Sam (jevim) wrote,

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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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