I stayed here with my sister last weekend while visiting family. I have to agree with the last reviewer that Fresno is getting a little crazy with hotel prices. I shelled out $100 for the unremodeled room, however my shower was not "gross" and my TV worked the whole time. My main interest was that we had a bedroom door that shut as my sis was traveling with her baby and we wanted some big-girl time after the baby went to bed.
Anyway, I searched every hotel in Fresno for a true suite...it seems that "suites" in most chain hotels constitute a couch in a seperate area of the room, but not a seperate bedroom. The San Joaquin was the only hotel I found in Fresno that had the seperate bedroom, other than the Marriot Residence, which was over $200.
Our room had two 1980's TV's (however, they were strangely equipped with Comcast digital cable and lots of channels), one in the bedroom and one in the living room. There was also a microwave and a dorm fridge, which really came in handy with the baby. The furniture was old but clean, and the carpet was really old motel carpet. The bathroom reminded me of my Grandparent's house. There was a seperate stand-up shower, with old fixtures and decent water pressure. There was a nice, big bath tub seperate from the shower. The bathroom was kind of dark and lit by icky florescent lights, but there were nice products and decent towels. The bed was hard, the sheets were average. The bedspread and curtains I swear were stolen from my grandmother's house in 1984, along with the TVs and the clock radio. I actually slept on a rollaway (brought promptly upon request) that was truly the worst bed I have ever slept on. I know it's a rollaway, but this thing had to be from the 1960's. I sank in from both sides and both ends! I was actually shocked that they had the nerve to bring this bed up to the un-updated rooms, let alone the $180 (in Fresno) rooms. Or did the remodeled rooms get remodeled rollaway beds too? I hope so. Seriously, I am sure that the beds at San Quentin Prison are better than that rollaway. I understand that a rollaway is a courtesy, but they should be embarassed to provide that bed to any paying guest. I suggest that the throwing of those beds off the nearest bridge be the hotel's next remodel project.
Despite the aged-ness, I will stay at the San Joaquin again, and depending on my budget, I might even stay in the old rooms --they aren't horrible, they are just really, really outdated. There were quite a few plusses about the San Joaquin-- I loved the little sculpture garden, the pool and the hot tub. The lobby was lovely with its shiny marble floors and the free coffee, tea, and cookies. Having a seperate room in our "suite" was fantastic. Whole Foods Market and Fresno's fanciest mall are blocks away (the hotel is located in the Fig Garden district, the "Old Money" section of Fresno). The front- desk girls were friendly and efficient. Honestly the 1980's room was fine for the money, but next time I'll probably go for the upgrade.
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