I haven't stayed at a Hampton since 1996. After several problems with Hampton Inns in different cities in the early 90's, I stopped staying at the chain. However, I was traveling with a colleague and he booked our lodgings.
I must say I was pleasantly surprised by my return to Hampton Inn. This was a nice, clean hotel with very friendly staff. While the common areas are decorated nicely and up-to-date, the rooms were rather dated and tired, with the exception of the bathroom. It was clear that the bathroom had been remodeled in more recent years. Yet, the carpet needed to be replaced badly. Otherwise, the furnishings were in good shape--just a bit dated. The room was quite large. The breakfast was diverse and very good. The rooms were reasonably priced.
However, I had one major problem, and it's with the entire chain. They are very proud of the fact that they change the bedding EVERY SINGLE DAY for EVERY SINGLE LODGER. Even if you are staying multiple days, they change out the sheets and duvet cover. I find that so incredibly wasteful--particularly in an area of the country that is experiencing such a severe drought that the Governor has declared a State of Emergency. Yes, I expect clean sheets and duvet cover on the first night of my stay, but after that, please leave them alone!
This is obviously a corporate policy because they plaster this "service" in high-quality professional posters in the elevator. They think this is a selling point to customers? NO WAY! I seek out hotels that have green certifications and conserve water and energy and embrace recycling and such. I have no need for clean sheets and duvet covers every evening, and I want to use my towels for at least 3 or 4 days, but housekeeping at Hampton took my towels away, even though I folded them and hung them up nicely.
Some of you may appreciate these practices, and if you do, then I recommend this hotel. For those of us that try to reduce our footprint on earth, do not stay at a Hampton Inn! I will not go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hampton Inn and Suites Lodi hotel is near Lodi Lake, Micke Grove Zoo and General Mills. Our non-smoking hotel in wine country has a variety of rooms and suites to choose from with free WiFi and HDTVs. Enjoy free breakfast, free parking, a multi-lingual staff, our outdoor pool, fitness room, business center, two 407 sq. ft. meeting rooms (with theater-style and banquet set-ups available for up to 42 guests). Plus, complimentary evening manager's reception (local laws apply). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hampton Inn And Suites Lodi
- Hampton Inn & Suites Lodi Hotel Lodi
- Lodi Hampton Inn