October 16, 2001
The hotel has two wings and our accommodations were in the front tower. The room was quite large with windows on two sides, one looking toward the train depot at a distance where we''d board the McKinley Explorer the next morning and the other overlooking the street and unfortunately directly into our neighbors across the way, hint - close drapes before changing. I really appreciated windows that we could open to let in fresh air.
The bath was equipped with a hair dryer and sample bath supplies which were very welcome because as of this point on we were only allowed to take one small bag apiece for the rest of the trip. The in-room coffee maker is always a pleasure to see for those of us who need a cup before resuming being social creatures.
Although it was ultimately a basic hotel room the bed was very comfortable with lots of pillows. And unlike so many hotels the soundproofing must have been very good - we had a great night''s sleep before our 4 a.m. wake up call.
Otherwise think of the usual hotel, shop downstairs for necessities, a gift shop, a restaurant.
All in all lots of pluses, location within walking distance without taxis, comfortable accommodations, little extras to make the stay more comfortable.
The only negative was I called down to the desk and asked to be credited on my Hilton card (always accumulating those frequent flyer miles) and was denied because we were on a tour. But the next day one of our tour mates told me she went down to the desk and presented her card and was credited. Not a major issue.
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