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“Not what I expected from a Clarion Hotel”
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Garden Plaza Hotel
Ranked #19 of 21 Hotels in Hagerstown
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Not what I expected from a Clarion Hotel”
Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

I was disappointed from the get go by not receiving much of a greeting. The young lady barely looked up as we stood at the counter. We were advised to drive to the back of the building although our second floor room was closer to the middle of the hotel. We found out that was because the ONLY elevator in the building was in the back (see photo).None of the exterior doors are secured. The hallways were sultry (no sign of a vent anywhere). Paint chipped off the door. Unknown stains in the room (see photo) and the refrigerator doesn't appear to be working. Freezer needs defrosted, yet refrigerator area is warm. The safe in the room doesn't work (may just need batteries). Furniture is marred and dated. Old fashioned TV (not flat screened) Air condition is great, very cold. Bed is comfortable. Overall, disappointing for the price and brand name.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Franklin, North Carolina
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Upon arriving at the hotel it was obvious that it was an older Clarion, the outside was dated and not attractive. However entering the lobby, it was well maintained and clean, but for their prices you would think they could afford air conditioning in the public areas. The hallways and elevator was like a hot box, and don't even think of sitting around the indoor pool. It was like a sauna walking around in the pool atrium. The design of having inside balconies with a scenic overlook of the pool was a great idea in theory, but in practicality, it stinks. Having all those a/c units blowing warm air into the pool area only added to the heat. The rooms were clean and well proportioned. The breakfast was another disappointment. Powdered eggs and fake sausage, wow. But it was so hot, because the breakfast area is beside the pool, it was impossible for the limited food choices to get cold. I would not choose to stay at this property in the future unless it was mandatory or no where else to stay. Customer service was some of the worst I have ever encountered and they didn't seem to care. Buyer/traveler beware.

Room Tip: One with a really good a/c unit, you'll need it.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Chuckey, Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed June 22, 2013

our recent stay at this hotel for a convention was quite enjoyable. The staff was so over-the-top in accommodating our needs that I had to write a review. We did not eat at the hotel so I cannot rate their restaurants. I would def stay there again in the future.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
293 reviews
215 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2013

As far as this type of hotel goes several things were well above average and expectation, Received a lot of help and great service from Karen. Rooms clean, well appointed, pool rather over chlorinated the smell of which permeated everything. Someone needs to learn to make coffee, the breakfast and all day comp coffee was so weak it was really just colored water.
Everything else though good, and in a good state of repair

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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United States
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Parking lot had some parts that were lit up but some parts were dark and could use the lighting. Check In, we had to wait until we were acknowledged. If you had prepaid, they didn't care for you, as they already had their money. Room could have been cleaner. The door in our hotel had a huge gap around the frame, especially at the bottom and on the side, at least one inch. The floors had not been vacuumed very well, as the dirt was thick within the crevices. The bathroom tub was heavily stained black and mildewed. The bathroom set up was very cramped. When the door opens, it's right at the toilet. Barely slept in the bed as the sheets were itchy and smelled. The A/C was a window unit that blew out smelly air. Definitely not a noise proof hotel. Breakfast wasn't bad, but played it safe by eating cereal and fruit. Do yourself a favor and sleep/stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2013

My boyfriend and I decided to stay here for a little getaway. We had planned on going to dinner, shopping and possible out for a few drinks, so we didnt want to drive all the way home. When we arrived to check in, the front desk attendent was very rude. It had seemed like we were interrupting her for some reason. She handed me our key cards and sent us on our way. The hotel is fairly large, so I had no idea where I was headed. Had to ask, on several separate occasions, where and when things were located (including our room). After some exploring, we found that there is a bar/resaurant and a night club attached to the hotel itself. This would have been good to know upon check in. However, we did have a wonderful time in both. We didn't even have to leave the hotel in order to enjoy an evening out! There is also a very large pool in the very center of the hotel. Our room was poolside so all we had to do was go through the sliding glass door in our room. The room was very clean and the bed was super comfy! All in all, we had a wonderful time and were very happy with our stay. At checkout, the manager was very friendly and apologetic about the rude employee the night before and assured me she would address the issue. Needless to say, we will defiitely be back for another stay.

Room Tip: Poolside rooms are the way to go!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Middletown, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2013

My husband and I stayed here so that we could have a child free night. The location is excellent if you want to go to the bars that are next door. Everything is connected so we had dinner and then enjoyed a fun night of people watching at the bar next door, Cancun Catina West. The hotel front desk was very nice to deal with. The rooms were clean and spacious. The pool area looked great and would be nice to take kids to enjoy. They offered breakfast in the morning but we did not get a chance to use our tickets. My only compliant was the curtains were not blackout so there was quite a bit of light coming through in the morning. Overall a great overnight stay!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Garden Plaza Hotel

Property: Garden Plaza Hotel
Address: 901 Dual Hwy, Hagerstown, MD 21740-5950 (Formerly Clarion Hotel and Conference Center Hagerstown)
Location: United States > Maryland > Hagerstown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 21 Hotels in Hagerstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Garden Plaza Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Recently renovated property. Located on the edge of downtown historic Hagerstown, MD. Off I-70. Minutes from I-81 Complimentary Deluxe Continental breakfast. Pool Bar. Landscaped gardens with rare water features. Beautiful new meeting rooms. Executive Business Suite and Board Room. Many choices available for meetings of all sizes and types. Full food and Beverage service. Perfect for Weddings, Receptions, Reunions, Business Meetings or just relaxing with the family and swimming in our heated indoor pool. Private Parking. Beautiful tropical atrium with heated indoor pool. Free Internet. Business Center. Want comfort and Luxury -as well as friendly and hospitable service - then come stay with us. New ... more   less 
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