To start with--great location. That can't be overlooked. Nice room too, fairly spacious. I paid I think $5 extra for an "Executive King" rather than a regular King, and it was a nice room. Parking in a garage under the hotel for $7 a night. They were up-front about charging for parking, but it wasn't easy finding out how much. I didn't think $7 was unreasonable.
I requested a quiet room, by which I really mean "Please don't put me right next to the ice machine and the soda vending machine or the elevator". They read the request and put me in the back, not the front. I'm sure there's more traffic noise in the front, but I'm not sure it's so much it's bothersome.
They just happened to push some of my buttons.
I hate having my hotel room look like the cash register counter in a convenience store. It really irks me to have a basket of juices and snacks on one of the tables that are for sale. If you want to give me something and it''s included in the room rate, great. If you want to sell me something, put it in the lobby.
Also, I checked in after 10 pm and it had been a warm and humid day. The air conditioner was not on, and the room was definitely stuffy. I turned it on and went out to find some food. By the time I returned, it was pleasant enough. But I was glad I wasn't planning on going right to bed. I know they don't want to waste electricity, but if a room has been closed up all day and whomever is checking in is checking in late, I think turning on the air conditioner at 6 pm or so would be most appropriate.
In fairness to the owners of the hotel, maybe saving a little money on electricity and earning a little more on an add-on sale makes the difference between profitability and breaking even. I just felt that if they were just a little less cheap, what is already a very nice hotel would become a pleasure to stay at.
So I'd call it a near-miss for an excellent hotel, but there's still a lot to like about this place. Did I mention the location?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 150 room full service hotel in the heart of downtown State College, PA. One block from Penn State University. Comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, restaurant, bar, room service, excellent location. ... more less
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