. Free coffee but no free breakfast. No matter: there is a Trader Joe’s on the same lot where you can stock up on pre-prepared food, grab a lager or wine, and watch the sun go down from your balcony. If you’re lazy like us, you can also order room service. For $100, everything included, the three of us ate very, very well. Try the salmon salad appetizer: it’s entrée sized and, at $14, you can’t beat the price.
One more thing: I had to print out something, but the Doubletree’s “business center” (two terminals and notepads) printer was out of order. The receptionist welcomed me to print out the pages behind the reception desk, free of charge. We’ll be back. Thanks!
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- Claremont Doubletree
- Claremont Inn California