Spent three days here, drove my own car. VALET Parking in SECURE area is $18 PER NIGHT. The valet staff were friendly, courteous and professional. Tipping them was warranted.
Parking in non-secure area is $15 per night. You DON'T have to pay, you can park out on the street "at your own risk" (see crime link below) with limited or no street parking (see Google map). There is an "empty lot" to the east which was suggested. Would you risk parking your vehicle in an unsecured, somewhat crime ridden area?
Express Check In? that's a laugh. Maybe it was just the staff on check-in day. The staff on the other two days were more accommodating. Supposedly the hotel was recently renovated but it's just window dressing, plain and simple. I talked to people who stayed here years earlier and they said the ambiance was much better and the balcony was not for show.
btw - the granite counter tops in the bathroom are nice but the table is not level, so don't put anything on the counter that might roll off or that you want to keep dry. If counter puddles and wet floors are your thing, your in. The bathroom lacks bath towel bars/racks.
I don't think bars to hang towels and a spirit level for the counter, another chair/bench for sitting in the room is too much to ask. Oh yea, one more thing - the ice machine and vending machine's are located on the second floor AND only on the second floor of a 13 floor hotel.
The CROWNEing Touch to my stay here was the fire alarm that was set off by work being done in the conference room. We (several guests) had to use the stairs from the top floor. It would have been nice if half way down someone had announced over the PA system "go back to your room and YES, you can use the elevator." Someone mentioned the cause of the alarm was not fire but hot water . . . no doubt in my mind, the hot water here will scald you, use caution.
The message from the manager in the room guest book states if you are not happy with your accommodations to contact management for resolution. REALLY? Having spoken to other guest, it appears my situation was not isolated, it was "status quo."
If all this sound good to you perhaps you should consider the hotels condominium, cheaper by the month/year. Just know that there are better places to stay for less money, you don't have to pay for parking and the crime rate isn't as high as it is in this neighborhood.
Crime source - Orange County Sheriff's office - Link http://www.ocso.com/CrimeInformation/tabid/122/Default.aspx
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