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May 28th, 2005

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07:54 am - Memorial Day Weekend - It's Not For Travelers
I had planned to slip out of work around 5 p.m. to get on the road for Memorial Day weekend; I actually ended up slipping out a bit earlier, at 4:30 p.m., after 5 of the other 8 members of my team had headed out. In the end, I'm glad that I did get going earlier, because traffic getting out of the Bay Area was a nightmare!

Traffic was heavy all the way to the 5, and I went the long way around (via 580) because I expected the "short" route (via Gilroy & 152) would be backlogged - it always is on a travel weekend. Of course, since 580 was bad too, Dee and I found ourselves wondering (after we passed 152 on the 5) if we actually saved any time at all this time. *laughs*

But we got to our hotel just after 11 p.m., where we had the amazing pleasure of dealing with a registration staff that just didn't seem to have it all together. For us, it wasn't that big of a deal. We had asked for a smoking room, and they had (at first) checked us into room 523. Then the other registration person noted that 523 was a non-smoking room, but it was in the computer incorrectly. So they re-did the registration and put us in room 1531. They showed us a map of the property, and I asked where the elevator was in the building - 1531 was a third-floor room in building 15.

There are no elevators on the property, and Dee definitely didn't want to deal with two flights of stairs. The offered us a handicapped-accessible room, but those rooms don't have doors on their bathrooms. (After seeing our room, I understand why they had to do this - it's a standard-width door to the bathroom, so to get wheelchair clearance they probably had to take the door out.) All the other smoking-allowed rooms were on the 3rd floor.

In the end, we accepted the original room, 523, because it was just on the 2nd floor, and we'll live with the non-smoking nature of it for our little poker night. I just hope no one was looking forward to a cigar while they played. There even is a cigar shop basically across from the hotel, which I noticed on the way in - BEFORE the registration troubles.

In the end... it's a nice enough room, but there are other oddities about Staybridge Suites that the web site didn't make obvious. And one outright lie - the bed is definitely NOT Queen size - it looks more like a Full size bed. There is no housekeeping on the weekends, except if requested by 5 p.m. on Friday. Arriving at 11 p.m., that's a hard deadline to make. So I guess we can't make too much of a mess, LOL!

On the upside, the hotel provides no-additional-charge Internet access, and there was a wireless network available for it. Upside - Dee can play all the EQ2 she desires if/when she gets tired of Poker Night! At least that part of the hotel description was accurate! ^_^
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Date:May 28th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
Oooh I have a bunch of really nice cigars here. I'll bring a couple, but we'll probably enjoy them outside in the parking-lot/hallway area near your room (rather than in the room itself).

Oh man...that does suck regarding the beds. They used to be queen size...heck two guys slept on each of them with complete comfort and a fair amount of space between. I took the couch, where I passed out. :)

Dammmmmz...why did Wyndham sell their property?

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