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The Avalon Hotel and Conference Center
Ranked #35 of 38 Hotels in Erie
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews
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“Made some welcome changes”
Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

We have visited Erie for eight years in a row during Celebrate Erie and have stayed at the Avalon each time. In the past you could say it needed some TLC, but it was always a pleasent stay with friendly staff. In the last couple years they have done much needed renovations and the place looks fabulous! Located in the heart of downtown, within walking distance of great bars and resturaunts. Only a mile or so from the Erie Zoo! I will continue to stay here every year!

  • Stayed August 2014
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Erica R, Director of Sales at The Avalon Hotel and Conference Center, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Thank you for you positive feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the Avalon in Erie PA and experienced some of the sites around the city. The Erie Zoo is a great place to take the family, especially during the summer! Please feel free to stay with us again in the near futurre
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

My wife mom had a massive heart attack and was taken to Hamot Hospital in Erie. We called the Avalon to get a room because the hotel was close to the hospital.
Kathy Kruger managed our reservation from our original phone call to checking us in to taking care of all of our requests during our stay.
She made what is a very stressful situation that much easier because of her outstanding customer service.

Thank you very much Kathy!

Sincerely
Rob Parrette
Connecticut

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Erica R, Director of Sales at The Avalon Hotel and Conference Center, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Thank you for your kind words Rob! I am glad that Kathy provided you with superior customer service. We understand the stress that comes when a family member becomes ill and we are glad to help ease the situation in any way that we can. We send you prayers and well wishes for a speedy recovery.
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Imaging booking this hotel thru Expedia, verifying by phone your reservation is in, and upon arriving in the lobby with you family, reception lady saying reservation is in but it is not paid for and asking you to pay it again. She does not even bother to pick up the phone when Expedia customer service and her own manager try to get thru to get the matter resolved. Finally, she accepts your reservation after speaking with her manager, but not before deriding you in front of your family for paying low, in her opinion, rate! What a joke. Lost an hour. She may be your receptionist!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Leo B
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Erica R, Director of Sales at The Avalon Hotel and Conference Center, responded to this review, 5 August 2014
Dear Leo,

Thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts. The Avalon strives to provide all of our guests with superior customer service and it seems as though we have fell short during your stay with us. We will be looking into further training with all of our front desk agents to avoid situations as you have experienced. I am glad that your reservation was taken care of and you were able to stay with us despite the confusion with Expedia.
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Cleveland
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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
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Thank wicketwarrick
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Erica R, Director of Sales at The Avalon Hotel and Conference Center, responded to this review, 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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Erica R, Director of Sales at The Avalon Hotel and Conference Center, responded to this review, 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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Dexter, Michigan
2 reviews
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!
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  • 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 review, 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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Additional Information about The Avalon Hotel and Conference Center

Property: The Avalon Hotel and Conference Center
Address: 16 W 10th St, Erie, PA 16501-1402 (Formerly Hotel Pure Avalon)
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Erie
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 38 Hotels in Erie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Avalon Hotel and Conference Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 187
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Avalon Hotel is, without exception, a luxurious conference quality hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Erie, our exquisite ballrooms & smaller private rooms will accommodate 20 to 1000 for showers, concerts, receptions, conventions, meetings & much more! Whether you are looking for a modern traditional wedding, daily meetings with custom menus or overnight accommodations the Avalon is the place to be. ... more   less 
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