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“Good option for waterpark stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Solstice
Ranked #29 of 38 Hotels in Erie
Pittsburgh, PA
Level Contributor
116 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“Good option for waterpark stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

Stayed at this property on a "spur of the moment" trip to Splash Lagoon. Since it was MLK Day weekend, all the hotels attached to the waterpark were sold out. We have never been there before, so I mapped out where Country Inn and Suites was compared to the waterpark and it appeared close, so I booked it and got in the car to drive up.

The hotel is right down the street from Splash Lagoon - if weather had been nicer, we probably could've walked to the waterpark. Parking lot was large and I had no problems finding a spot. Lobby is nicely decorated and check-in was uneventful. We were asked if we wanted first or second floor room - selected second and took the staircase up to our room.

Had a two queen non-smoking. Room was clean and bathroom was find. Flat screen tv on a swivel made it easy to see from either bed or the desk. A mini-fridge and microwave were also present and made it nice since I was traveling by myself with two kids. Front desk called about 15 minutes after we got into the room to ensure that everything was ok - nice touch.

Pool and hottub were just ok. I've already mentioned this on a post-stay survey sent by the property manager and got a reply that they will work to address the suggestions. The lighting was dim and there's not enough seating. Towel quality is sub-par (thin and small) and the motor on the hottub was not sufficient for the size. These are all pretty picky items - but when you're traveling with kids, having a pool area is an important amenity.

Breakfast assortment was good. They also have cookies, fruit, and a coffee station available all day. For the price and location, this place is definitely a no-brainer vs. paying twice as much for a hotel attached to the waterpark.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

The hotel is older than most Country Inn & Suites that I've stayed at, and shows more wear-and-tear. But the worst part was their 72-hour cancellation policy. All other Country Inn's that I've stayed at allowed you to cancel up to either 4 PM or 6 PM of the arrival day. A blizzard was predicted and I wanted to change my route (and therefore my hotel), but had to make the choice of losing my money or or driving in bad weather. They did say that I could change the reservation to another day without losing money, but couldn't cancel after changing it. Beware!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Timothy H, General Manager at Solstice, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to complete this review. I aplogize for the issues you experienced during your stay here. We take these very seriously here, and we will use this as a training tool for the front desk staff to avoid any future occurences from happening again.
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Room Tip: Ask for the second floor, the lights are a little bright in the parking lot for groundfloor rooms.
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Close to Shopping Mall, Restaurants, Close to Highway, only 45 minutes drive to Grove City Outlet Mall, Rooms were clean, good size, beds comfortable. Staff was very helpful. Continental Breakfast was great although the room was small. Please note Comfort Inn is across the road so this could cause some confusion when booking a hotel. Also this Country Inn appears to be better value for your dollar then the the Comfort Inn. We were able to save approx. $20.00 per night for the same room plus we were able to upgrade for a suite / King bed for no extra charge. Please note it appeared there was a lot of vacancies at mid-week(Dec.) at any hotel / motel in this area. So you have lots of choices to find a Good / Great place for great value. and the Country Inn was a good choice for us and we were able to get a better price then Expedia and Hotel.com.

Room Tip: When booking on a week-end and you want a quiet stay, ask front desk if any sports teams have booked...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Albany, New York
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29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

Stayed here for a night while passing through Erie. Check in was fast and the clerk was friendly.
The hotel could use a little cosmetic TLC, the hallway and room carpets are worn and dirty. The room its self could have used some updating and was not filthy, but not overly clean either. The bathroom was well stocked and fairly clean however the wallpaper was peeling and the popcorn ceiling was crumbling from a leak. The beds and pillows were comfortable and we did have a good nights sleep. The free breakfast was fresh and hot and the attendant was nice and helpful asking if there was anthing we needed.. Next time in Erie we will most likely spend a few more bucks and try another hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank New-York-st8ofmind
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Oshawa, Canada
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

My friend and I went to Erie shopping and we stayed at the Country Inn. Great location, close to everything, good size rooms, clean, beds were comfortable, breakfast was great. We stayed on a Wed and Thurs night. There wasn't that many people for breakfast the first morning but Fri morning was very busy so finding a seat for breakfast was difficult. The only complaint i would have would be the free internet wasn't the best so if you don't bring laptop or ipad with you then its something you wouldn't even care about. We didn't use the pool but it looked nice. We went to use the exercise room but it was being painted. Make sure you use your CAA/AAA to get a discount. I will be going back again :)
And go to the Golden Corral for dinner :)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pittsburgh
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

Nothing in this hotel makes you want to come back. Nothing was terrible but nothing was nice. The breakfast area was cramped and even the free cookies were not up to Country Inn standards.

The staff stood outside and smoked most of the night. I know this because they woke me up several times. When I complained in the morning the desk clerk just shrugged.

I like Country Inn but not this one.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Newguy11
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Timothy H, General Manager at Solstice, responded to this review, October 28, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to complete this review. I am sorry for the inconveniences you experienced during your stay. I will use these comments to review with the staff everyday to make sure a similar situation does not occur again.
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Additional Information about Solstice

Property: Solstice
Address: 8040 Oliver Rd, Erie, PA 16509-4620 (Formerly Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Erie South)
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Erie
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 38 Hotels in Erie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Solstice 2.5*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Solstice features an indoor pool and a fitness center. High-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary. A complimentary breakfast is offered each morning. This family-friendly hotel also offers complimentary newspapers in the lobby, a fireplace in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Onsite self parking is complimentary. Solstice is a smoke-free property. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Country Inn And Suites By Carlson Erie South
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Erie South Hotel Erie
Country Inn Erie South
Erie Country Inn
Country Inn Suite Erie

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