I did taping first then we headed out to the South Sports Complex.
- Dinner at Navy Yard’s great.
- Mets vs Phillies
- their sports complex is great, comes to live in the night time.
- Airport hotel Double Tree is better than Renaissance Philadelphia Airport. The following day, sun came out after we got to DC.
- George Washington Memorial Parkway is tranquil
- EU Open house Sweden, Sequoia; Second State
- hotel Hilton on M Street
- moving out
- Canal Road NW
- Susquehanna State Park
- Havre de Grace
- Atlantic ocean @ Brooklyn’s Verrazano Bridge
The first review was rejected by trip advisor, perhaps I used the quote. So here it is again:
As soon as I walked into the lobby at 8:15am on Wednesday 3/11, Ms. Blinking was at her desk. I asked if I could check in.
“We don’t have room,” she replied immediately, and said that I could check again at around 12 noon. And that I could leave my luggage with her.
I wasn’t expecting to be checked in that early so I didn’t have my overnight bag with me.
Because of what happened last December when I stayed there – I was a little mindful. After I retrieved my iPad from my car, returned to the lobby three minutes later, a young man gave me a big smile, “What can I do for you?”
Out of curiosity, I said, “may I check in?”
Without consulting his computer, he said, “of course.” And proceeded to check me in.
I asked him how could he be so sure that he has a room that early? He explained that he consulted the overnight report when he got to work and has a good idea on inventory.
It made me feeling %$#@&*.
Race thing again.
I had three buffet meals at the hotel. Got home Thursday night. Waking up feeling weak on Friday. I went to the pool, hoping to swim it off. But I almost fainted. I went to bed at 7pm that night. Saturday morning, a fellow attendee at the meeting posted on Facebook that she was sick during the meeting. Within 20 minutes, at lease ten attendees responded, reporting various degree of sickness. I would not considered myself violently ill but two attendees claimed so on FB.
On Friday I also called to see if the housekeeping has turned in my bath gloves which I left on the small rack over the tub. The lost/found unit said no.
Yahoooo, I drove to Philly myself, without getting lost. Talking about challenge. Going through the city under a heavy downpour. It’s been raining like cat and dog for the past few days in New York. The sky looked brighter once in New Jersey.
Renaissance @ Philadelphia airport is an above average airport hotel. The lobby is welcoming and warm. Hotel’s reply on TripAdvisor
The service is pretty good. The shower pressure is decent. Their toiletries are Aveda (sorry, no La Mer), includes mouth rinse and Q-tips. The Concierge Lounge on the top floor, 12th however, serves alcohols but not free, odd. One look at the wine on the table, don’t know how long have they been opened, not very appetizing. The rest of stuffs, coffee, tea, fruits and hors d’oeuvre are free.
The swimming pool is small (stating a fact, not a complain … although I do wish it’d longer .. never hurt to dream. Over the years, I did stay at some hotels that have excellent lap pools.)
Talking about pool. I called the hotel prior to arrival and was told it opens 9-9. At check in, I casually mentioned that 9am is too late because most people would have started their day by then. Patrick the front desk gentleman said that there are rooms surnamed the pool and the guests would not like to hear the kids screaming, that early. He then went on to say, “we’d open it for you.”
I took it seriously and went to swim (more of walk. The pool is a bathtub size!) at 7:30 on Thursday. There was another woman – which means they do it for others. The lock at the pool doesn’t work well – I’ve never opened it on my own. On the pool desk, the hotel uses left hand area for dirty dishes – are they out of their mind? Or maybe no one uses the pool.
Anyway, Friday (12/12) morning I went down to ‘walk’. Couldn’t open the door as usual and first asked a man who stood by the front desk. He told me to ask someone else. I went back to the pool and there was one in sight. I went to the front desk again, asking the short Asian woman who squirmed her eyes excessively, please to open the door. Her reply?
“Oh, we open 10-10.” Ms. Blinking told me.
“Really? Why was I told it’s 9 to 9?”
“No, it’s 10 to 10.” Ms. Blinking insisted.
“May I speak with your supervisor?” I allotted 20 minutes and really didn’t have time to waste.
“My supervisor isn’t available.”
Am I the only one who feels the same race often trying to inconvenient each other?
“You open the door now.” I ordered. A white woman who was there from the start stepped in and asked what’s the problem. Problem? Open the door. They did open it but I didn’t have much time to enjoy it.
Gosh, sometimes I wish people could just be bit more accommodating. A relative pleasant stay was ruined by one incident by a race of my own.
Btw, what time does the pool open? My room key failed to work the entire Friday since 7am, although I was granted the late 2pm check out the day before. Sucks.