We stayed here a couple of nights before a cruise. My husband booked this hotel through Hotwire and got an excellent price. This was our first experience with Hotwire. Now I admit that I am rather picky about hotels, and so we were apprehensive as to how it would turn out. However, we were pleasantly surprised, and everything went very smoothly.
As others mention, the "lobby" is very small space and on the lowest level. All the other services: pool, internet, restaurant, spa, offices, etc. are provided on an upper floor ( I think it was the 7th floor?) There are no in-room safes, so you must take any valuables to the downstairs lobby (front desk) and sign them in and out of the hotel safe.
The arrangement of the shuttle was a little unusual, but was just fine.The shuttles came into the parking area below the hotel and not on the street in front. Best of all was the service provided by a man in the lobby at a little concierge desk. We didn't know at first because he was running around like crazy with a clip-board, but found out he was designated just to look after guests taking the shuttle to the airport and cruiseport. He wrote our names down and organized all the shuttles. He even arranged for a shuttle at the end of our cruise, to meet us at the cruiseport and take us to the airport (not even going to the hotel), which was great and indeed was waiting right there when we came out of the cruise disembarkation area! Kudos for great service to the Shuttle guy.
The hotel is rather by alone in an industrial area, so there isn't much around it in terms of eating or shopping. BUT the hotel itself is just fine and new, with an upscale outdoor area, spa, and pool. There seemed to be a number of groups staying here, which sometimes means noise. But we slept well and it wasn't noisy on our upper non-smoking floor.
We needed to buy a few things before getting on our cruise (including 2 bottles of wine to take on the Princess cruise), so walked over to the Publix in the Harbor Shops shopping center nearby. The information given to us was that people take a taxi to 17th Ave and through the main entrance to reach that shopping centre. Well, that takes much longer and is totally unnecessary, as the walk is perfectly safe along the #1 highway which has sidewalks, and it was easy to cross the road at 20th St., go past the storage facility, and continue straight along 20th which takes you into the back of the shopping centre where the Publix is located!
Hint: The map shows that if you want to go to Harbor Shops, 20th St. appears to be interrupted at SE10th Ave? Well, indeed you can't drive through there, but there is a very nice footpath right through, joining the two parts of 20th St. and well travelled. So the walk took maybe 10 minutes? But we took a cab back with all our parcels, and because he went out to 17th, then had bad traffic and stop-lights to get around onto #1 and so forth, it actually took longer on the return!
Minus: only one - the restaurant in the hotel pretends to be upscale in the evening with tablecloths, specialty wines, etc. but is really just the breakfast room. It is overpriced for what you get; meanwhile the fluorescent lighting, loud music from the adjoining bar AND the large screen TVs going constantly mean it isn't a quiet relaxing place. We ate there for convenience.
Others have advised to go out by taxi for dinner because there are better restaurants elsewhere, and I would agree.
I did however manage to spot a bottle of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau on the shelf! Although neither the waiter or the bartender knew what it was and couldn't bring it to us, we got it eventually - I just had to walk behind, pick up the bottle, and take it to the bartender myself. He had no idea about wine.
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