on November 29, 2009
This beauty is located off busy I-79 exit 155. You have to do a u-turn up a hill in a poorly lit area to actually find Saratoga Avenue. Once we got up the hill, I drove past the business office since it was mostly in the dark.. There is only dim lighting anywhere in this area. The hotel is undergoing renovations. There are bathtub boxes and marble counter tops sitting in the parking lot. When we came in around 7pm, there was perhaps 5 customer cars in the entire lot. When I came out at 8:30am, my car was one of just 2 or 3 that I observed in the lot. The room I had was touted as one of the ones with a better view. The room was located at the back of building "C". There was a small strip of overgrown vegetation and trees separating us from the expressway we came in on. When I got to the room, the key-card would not work. I walked back up the hill in what can be best described as lighting levels like you would expect from the gaslight era. The lighting was one streetlight at the far end of the building and each room had a very dim yellowed plastic entrance light. The light appeared to be 25 watts maximum. I genuinely felt at risk walking back to the office for that malfunctioning key. The overall lighting in the parking lot I felt was inadequate.The attendant was on the phone for better than 5 minutes after I walked in. She reprogrammed the card and I went back to my room. The room had 3 lights in the entire room keeping with the ambience of the facility. I had to sacrifice one light in order to plug in my laptop. I did have wireless internet. I ordered food out since getting back down the hill in the dark was not something I wanted to do after driving past the hotel business office. The bed was good and that’s about the best I have to say about it. We got the room using a discount coupon from one of those roadside travel magazines. The room was 69 dollars. My advise is to spend it somewhere else. The next morning my traveling companion had an upset stomach. I called the front desk to see about getting a one hour extension on checkout time; stretching it to 12 o’clock. The attendant said that they were expecting a huge group the next night and that we had to be out so they could clean the rooms. She offered us to pay extra for the extra hour. When I asked how much, she never responded. Instead she suggested that we still had an hour and half to get out and that was as much help as she could extend. I guess since we had a coupon, the hotel feels like we already got our deal. This has happened to me with various other hotels in the past.
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