Monday, May 5, 2008

The Doubletree, Virginia Beach

I usually go on short business trips (only an overnight stay), so I was looking forward to three nights in a hotel, even if this third night was really only a half-night, since I had to get up at 4:00 am to make my flight home. I was so excited to be able to use the clothing storage facilities, instead of leaving things in my suitcase as I usually do.

The Doubletree has seen better days. The hallway was kind of dim. Not in a romantic, trysting, The Royalton way, but more in a "the carpets used to look better" way.

Here's the hall:

Here are the reasons I think they keep the lights dim. The carpet in the elevator looked a little dodgy. You may be able to see the clean/dirty area in this photo. (Notice the corner)

If you can't see the difference, you'll probably spot the red stain in this photo.

I was worried that the stain was from a guest bleeding out on the way to the lobby. The elevator floor numbering lights weren't functioning. You wouldn't know it from this picture, but I was somewhere between 7 and L when I snapped this. (The dark bar should have some red lights in it.)

Once I got to my room, I noticed the clothes-hanging rod was, well, to be charitable, a little "loose" on one end. That's my diplomatic way of saying it was down considerably at the stern, which caused my clothes hangers to slide down and herd together at one end. I didn't get a photo of the rod, unfortunately, but noticed a similarly not-leveled feature of the room: The tissue box:

I'm no fire-fighting expert, but it seems to me that this hose connection is probably supposed to have a hose on it.

At least the door to the non-hose equipped hose connection was easy to open.

As was one of the two elevator phone doors.

The calling device behind the easy-to-open door was white:

I don't know the color of the other phone, because the door was clearly only accessible to professional elevator phone callers.

Here's one incredibly not nice feature of the hotel. The Doubletree Virginia Beach charges $9.95 for wired internet access in your room. That's pretty standard. What isn't, is that your payment expires at 4:00 pm. That means if you need to sign up for internet access, and it's 3:58 pm, you get 2 minutes of internet for $9.95. If you sign up at 4:01 pm, you get 23 hours and 59 minutes for $9.95. I have went to college, and this seems awfully peculiar to me.

A little card in the room lists all the Hilton Hotel variants (the Doubletree being one of them), and refers to them as "The Hilton Family of Hotels". Oh, come on. Do the powers-that-be at Hilton honestly think anyone believes the executives of these variants are a happy family that spends Thanksgiving and Christmas together, looking at old photos and remembering old times? Come to think of it, any company that believes the internet pricing schedule mentioned above is logical, smart, or likely to create happy customers probably thinks we'd believe they're a happy family, too.

A thoroughly blah hotel. Oh, the people were nice - especially the guys at the front desk at 4:15 am, but I can't really recommend staying there for that reason. If towels are a reason for you to select a hotel, you should consider it. It has nice, fluffy towels. In fact, they're much nicer and thicker than the ones at the Hyatt San Francisco.


Anonymous said...

you're so wack.

Anonymous said...

well i guess its obvious that your not gettin any ass in these rooms that must be why ur so anal. and flat out your the definition of DORK!!!!get a porno next time u get that board.i bet you will enjoy your next stay then

Anonymous said...

I think what you have done is a great thing! People come, visit, and stay in a hotel that they expect to be clean and functioning! When it is a hotel that you didn't pay that much for, its expected to not be the best in shape hotel. But staying at a "HILTON" property it is expected to be a higher standard! Thank you for doing what you do and keeping doing it! Its a great way for people to know really what they are paying for, before wasting their time and money.