United States Journals

Selected Hotels from a Lifetime of Labor

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A travel journal to United States by BawBaw

Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center Photo, Orlando, Florida More Photos
Quote: This journal is a bit of a catchall for hotels remembered from a lifetime of labor, often for long periods of time away from home. They stretch from coast-to-coast over a period of nearly 20 years.

Holiday Inn Ames Conference Center

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Hotel | "Excellence Remembered"

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The Holiday Inn Conference Center in Ames, Iowa is another of those hotels where I stayed while on long-term assignment during my life as an independent contractor. The booking was arranged by my customer, and I must say that I did not anticipate it with great joy--especially for an assignment that would last over a month. Holiday Inn is rarely my first choice for an accommodation. In this case, however, it was a very pleasant choice, indeed. At the time, nearby Iowa State University worked in conjunction with Holiday Inn to offer practical on-the-training to students in selected business disciplines. The result was a young, highly-motivated, highly-responsive staff--and a staff where ever...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2010

Holiday Inn Ames Conference Center
2609 ELWOOD DRIVE
Ames, Iowa 50010
515-268-8808

Marriott Suites Costa Mesa

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Hotel | "Basic Business Comfort"

Marriott Suites Photo, Costa Mesa, California
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Business travel taking me to Costa Mesa, California, resulted in lodging for a business week at the Costa Mesa Marriott on Anton Boulevard. The location was ideal as it was just over a block up the street from my business destination. The suite itself was comfortable and reasonably large--especially given that I was its only occupant. It consisted of:-- A bedroom on the smallish side, given that it was occupied by a king-sized bed, bedside tables, and a television stand; -- A well-appointed bath, with a half-wall partition between the toilet/bathing area and the vanity; and -- An airy sitting room with a desk (including Internet connections), comfortable...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 28, 2010

Marriott Suites Costa Mesa
500 Anton Blvd
Costa Mesa, California 92626
714-957-1100

Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center

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Hotel | "Great for the Business of Business"

Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center Photo, Orlando, Florida
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I stayed at the Marriott Orlando World Center Resort for four nights in June 2003, when my company chose the hotel for its annual meeting. With 2000 rooms and suites and over 450,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, it was ideal for the purpose. As a large company, we pretty much took over the place. We encountered our colleagues everywhere--in the 10 onsite restaurants and lounges, in the vast pool complex that seemed set on forcing concrete to resemble a tropical lagoon, in the various boutiques on the ground level, and of course in the meeting rooms, auditorium, and ballrooms.The Orlando World Center was built as a convention complex, and it is large and rambling. It consists of several connec...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2010

Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center
8701 WORLD CENTER DRIVE
Orlando, Florida 32821
407-239-4200

Residence Inn by Marriott Santa Fe

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Hotel | "Bureaucratic Woes in Santa Fe"

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Several years ago, I stayed for 6 weeks in the Residence Inn by Marriott in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I was part of a large team of professionals assembled from across the country. Our assignment would require long hours, with scant downtime. Such a long-term assignment required more than a room in a hotel. It required access to cooking facilities, a space with elbow room—a place that could truly be a home away from home. The Residence Inn was chosen for us by our customer, and in most respects it proved an excellent choice. My room had two queen beds, a fireplace, a sitting area with sofa bed, and a large en suite. The kitchen had a large fridge, cook stove, microwave, dishwasher, and everyth...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 28, 2010

Residence Inn by Marriott Santa Fe
1698 Galisteo St.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
(505) 988-7300

Crown Plaza Rockville

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Hotel | "Port in a Business Storm"

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I stayed in this hotel only one night under conditions of serious need. I was on assignment to a client in the Rockville area, and our project had encountered unexpected delays. My usual roundtrip commute to my home in the hinterlands would leave scant time for sleep--and I needed some sleep. My solution was to disturb my boss at home in the evening, tell him the situation, and ask permission to stay overnight in a hotel so I could work later and get back on the job earlier. About my only alternatives were to miss a deadline or sleep in my car. Reluctantly, the boss agreed to my request.When I passed this information on to my clients, who were also working late, they recommended the Crown ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2010

Crown Plaza Rockville
3 Research Court
Rockville 20850
(301) 840-0200

Hyatt Regency Reston

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Hotel | "A Workaholic's Refuge"

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Before I retired, there were times when deadlines, business meetings, or inclement weather conditions meant that getting home at night was a either difficult or dangerous. One of the hotels my company authorized for such emergencies was the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia. It was handy to the office, and I believe the company had worked out an arrangement for special rates. The Hyatt in Reston is an upscale business hotel with all the perks. It has an indoor pool, on-premises restaurants and lounges, a fancy and impressive lobby, a cutting-edge fitness center—even a ‘Roman spa’. For all its studied grandeur, however, what my colleagues and I really wanted was a comfortable bed, a hot sho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2010

Hyatt Regency Reston
1800 PRESIDENTS STREET
Reston, Virginia 20190
703-709-1234