I stayed at the Doubletree while I was in Atlanta for a craft show. It was located in Stone Mountain, so we chose this hotel based on its affordability and proximity to where we needed to be.
The staff was very nice, so no complaints there. The warm cookies were a nice touch. The lobby was recently updated and very mod. The elevators however were old as sin. They jerked around a lot and one was malfunctioning. Not cool.
I thought the hallway to leading to the room was very shabby. It was very dim. Someone had left out their room service tray; the smell of the left over food permeated the hallway. The tray was still there the next morning.
Our room was tiny--only one double. The room was awkwardly shaped and at the end of the hall; the bed was up against the bathroom wall, facing the windows. Even my mom commented on it and she's not picky. I got the distinct feeling that we were shafted because we got the room via Priceline. I've never felt that way with the dozens of Priceline hotels we've won in the past.
The walls were pretty thin. We could hear the door for the room located across from us slamming--it sounded like it was in the room. Fortunately, we were at the end of the hall so we didn't hear much after hours. The internet worked fine for low-key e-mailing, etc.
Check-out was super easy and the attendant greeted us with genuinely happy personality. That was a real plus.
We didn't use any of the other amenities. We checked for soft drinks but the machines (and the "pantry" downstairs charged $2 for a 20oz bottle). I actually went out and down the road to the gas station to get something because the prices were high and the selections slim. I was a bit put off by the neighborhood, which is no fault of the hotel. The location was right off of I-85 and was sort of seedy as a result. The gas station on the corner had an all night liquor store attached to it and the clientele looked rough. In fact, I passed the place up and went on up the road to another gas station (that wasn't much better). The area was busy and seemed to attract a "clubbing" crowd (and not the good kind). The hotel sat off the road, down a short street that led to a business park, so that area was safe. I didn't feel threatened going to and from the car.
The hotel was very busy the night we checked in. I sensed that some sort of large family reunion was going on. It seemed like there were a lot of people coming and going who may not have been staying in the hotel, which made me a bit nervous.
A few folks in the public spaces (including the bar) were not attired in the same manner that I would have been if I was hanging out in a hotel lobby, especially of one that is perceived as being more than your typical 2-star hotel. Traipsing through the lobby in your PJs/sloppy sweats just seems to be a bit much, if you ask me. Maybe down the hallway to the vending machines, but otherwise...no. It's not something I've encountered before.
From the signage, it appears that Hilton is trying to spruce up the Doubletree hotels, but they have a long way to go, especially with this hotel. I wouldn't not stay here again, but I would look at other options before I committed to it. I would most definitely not pay full price.
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