I chaperoned five high school students from Upstate New York for four nights at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) at the Crowne Plaza Dayton hotel in the beginning of May, 2013. This is an old hotel, but the management makes every effort to make it attractive. One of the most attractive features is that the window for each room spans the entire length of the outside wall, so that viewing pleasure is maximized. The restaurant on the 12th (top) floor apparently has panoramic views in all directions, but I did not check this out. The hotel is connected by a third-level pedestrian bridge to the convention center across the street. Most of my time was spent in the convention center, which had adequate and attractive space.
I had no need to interact with the hotel staff, but several delegates at the Symposium commented at the great helpfulness of the staff. I did note that one of the three elevators failed early Saturday evening, and I was impressed that it was back in operation later in the evening. The food at the hotel and at the convention center (I did not ask if this was under the same management) was entirely adequate. The fact that chicken was served all four nights was probably due to the choices made by the Symposium management, and should not be blamed on the hotel. The Crowne Plaza is certainly head and shoulders above the hotel that was used for our overflow, the Dayton Grand Hotel, because several guests at that hotel reported that the air conditioning was not working.
Dayton is not an attractive city, and I can think of no reason for staying at the Crowne Plaza if one does not have an event at the hotel, convention center, or have business in the city. There are many hotels along the nearby interstates which would be more convenient if I were traveling through the area. My students were the very best (all seniors, they are committed to attending Penn, Brown, Harvard, Yale, and Stanford). I let them go out the first evening as a group. They returned in less than 30 minutes. “We weren’t expecting much, but this is less than what we were expecting.” I accompanied one student to buy wetting drops at the nearby CVS pharmacy before it closed at 5 PM on a week day.
All in all, this was a satisfactory experience. I have no particular wish for our symposium to ever come back to Dayton (even though the nearby Air Force Museum is vast and very interesting), but, if it does, this is the place to stay.
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- Experience the vibrant energy of downtown Dayton when you stay at the luxurious Crowne Plaza. Located adjacent to the Dayton Convention Center and just minutes from the Dayton International Airport and Wright-Patterson AFB, our newly remodeled, full-service hotel offers the perfect combination of chic styling, total comfort and convenience right here in the "Birthplace of Aviation." Whether you're visiting for business or pleasure, you'll enjoy our stylish guestrooms, spacious suites and fabulous service from our welcoming staff. Stay with us and discover your perfect home away from home right here in downtown Dayton. ... more less
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