Came up with my girlfriend and family to visit the little sis at nearby Hamilton College in Clinton. Had stayed at Turning Stone last year, which I love (see my review), but those jerks wanted like $500/night this year which is insane, so had to find other options.
The hotel options in this part of the state are just pathetic. I love visiting my alma-matar in Ithaca, but hate staying at those disgusting 40 year old Ramadas and Clarions. The shame with Vernon Downs is that it appears the hotel was just built recently, but was built so cheaply and filled with such crap furniture and neauseating decor, it has aged horribly and already looks +30 years old. The lobby is dark green and maroon red. The elevator doors inundate you with these huge tacky graphics of dollar bills and slot machines when they close shut.
The guestrooms are a nice size, similar to an AmeriSuites or Hyatt Place, but filled with motel-quality furniture. Bedspread is one of those ugly print things that never gets washed and the bed has one of those fuzzy tan blankets also that are gross.
Despite being a non-smoking hotel, the first room they gave us reeked terribly of stale cigarette smoke, we couldn't take it. The second room was better. The TV was a small old style version and had horrible reception and the remote needed each button pressed about 10 times waving your hand in 10 different places before it worked. Awful.
There was a huge party, super loud, on the floor sometime around 3-4am saturday night/early sunday morning which briefly woke me up. Thank god, I was exhausted and fell back asleep pretty quick.
Sunday brunch at Lucky's was cheap, like $8, but pretty basic, 2 varieties of cereal, even less varieties of milk. Some powdered eggs and french toast.
All in all, a miserable place. Probably will have to stay here again next year, preying Turning Stone is cheaper if not, better get a non-smoking room at the very least.
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