|Guest Room 207|
The hotel had, in fact, been a two-star Phoenix Inn Suites until it was taken over by DoubleTree this summer and completely refreshed inside. All the rooms were redone with new carpet and flooring, paint, furniture and fixtures, and now sport many touches familiar to frequent guests of the chain, including fresh-baked cookies presented upon arrival.
Being new, the rooms are very pleasant indeed. My room Number 207 had a king bed, and a cabinet containing a small fridge, microwave and coffee maker in the sleeping area. A separate area, set apart by a half-wall, contained the workstation with plenty of outlets for recharging our traveling electronics, an end table, and a small sofa and easy chair with separate ottomans.
The new 38-inch flat-screen HDTV could be easily angled to be viewed from either the seating area or the sleeping area.
|Crabtree & Evelyn amenities|
Rooms still use wall-mounted air conditioners controlled by thermostats in the sleeping area. The units appear to be in good repair and are not particularly noisy, as some can be.
Hotel staff members were friendly and accommodating, greeting guests as they passed in the common areas and answering requests for assistance promptly.
A few modest downsides became apparent during my brief stay.
Don’t misunderstand; everyone was helpful and pleasant, even fussing over our German shepherd when we walked through the lobby on our way to the convenient grassy areas for, shall we say, “necessary activities.” However, the property did not provide bowls for food or water, bedding, treats of any kind for their furry guests, nor did they have any clean-up kits like those I’ve been offered at other hotels. Unless and until they add items like those, I would characterize the DoubleTree as a hotel that accommodates pets but falls a bit short when it comes to being “pet friendly.”
|Microwave, fridge and coffee maker|
There is a restaurant on property that serves breakfast. Nibbles are available from the bar when it opens at 4 p.m., as well as from the 24-hour pantry.
Free internet access is included, though access was spotty at best during my stay. The hotel also has a pool, fitness facilities, and meeting rooms.
While the hotel still has some areas that need attention, it is well on its way to becoming the four-star property I believe it can be, and I would stay there again without a moment’s hesitation.
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