This is my second time staying in the AC area for a spring hockey tournament held at a rink next to the minor league baseball stadium, just outside downtown. The place I stayed at last year was fine, but it was about 8 miles from the rink, which was an inconvenient distance between games.
This year I decided to inch closer down Black Horse Pike, and I was rewarded for it. The Comfort Inn is a mere three miles from the rink, a straight shot down the pike. I admit I was a bit nervous about the experience. The other side of the street is lined with what look like per-hour motels, with such names as "Hi Ho," "Budget Motel," and "Golden Key." The Comfort Inn side of the street has the more respectable--and much better looking from the outside-- hotels, such as the Ramada.
In addition, the special rate I got was so reasonable--$180, including tax, for a Friday and Saturday night stay--I figured there must be something wrong with the hotel. There wasn't. It's pretty new and clean, and the guests were always reasonably quiet and respectful. No raves here, at least that I heard!
My room was surprisingly spacious, and the king size bed was comfortable. I read that a recent reviewer spotted a bedbug, but I am punctilious about avoiding these creatures, and my room was spotless--much cleaner than an NYC luxury hotel I stayed at a couple of nights before. Similarly, the bathroom was spotless, and the shower was very good.
I can't emphasize enough that this hotel, and I imagine lots of them on this street, offer free wifi. I love free wifi. I'm used to staying in hotels that try to nickel and dime you, $15/day here, $30/day there, for use of their wireless network. The dollar savings are not huge, but free wifi sends the right signal to guests, so to speak. And the signal was always strong.
The breakfast buffet won't win any Michelin awards, but at the price I was paying, a couple of day-old donuts would have been fine. The spread included a few cold cereals, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, juices, fruit, waffles, and a few other things. They have two waffle makers where you pour in the batter yourself, which is kind of fun.
Since I was playing a lot of hockey, I took advantage of the washer and dryer. There's one of each, plus a machine where you can buy detergent, bleach, and dryer sheets. The front desk clerk was happy to make change so I had enough quarters for all three.
I didn't get a chance to use the gym; I was too tired anyway. It looked like standard fare for this type of facility--maybe one treadmill, one bike, one combo weight machine, and lots of mirrors to make the room look larger.
Nevertheless, this hotel was a very pleasant surprise. It's about as close as you can get to downtown AC while still getting a good rate, free parking, and a tidy property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfort Inn® & Suites West Atlantic City is your home away from home! Our convenient location is very close to the exciting casinos of Atlantic City, without all of the traffic hassles! Located on Lakes Bay, the Comfort Inn® & Suites hotel is conveniently located near many area attractions and provides access to a private beach. The Atlantic City Boardwalk and many Atlantic City casinos are just four miles away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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