ist question: where is the in rom coffee pot? there isnt one.(this is most unusual for a choice property IMO). the good: I was able to reserve a room during oregin country fair for under a hundred on choicehotels.com..I got there a but early, but the on duty clerk let me store my luggage while i went to lunch at steelhead and bought my OCF ticket at the hult center-(all within a midling walk-over by the amtrak station)-the hotel itslef is within a reasonable distance of amtrak,, the main citibus transfer point, and (ugh) greyhound-(that last one makes the neighbor hood 'ahem' colorful-in other words, even tho the area is not unsafe per se, it behooves one to lock the car up properly in the general area.-my room was HUGE-it even had a little wet bar-there were 5, count them, 5 pillows on the bed-which was also HUGE.the continental breakfast needs work-no sweets, just 'nutritious' stuff-one juice tap doesnrt work, apparently.& the coffee could stnad more oomph(basically the hotel breakfast succeeded in carls jr selling me a burrito).the lobby courtesy PC is at no additional charge. there is cable,(satellite?), with quite a few channels-but only one movie channel-something called 'movieplex'-which seems to specialise in early 90s fare-jaws 3, etc)no PPV available. my mastercard was not billed one penny over the price qouted me by choice, however, there is a sign on the lobby desk stating that cash customers will be asked for a $200.oo deposit-this is NOT noted in the confirmation email sent by choice.-I prefer to pay cash, but I was not in the mood to fight about it on my day of stay.(rob doesnt like to leave 'deposits'(esepecially ones in excess of 200% of the rooms value), because he knows how difficult the can be to retrieve)-now, HERES the blip: at check in-i requested a choice platinum late checkout of noon-the clerk said he noted it for am staff..-my phone was ringing at 11:18.at 12:07, my door was being banged on.-I was just getting it together, and trying to watch ONE bugs bunny cartoon, (the one with the penguin & humphrey bogart, that i've NEVER seen all the way thru), but alas it was not to be.--I sort of figured the whole POINT of having elite membership was to get a few minutes felxibility at check in-checkout (at least thats what the chain website likes to imply).--I wouldnt NOT stay here again, -as its good overall-but those two minor things should be addressed, IMO.-there is no pool, but there is a treadmill room, and the laundry mat, and the vending machines all cost a dollar each.-pop machine has drpepper available-but so does mickeyy ds next door for same price
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