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February 28, 2006
From journal Experience with Edison Walthall Hotel in Jackson
March 3, 2003
The lobby of the hotel was especially inviting after many hours of travel on a dark road. The green marble tile, the dark wood paneling, the high ceilings, the richly furnished reading area, all lent an air of luxury to the hotel which was built in 1928. The staff greeted me with a smile and a coupon for a complimentary cocktail in the bar. The Edison has a full service restaurant on site.
A drink looked inviting, however, I had a sleeping dog and child in my car. I had partially chosen the Edison Walthall on this trip because pets are accepted guests, and we had the family terrier in tow. While I was told they only have a four-legged visitor once or twice a month at most, it was wonderful to be able to stay in decent lodgings without worrying about the dog.
Our room was on the seventh floor. It was small with rose-colored carpets and bedspreads. Swinging white doors revealed a separate vanity area with a tiny bathroom to the side. Two of the wooden chairs near the beds were chipped and looked a little worn. Even so, everything was exceptionally clean, and the room was quite comfortable. The pillows on the bed were the sink-into-your-dreams-kind-of-soft, and we were quickly snoozing.
In the morning, ordering room service was a wonderful luxury. My son and I dined on eggs, bacon, fresh fruit and coffee in the comfort of our room. The most pleasing thing for me was the bill, which was actually reasonable! While we did not dine there for lunch, we noticed upon check out that the restaurant downstairs was quite full of patrons---always a good testament to the quality of the food!
Basic amenities: Pool and fitness center, high-speed Internet connections, restaurant and bar with occasional live entertainment. Barber shop on the first floor. Cable TV. Suites available.
Drawbacks: Rooms are on the small side. A little wear and tear evident. No coffee pot.
Big Pluses: Great location near the interstate. Historic and cultural attractions within walking distance.
Special Note: MAKE RESERVATIONS IF YOU PLAN TO STAY HERE. The Edison Walthall is very popular with business travelers, and it was overbooked when we stayed there on a Monday night in February, 2003.
From journal Uncovering the Jewels in Jackson