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My kind of place -- old Sacto big planks, high ceilings, plenty of kitsch, view of the river, young waiters line dancing to an updated cover of Stayin Alive at noon. We got our old wheelchair mom seated before noon -- the wait did seem long for those who got there with the heavier lunch crowd. Having recently done a daily-catch clambake with a real NEnglander, the food was just good by comparison. But value was in line with other crab and lobster places. I think I saw two customers and two waitresses I wanted to know better. I'm wondering how soon I can go back again. Old Sacto can be hard to find -- bring quarters for parking. We went on a gorgeous day -- I'm sure it's less fun on a hot day. Once inside, in any case, it is pleasant enough.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I love this hotel. For one thing, all the employees seem to give me a lot of respect. I don't think I've experienced this since ... well ... ever. The bad? Parking is full, and spa is nice, so it is often in use. Incidentals can add up if they don't comp you. But the view is pretty good, and price is even better for what you get. I would be happy to pay for the breakfast on the top floor even if it were not comped. I've used dozens of hotels from Mountain View to SF downtown, from 1 to 5 stars, and this is my favorite. THANK YOU!
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Quality: ExcellentFacilities: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
The problem is the other people (Sartre?), not the facility. It's got issues, but I liked the hallway and the front desk help. Room is small for two, for long stays. Parking was better than Hampton Inn, but still tight and often full. Had to kill smoker smell with Febreze, but I didn't have to use it all! We seem to have been skipped for cleaning one or two days. Breakfast was better than it looked, but not as good as some describe. Just one elevator, so take the stairs, which are ok. We saw happy cool old people, girls softball teams, and foreign fishermen with wild kids on three different days. Depending on which group you saw, you'd have a completely different impression. Will I stay here again? Probably not, but I do like saving money and it is fairly priced, well located. If more cool people would stay here, it would be a lot of fun and good value. I pretended I was in a 3-star Brussels hotel and it was ok, especially since the Hamptons next door didn't have any rooms.
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Quality: Poor - FairFacilities: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
So here's the thing -- if you expect too much, you'll be disappointed. If you don't expect too much, you'll be thrilled. I was thrilled. I've had better prices for basic hotels, but this is a lot better than basic. Lots of good: TONS of hot water, scalding if you aren't careful -- what a luxury in this day and age -- think about it; only gave us soap, but it was nicer soap than you deserve at this price; kitchen was cool, though no dish soap (how do I know for sure the utensils are clean?); you get a mug for your coffee!; and the windows opened to let in the breeze. Plus, they are pet friendly for a fee, though with the fee you are starting to be in the price range of better hotels. Great green space to walk the dog. Desk was generally friendly. Room was pretty clean (I brought my own cleaner and didn't need to use it). Lots of bad, too: thin towels, smoky hallyway, cheap toilet flush handle not well screwed in, only wireless (I needed an RJ45 hookup), TV went off at midnight one night. Biggest complaint -- no real breakfast. Oranges were good. Ran out of muffins. McDonald's just down the road, but maybe one of the worst McD's on the planet, and we have gladly sampled a lot of McD's. So that's it. Not really an extended stay price/food nor a suite (we kinda wanted that sofa, not just a big chair). But if you have to pay to stay in Urbana, this is not going to kill you, and you might even look forward to coming back.
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Quality: GoodFacilities: Poor - FairService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Note -- there are two Hampton Inns on 28th... This one had very tight underground parking, but there were enough stalls that one could park away from the elevators and pull forward. Seriously, it's an issue if your rental car is not tiny -- trust me. Rooms were just as you'd expect from Hampton Inn. Good, but not great. Same with breakfast -- Lots of people who look like they have business to get to, but they still don't know how to be particularly polite to each other! My main recollection is this gal Alexandra at the front desk. Great welcome. You'd be surprised how a good first impression just stays with you. I wish I could have stayed here the whole time, but both Hamptons were already booked for the whole weekend. Probably I should have asked anyway, just in case -- it would have been worth extending the stay.
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Quality: ExcellentFacilities: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Well, it's not much to look at because you're supposed to do the take out. And the parking is pretty good for the location. Food was good to great, esp for the price. We had two bentos.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Poor - FairService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
First of all, there is a new manager who is very good and is fixing things quickly. The place is located on some nice quiet bluffs in a very nice neighborhood (near half million dollar houses). The UT students tend to be bookish and often attractive, though they keep to themselves, and there are many expensive cars in the lot. Some of the longer term residents can seem a bit out of place, but there are fewer and fewer as time goes by. The apartments themselves are nothing special, though mine was very cool in the Summer due to shade. My un-renovated tub was an eye sore (but the water was good, and that's saying a lot these days in Texas). Maintenance was responsive, though keeping the hallways clean and free of bugs is a constant challenge. Many of the small things are special here, especially access to the pool late at night. The location is great -- in good weather, walk to the post office and grocery store, CVS, or cafe, sit for the UT bus, or quickly jump on 1 or 360 (please don't hit the deer).
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago