My husband and two of our friends were going to Tehachapi for a wedding and needed a place to stay for one night. There aren't a lot of options in this area, so we weren't expecting a lot...
The front desk was probably the best part of the whole hotel. The person working was polite, efficient and helpful. We had no problems getting our room key and what-not. He asked if he could help us with anything else. Check-in is officially 3 PM, but he didn't say anything about us being early and sent us up to our room.
However, when we got to the room, the housekeeper was in the hallway and told us it wasn't clean yet. She didn't say much else or offer any type of solution - she actually just started to walk away and we didn't really know what to do... so we ended up leaving our things and headed down to the pool.
It was a hot day so we were excited about the pool... but it was a bit disappointing. It was a small kidney shaped pool with a jacuzzi with jets we couldn't get to work. Surprisingly, although it was the middle of the summer and a hot day - the pool was FREEZING. Of the 4 of us, only one was willing to get completely wet. This may sound like an extremely picky thing... but I'm telling you - that pool was like the arctic!
After about an hour we went back up to the room and it was ready. The room was nice with a fridge and a microwave. The bathroom was large and had a TON of storage space. There were 3 shelves to the right of the sink that were great for toiletries. I really appreciated that! The bed was average. The A/C worked well but was really loud. Everything was clean and in good shape.
We got ready and went to the wedding. When we got back the hallway smelled VERY strongly of cigarette smoke. Even though we were in a non-smoking room, we clearly weren't on a non-smoking floor, so the smell still got in.
We watched some TV (some of the stations were a little fuzzy) and went to bed.
We were excited for the hot breakfast in the morning and when we saw all the options we wanted to try everything. I ended up having to try everything because each thing I tasted was not very good. I kept thinking the next item would taste better, but it didn't. The cinnamon rolls were plasticky, the scrambled eggs were rubbery, the biscuit had a meaty, bacon-y flavor to it, and the hard boiled eggs tasted old. I was very disappointed. My husband said the pancakes were pretty good, but I think he was just excited because they were automatic (you press a button and 2 pop out of the machine in like a minute) Personally I'm not all that excited about food made automatically... so all that being said, there were a lot of options, but none of them were very good. I'm sure the cereal and packaged yogurt tasted fine, but we were excited about the "hot" breakfast aspect and that disappointed me at least. My husband said it was all "fine" but he'll eat almost anything...
Overall, the hotel was ok. Like I said before, there aren't a lot of options in Tehachapi so it's probably the best you're going to get. It's got the brand recognition and standards of a "Holiday Inn Express" so that's working for them.
So yes, I would recommend this hotel despite it's few issues. But I've been to better in this category...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Tehachapi CA, located in the mountains between the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert off Highway 58. Winner of the Quality Excellence Award for 2007 and the best choice for your travel away from the noise of the trains, this peace of the Land of the Four Seasons is close to downtown and the world famous Tehachapi Loop, the National Chaves Center and a short drive away from the Wind Farms, Woodward West Action Sports Camp and our famous Mountain Festival in August. The Holiday Inn Express is also steps away from a Dennys Restaurant and less than a mile from several local restaurants which offer a variety of foods. With its 80 spacious guestrooms that include mini suites the Holiday Inn Express Tehachapi also features free high-speed Internet in every room, complimentary deluxe hot Continental breakfast, business center, small conference room, fitness center, and a heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. ... more less
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