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Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

We chose this hotel for the price and downtown location. Our 4th floor room was clean and quiet. It was one of the remodeled rooms. If you want luxury, you will need to pay for a more expensive hotel. The room was satisfactory for the price. Free parking underground was a plus.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
Thank wicketwarrick
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Erica R, Director of Sales at The Avalon Hotel and Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

Thank you for your feedback. Our goal is to provide all of our guests with a comfortable night stay at an affordable price. We hope you enjoyed downtown Erie and got the chance to see all of the sights. We have a wonderful array of entertainment during the summer. We hope to see you again in the near future

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Reviewed 3 August 2014

I have never stayed in a more dingy, dirty, deplorable hotel in my life. The website is very deceiving and the room we stayed in was fully equipped with dirty bedspread, lampshades, stained carpets, rotting windows, broken heat vents and a large gap under the door. We will never recommend this hotel or ever stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Anne L
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Erica R, Director of Sales at The Avalon Hotel and Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

Dear Anne,

We sincerely apologize for you unpleasant stay and are currently looking into future renovations of our deluxe rooms. Our deluxe rooms have not been renovated and we are able to offer these guest rooms at a very valued rate. I will personally speak with our housekeeping staff in order to reconcile the cleanliness issues that need addressed. I want to thank you for your feedback as we will use this as a tool to better serve our guests in the future.

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Reviewed 3 August 2014

The hotel lobby was the only thing about this hotel that was at all acceptable. We had a "deluxe" room, and found the following problems:
Both beds sagged terribly (I have never seen worse beds)
There were crumbs under the mattresses (we were looking for bedbugs)
The lamps didn't work; the one by the beds was missing a bulb and had a cut cord
The wall outlet was loose
The bathroom door handle was so loose it wouldn't latch properly
The walls were peeling in the bathroom
The shower drain was plugged
The HVAC didn't work; A/C off or on, but no temperature control
There were only two sets of cups in a room for four people

We were told that the "deluxe" rooms hadn't been renovated yet; if we wanted a nicer room, we should have booked a "superior" room. Perhaps they will all be okay when the renovation's done, but the "deluxe" was completely unacceptable. Most of the problems had nothing to do with renovation, it was very poorly maintained. And we're not that picky... we had just come in from a camping trip.

The staff was mostly nice, though our checkout person was rather cold when we mentioned our displeasure. Parking is understandably tight being in the city; underground, and free, though their ticket system was broken. The continental breakfast couldn't keep up with the crowd.

The Avalon seemed to reflect the surrounding area of Erie: a fancy entrance (the pier at Erie is nice) but run-down and disappointing past that (we didn't feel safe stopping at a corner store on the walk back from the pier). We can't recommend either.

Room Tip: If you must stay here, insist on a renovated room!
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Bill H
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Erica R, Director of Sales at The Avalon Hotel and Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2014

Thank your for expressing your thoughts and we hope to complete the renovation process in the near future. We try to accommodate all of our guests with Superior rooms first and use the deluxe as a last resort. Our maintenance department is working hard to resolve the general areas that need assistance. We hope you will stay with us again in the future when all renovations are completed

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Reviewed 30 July 2014

We stayed here for a quick night in June. We got a room on the 1st floor near the lobby since the hotel was sold out and we arrived very late. Lobby smelled like sewage, fountain had a dead bird on the bottom basin, the only pro was the bed which was very comfortable but the smell in the room got to me right away. The staff was TERRIBLE and treated me like dirt. I will never stay here EVER again!

Room Tip: Don't Stay Here!
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank BrandonMarkowitz
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Erica R, Director of Sales at The Avalon Hotel and Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2014

Thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts. We were unaware of a smell in our lobby and a bird in our fountain! I'm not quite sure how a bird would have gotten inside the building, but we will surely look into this incident to ensure that it will not occur in the future. I'm saddened to hear that our staff did not provide you with customer service that is expected. We will look into further training our staff on their etiquette. Once again thank you for sharing your comments and I hope you will give the Avalon a second try the next time you stay in Erie.

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Stayed at the hotel several times over the past 15-20 years, and although those staying at this hotel receive a complimentary rate, if a relative is in Hamot Med. Ctr., the accommodations could have been improved over time. There's no excuse for years of dingy hallways, a dank & dark parking garage (with standing water in the handicapped area, and security gates that don't work), dimly lit elevators with ceiling grates that are missing, and no ventilation fans in the bathrooms. Really? None of this has improved over the last decade or two? C'mon, Avalon! Your staff is great, your rates are great, but invest in the building for a change!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled on business
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Thank NellaC33
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Erica R, Director of Sales at The Avalon Hotel and Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2014

Dear Nella,

Your comments are very much appreciated. We have heard that our parking garage is dimly lit and have placed new lighting in the garage. I hope that you have stayed in our renovated rooms as we have renovated all of the guest hallways with carpeting, chair rails and wallpaper. We will be continuing renovations in the future but the process is not yet complete. We are delighted to hear that you enjoy our staff and hope that they made your stay more enjoyable!

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