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“On a scale from 1-10, This place gets a "3"” 2 of 5 bubbles
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The Blu Hotel
Ranked #13 of 18 Hotels in Blue Ash
Tennessee
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“On a scale from 1-10, This place gets a "3"”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2006

Stayed here 2 nights back in June for Bus. and wished I was somewhere else. This must be a family ran franchise since the whole time I was there I seen the same 3 people working. The room was clean and spacious but rough around the edges. The landscaping inside the lobby area is hilarious and looks like it was done by a 4 year old! Breakfast in the morning was another joke. Hope you like room temp milk and juice as they leave these sitting out for hours without ice. Seems like this could be a health hazard! I've stayed in 4 or 5 that were worse, but I will not be back!

  • Liked — Bed was comfy,slept well
  • Disliked — pretty much everything else.
  • Tips/Secrets — Try to find another place to stay!
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank vols98
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Muncie, Indiana
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191 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2006

We were not sure what to expect based on the mixed reviews we had read but overall , not a bad stay. Not very many nearby choices for dining or drinks. Hotel is located is a corporate business area. Choices for dining were Applebees, Ruby Tuesdays .. and a bit further McDonalds and Wendys. If you drive down Reed Hartman towards the airport there is a BW3.
The hotel is a bit older but well kept .. probably used to be another chain and has been refurbished. The free continental breakfast was like all the other Choice Hotel chains ... not much to brag about .. the usual ... bagels, danish and this one had (microwaved) sausage patties .. along with the standard "make your own" waffles. What ever happened to biscuit / gravy and donuts?? Staff was very friendly. We used Choice points for a free room .. not sure I would have been as satisfied if I had been paying full price.

  • Liked — Ease of check inn .. easy to find
  • Disliked — Lack of variety on breakfast
  • Tips/Secrets — Try to find a place to eat before it gets dark . ..not a bad area but will have to drive a bit to find some
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
Helpful?
Thank Mao007
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2006

We chose to stay at this hotel because it was the best rate that we could find in the Cincinnati area that would allow my family of six to stay at no extra charge per person. The package offer that included area attraction tickets was a good deal. The hotel was a bit run down, but clean for the most part. There is a microwave and a refridgerator in the suite. The fridge was noticably old and the small freezer compartment was broken. The wooden lattice room divider was broken in a couple places. The beds were semi-comfortable, but the pull-out mattress was very thin. There is no room serivce, but we found a couple pizza places that would deliver. There is a continintal breakfast in the mornings with such things as pre-made waffle mix and a waffle iron, a variety of pastries, and three types of cereal. There is a rectangle pool and sauna available until 10 pm. When I called to the front desk to ask for more towels, I was asked to come and get them myself (twice). The next time that we visit the Cincinnati area, we will probably not stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Bedford, Ohio
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2006

My daughter and I stayed overnight while attending an Indians-Reds game on June 30, 2006. The hotel is near the junction of I-71 and I-275 for easy access to ammenities. Plenty of shopping and eating facilities within an easy drive. It's about a 20 minute drive to the downtown area, but we felt that easy access to shopping malls and resturants in Blue Ash commensated for the drive.

Plenty of free parking, although the front lot fills up quickly. Exterior of the building is well maintained, although the condensate dripping from the room air conditioners is beginning to erode the masonry work. The lobby is considered "New Orleans" style, which is basically just wrought iron railings on the walkways overlooking the small atrium lobby.

Check-in was very quick and efficient. The clerk did not provide any information about the hotel other than how to get to our room. However, she had a very professional demeanor and I'm sure she would have provided all we wanted to know had we asked. No problems with billing or the reservations at all.

The room was a suite, with a King bed, roll away sofa in an area away from the main bedroom. It included a microwave and a small refrigerator. The room had plenty of towels and bedding, including the sofabed. The sofabed was comfortable, but not nearly as so as the bed. The room was clean and did not have any odors. The cooling unit was relatively quiet, and did not require any further adjustment to keep the room comfortable all night. The bathroom had the sink outside of the toilet/shower area, which gave some extra room to iron clothes, shave, blow-dry hair, etc. There was no fan in the shower area, so it added some humidity to the room when you opened the shower to the main room area. We did not hear any noise from the elevator, which was very near our room. In the morning there were some children running through the lobby, but the noise was muffled and easily ignored.

My one disappointment was with the continental breakfast. There were three types of dry cereal, the eggs and sausage were cold and needed to be microwaved prior to eating. The toaster did not always work. It had to be coaxed to releasing the toast.

I would definitely stay here again, just plan to go out for breakfast.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Bedfordtony
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Atlanta, GA
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125 reviews
109 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2006

Definetely not a three star hotel. Very heavy room freshener smell, very worn out bathroom. Pieces missing from the lattice wall panel seperating the living space from the beds. Dresser drawers falling apart, bottom of bathroom door broken and split, and the fold out couch was a mess. The entire matteress support fabric was either unhooked, or broken away from the metal frame. Fortunately only my youngest wanted to sleep on it. Breakfast was fair to good. Waffles were good, two slices of four slice toaster were broken. Not much bang for your buck. Will find another suite hotel the next time we pass through this area again.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank DSGAtlanta_GA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2005

This hotel was rated 3 stars on other web sites. It is definately not 3 stars and even a very low 2 stars. The rooms appeared clean but with an overwhelming smell of room freshner - even after several hours of being away from the room.

The bathtub was fine the first night we stayed but after it was cleaned for our second night stay it was so slippery that I slipped and bruised my leg. Even after telling my daughter it was slippery she also slipped and fell onto her knees.

The free breakfeast has only two slots of a four slot toaster working and the juices (apple and orange) were warm.

The area around the outdoor swimming pool was so rought the kids were complaining about walking on it.

This is not the worst hotel we have stayed in but it is no where near one of the nicer hotels.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Additional Information about The Blu Hotel

Property: The Blu Hotel
Address: 11349 Reed Hartman Hwy, Blue Ash, OH 45241 (Formerly Quality Suites)
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Location: United States > Ohio > Blue Ash
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Blue Ash
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Blu Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the beautiful suburb of Blue Ash which is minutes away from The Kings Island Amusement Park, The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Newport Aquarium and Paul Brown Stadium. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport is 35 miles and University of Cincinnati is 15 miles from this Cincinnati Hotel. Jack's Casino is about 15 minutes from the hotel. ... more   less 
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