Quogue, New York
April 19, 2006
The living room/dining room combo had a table seating four, a pullout sofa, and a gas fireplace. High-speed Internet access is complimentary, but the connection was behind the sofa, making it awkward to use. The computer had to be set on the lamp table instead of on a desk. The TV stand had drawers for extra storage. The queen room was very inviting, a white duvet covering a down-like comforter and a choice of down or fluffy polyfiber pillows making for a good night's rest. A second TV and phone line were very convenient. The tiled bathroom had access from both the bedroom and living room. Plenty of fluffy towels, storage under the sink, a powerful hair dryer, great water pressure, and good lighting make it a pleasure to use.
As with all Residence Inns, the lobby is nondescript, but the staff is very friendly and bilingual. Adjacent to the lobby is a large room with sofas, a TV, and a fireplace. Part of this room is set up as a buffet service area for a complimentary breakfast served daily from 7am to 10am. Scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, sausage patties, and either pancakes or baked beans are the hot offerings. Make-your-own waffles; a toaster for bread, bagels, or English muffins; hot and cold cereals; fresh fruit; donuts; muffins; and juices will have you making a few trips for refills before your day of skiing. There is plenty of seating in a glass room overlooking the courtyard. It's entertaining to watch the "Cabriolet," and open gondola, taking people from the parking lots to the base of the mountain.
From 4 to 5pm, in this same room, a "snack" is served. Although the website calls it a "hospitality hour," each Residence Inn has their own version, and I've never found one to have alcoholic drinks, as they don't usually have a liquor license. We had chicken soup with French bread, chili on another afternoon, and broccoli soup with cheese. Fresh fruit and coffee are available all day.
The hotel has indoor parking (free) and ski lockers with locks that you can take to the mountain, and the hotel is ski in, ski out. It's definitely a treat to stay in the village, with all the ambiance, restaurants, bars, and shops within a few steps. I can't wait to return. The hotel's website will give you lots more info.
From journal Winter 2005 & 2006 at Tremblant