I have stayed at this hotel twice, once by myself and last week with my wife. I had some trepidation about staying there a second time as to say the hotel is quirky is an undersatement. But the hotel is so darn convenient and they do have a nice friendly bar, that I couldn't resist. Foolish me.
We were there last week (during the record breaking heat, 100 plus degrees every day), originally booked for 5 nights.
The first night the air conditioning went out in our room. We didn't sleep a wink. The next say, we asked to be moved to another room when they said the A/C compressor was shot in the first room. We packed all of our things and moved to the sevond room. This room's A/C was non functional as well. We asked to be moved again, and we packed again. Being so tired, we decided to take a nap. There was no way to turn off the ceiling fan light! Then THIS a/c unit failed. Enough was enough! We decided to leave the hotel. When we called for the elevator, the elevator got stuck so we had to carry the bags down the three flights of stairs!
The issue is simply this. The two bars are wildly popular particularly on the weekends. Clearly, the place makes ALOT of money off the bars. We think that management has to decide whether they want to a bar or a hotel, as it has problems trying to both. They clearly do not spend the money required on maintenance to keep the hotel in reasonable mechanical shape. BTW, the hotel did not charge us for the stay.
While we are building a house in Aiken and will have the requirement to coming down to Aiken several times while the house is being constructed, we will NEVER stay at Hotel Aiken again!
BTW, we stayed at the Wilcox Inn and loved it! (It is ywice as expensive though so it may not be for everyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Aiken is the perfect place to "play & stay" in downtown Aiken! Originally built in 1898 the main building of the Hotel Aiken has gone through many changes and a series of major and continuous renovations since 2001, with the accent on retaining the historical feel of this landmark building whilst providing all the modern amenities one would expect from a contemporary Hotel, such as free use of hard-wired HSIA in all rooms. We also offer more moderate accommodations in our courtyard building, where the rooms are basic, standard motel rooms. We have three on site bars, which makes Hotel Aiken one of downtown Aiken’s most popular watering holes. We have live entertainment on Wednesday-Saturday nights until 2AM and are open seven days a week. Hotel Aiken is centrally located and considered "party central" almost every day of the week. Please keep this in mind when making your reservations at our hotel. ... more less
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