Hotels Of Varying WonderfulnessWednesday, January 02, 2013
In the last four or five months, we've stayed in a few different hotels of varying wonderfulness, and rather than do each in its own post like I used to when we were Hilton Diamond and stayed away from home almost every weekend, I'm consolidating them:
Houston Marriott Westchase -- had these very interesting lights in the ceiling of the lobby that you could see on approach to the hotel:
Country Inn and Suites, Covington Louisiana -- please pardon the messy blurry pic here -- this was our first stay at a CIS and it was okay, about like your average Hampton:
Holiday Inn, Metairie (for whatever reason, forgot to take pics (here's someone else's image of it), but it's the standard HI anywhere). When Av has a lot of work in Metairie, we stay here generally. When we're staying for a while and doing more Uptown or in the Quarter, we stay at the Westin, below.
Westin Canal Place, New Orleans, where we last stayed for a couple of weeks during the summer -- I also didn't take pics of the room (which was nice, here's one of their stock images of it) but I did take some pics from the window...it's your typical Westin, which is very nice.
This is the bend in the Mississippi River right at the Quarter -- that's Algiers across the river:
Here the rain was rolling in, and you can see a bit more of the Quarter and beyond:
We stayed at the Hyatt Place in Memphis again in late August:
Also in August, we stayed at an awful Holiday Inn in Hattiesburg. For whatever reason I saw 'Holiday Inn' and thought 'okay' figuring it was just one night, and did not research a lot on visitor comments but should have! There were iron (as in iron / ironing board) stains on both chairs. The carpet was questionable. The condition of the furniture was not great. We checked in late and were ready to check out early. While the lobby looks good here, the rooms are not good.
We just got back from about ten days of vacation, all over. The majority of our time was in New Orleans and Pensacola.
We spent one night at the Isle Casino Hotel in Biloxi. Many of the casino hotels are very nice and are soooo inexpensive during the week (not so on weekends). While we didn't expect much of the Isle (it's being turned into a Golden Nugget) I knew that we would be getting in late and leaving early so we weren't necessarily looking for something resort-class. Our non-smoking room was fine; could not *believe* how smoky the lobby area was, though. Cough!
We spent a few days at the Emerald Isle Condos (that we reserved here) in Pensacola:
We had fun, fun, fun, it was wonderful and I love playing house! And we all love playing in the sand!
One night in Tallahassee we stayed for the first time at a Springhill Suites, which is in the Marriott brand. We thought it was fun!
The last night of our stay was at a really great historic hotel, and I'll save that for another post. Can't wait to show that one!