I recently stayed at the Best Western Novato Oaks Inn with 60 other people from my university. I have been on dozens of school-related field trips, and this hotel goes as one of THE best hotels I have ever stayed at!
I would say this hotel lies between your average La Quinta/Holiday Inn, and the more expensive chain hotels like Marriotts, Hiltons, etc. We got a great deal on booking the hotel with a large number of rooms, and the staff was super accommodating to our needs!
The lobby was wonderful. They had the most beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the center, and the lobby consists of modern, trendy decor, equipped with a hot beverage (tea, coffee, hot chocolate) station, and a small little reading nook!
As soon as we got to the hotel, the lobby manager met with me (head coordinator of our tour) and my boss and quickly went over the logistics. He had all of our rooming lists complete with room numbers, keys, etc. all prepared for us, and readily answered all of our questions. I believe his name was Travis. Then, he followed us to our coach bus and spoke to all of our band kids about our hotel situation, carefully explained how we could find our rooms throughout the several different wings of the hotel, and mentioned all of the hotel benefits such as the fitness center, business center, breakfast, etc. He was very amiable and was such a helpful person! I really appreciated it and thought it was wonderful that he was explaining everything to us and making everything SO EASY!
The rooms themselves were so great. We stayed in a SUPER crappy Ramada Inn the night before, so this place was basically heaven for us compared to that place. The rooms were clean, well kept, and nicely decorated. We even had a cute little balcony with a table and two chairs! BEDS WERE ALSO SUPER COMFORTABLE. They're those kind of beds that you sink into as soon as you sit on them! Me gusta.
Some extra bonuses my friends and I enjoyed were:
1) Firepit! On the outdoor terrace. You just have to ask the front desk for them to send somebody to turn on the fire, and it's all ready to go! They had a bunch of chairs set up around it, so it's a great place to sit and chat with friends :)
2) Ping pong table!
3) Game rental: My friends were able to borrow Taboo from the front desk, which led to endless hours of fun in the business center :P
4) Breakfast: Pretty decent breakfast open from 6-10am! Had all your standards like cereal, pastries, hard boiled eggs, juices, coffee, and even a waffle maker! They also had tons of seating which was great for our large group.
Needless to say, I really enjoyed this hotel. I would almost travel back to Novato JUST so I would be able to stay in this hotel again. That's how much I loved it! I would HIGHLY recommend staying here if you need something in the Marin area. It's definitely a great place for a very reasonable price! 5 STARS.
2014 YELP 100 CHALLENGE - 36/100
Beautiful hotel! Probably the nicest one I had visited this weekend, other than THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. It was a vintage, regal and expensive look to it. I have not stayed here, but I was really impressed by my visit this past weekend and would love to return.
Excellent. Right in the middle of the strip for easy access all over
Beautiful. Especially the beautiful lake in the front which gives it a little bit of distance from the actual street
Like I said earlier - regal, fancy, stunning
Entryway has beautiful glass flowers all over the ceiling
Not too many. Most were very high end stores such as Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, etc. More eye candy, but they definitely match the expensiveness of this hotel!
WHAT TO SEE:
Flowers in the entryway
Window shop in the expensive designer stores
Conservatory & botanical gardens (decorated every season!)
Jean Philippe patisserie - home to the "world's largest chocolate fountain"
The famous water fountains out front! Shows either every 15 or 30 min. depending on day/time
I would love to stay at the Bellagio if I could afford it. I think I was expecting the Paris hotel to look more along the lines of Bellagio. Kinda disappointed over there...BUT Bellagio was simply beautiful!
I stayed at the Courtyard Los Angeles Sherman Oaks this weekend with my parents, and I really enjoyed it! This is definitely one of the best/nicest hotels in this particular area, and is at a great location as well on Sepulveda right between Encino and Sherman Oaks.
Check-in was easy, the rooms were great, well-kept, and the lobby was very nice and pleasant. The ONLY reason why I won't give this hotel 5 stars is because of the parking!
The parking garage is really badly set-up. It's like they tried to cram as many parking spots as possible in this tiny, cramped parking garage, and it's really hard to navigate through AND park in. There are weird parallel parking spots everywhere which makes it easy for other cars looking for spots to come close and possibly hit your car. Also, the main path/driving lane in the garage is in a circle which also makes it really difficult to navigate through.
Other than that, the hotel was great!
Very nice, reasonably priced hotel. I have stayed here twice with my boyfriend and his mom and I have enjoyed it both times. Lobby is nice with pleasant decor, rooms and great with comfy sleep number beds (although we couldn't really figure out how to use them), and rooms are clean and well kept.
Also, they put up cute little signs in the elevators! One time they had a "Guest of the Day" poster, and the next day they had a "Welcome ____ ____ High School!" because a bunch of marching band kids from my school stayed there. It was really cute and a nice touch!
Free wifi! Always a plus! :)
Location is also nice because it's right off the freeway.
Definitely enjoyed my two stays here and if I'm ever in the Fresno/Clovis area, I'll probably consider this place!
I stayed here about a week ago with my aunt and two cousins. It was SO nice and I really enjoyed it! The staff were pretty helpful. The rooms were very presentable and looked just like the pictures I saw on the Disneyland website!
The only thing I would really complain about is the ELEVATORS. They are horrendously slow, and there are only 3 of them! With 12 or so floors in the building and people going in and out of them (people coming from the pool floor also backed it up a lot), it took FOREVER to get anywhere. I stayed on the 8th floor and I don't recall a single time where I took the elevator from my floor down to the ground level without stopping. The elevators are pretty small too so they would get full pretty easily, especially with people hauling their luggage with them. I took the stairs once because I had been waiting for an elevator for over five minutes and couldn't stand it anymore.
That being said, the hotel itself was great. We had an INCREDIBLE view of the back of California Adventure, and we could see World of Color from our room too! I was really impressed. It was my first time staying in one of the three Disneyland hotels, and hopefully it won't be the last!
I stayed here for seven days with three other friends a few weeks ago.
Check-in was pretty easy. Apparently we had arrived earlier than our check-in time (the lady at the front desk said we were supposed to check in at 3pm, although I don't recall ever seeing a certain time we had to check in), but fortunately there was a room available for us so we were able to check in on the spot. We had a room with two double beds. I honestly thought the room was pretty small/cramped, but it also might have been because we had four adults staying in the room, in addition to all of our luggage. I felt very sorry for the maids cleaning our room!
The hotel lobby was pretty small...it appeared larger in some photos I saw, but it does have ample amount of seating which was nice. Lots of Hawaiian print chairs. They also have coffee in the morning and ice water! And two computers for internet usage (there is only ethernet in the hotel rooms; no wi-fi).
Location was pretty good. It was probably a five minute walk from the beach outside the Hilton Hawaiian Village right across the street! I'd say it was a 10-15 minute walk from the Waikiki Shopping Plaza, which is where my friends and I had spent a lot of our time. It was a farther walk from the Ala Moana mall, probably about a mile. Definitely something to consider when you have to walk back from the mall after walking around it for hours! My feet were killing me by the end of the day.
If you are taking tours with transportation included, they will most likely pick you up in front of the Ilikai hotel because it's the closest/main hotel nearby. It's across the street, so it wasn't that bad.
There is also a 24/7 coffeehouse a few doors down called Wailana Coffeehouse that my friends and I went to a few times just because of its convenience. Great place to stop by if you want a hot meal at any time of the day!
Don't stay here if you plan on spending time by the pool. It wasn't very nice and looked like a cheap motel pool. Like I said, the beach is 5 minutes away so just go there instead.
Another thing that turned me off was the hallways on each floor. They looked very dated and dirty. Definitely in need of some remodeling or carpet replacement.
This isn't a top luxury hotel, but it was quite affordable. For seven nights, I think each of us paid around $120~ (multiplied by 4 people, of course). I wouldn't mind staying here again because I became very familiar with the area around it, and it was pretty great for the affordable price!
2014 YELP 100 CHALLENGE - 18/100
I haven't actually stayed here, but I visited recently since a bunch of my friends were staying here for a night.
The location is both a blessing and a curse as it is located right near the 405 / 101 intersection. Really easily accessible, but also inevitable traffic because these are two of the largest freeways in Los Angeles.
There are gas stations across the street, the Sherman Oaks Galleria mall is within walking distance in one direction, whereas a Target is in the other direction if you need anything.
The building has several different parking areas which was nice since I was just visiting my friends. The hallway was a little outdated...with large mirrors on the walls and old fashioned carpet. However, the rooms were really nice and pretty clean.
We stayed up pretty late and the hotel was extremely quiet after 9pm. We couldn't hear anybody else making noise in the hotel, which was nice!
After staying at a few Best Westerns and seeing this one recently, I've decided that for the price, Best Western hotels are usually your best bet!
My boyfriend stays here every time he visits me in San Jose and I must say this is a great hotel for the affordable price. He stayed at other Motel 6's in the area and this was MUCH better.
The hotel is in a rather odd location. It's right on the San Jose/Santa Clara border, and there aren't really any other stores/things to do right around the immediate area. The area around it isn't sketchy or anything though, so that's a plus. It's also just on the opposite side of the freeway from the airport. Good because it's so close and convenient, but bad because the airplanes are loud and can be heard. Luckily there aren't many flights that go out at night, so it's fine as long as you're not spending THAT much time in your room during the day.
The hallways are rather dated and I don't think they're air conditioned. However, the rooms are quite the opposite. The last room my boyfriend had was really big and spacious, and all of the furniture was well kept and nothing looked old or shabby. Room service did a great job of cleaning the sheets/replacing the towels, etc. every day which was great too.
Overall, if you're looking for a hotel in San Jose on the cheaper side, go for this La Quinta. Way better than Motel 6 which is dirt cheap and has crappy, dirty rooms.
2014 YELP 100 CHALLENGE - 42/100
I am HUGE lover of the city of Paris and anything related to it. My apartment is Paris-themed with Eiffel Towers, macarons, bonjour signs, etc. everywhere. I was disappointed that my boyfriend couldn't get us hotel reservations at the Paris Hotel, but after visiting it this past weekend, I was actually kinda glad that we didn't end up staying there.
This hotel looks beautiful on the outside. The huge Eiffel Tower, of course, is a smaller, fit-to-scale version of the real thing in Paris. The building with all of the rooms in it actually looks like many of the buildings in Paris. They also have the Arc de Triomphe which is quite a spectacle as well.
My bf and I came here to dine at Gordon Ramsay's Steak restaurant. Because of where we parked in the garage, we had to walk through a bit of the shops and restaurants to get to where Steak was located on the main casino floor. It feels as if you are roaming the streets of Europe, but nothing inside the whole shopping/restaurant area really screamed PARIS to me. It was just like European-esque, but not really Paris. Also, I felt kind of claustrophobic in there because although the Venetian and Caesars Palace have the same thing where you feel like you're walking in Europe and there's a fake sky ceiling above, I feel like the ones in Paris are much lower and it just felt...busy and stuffy.
The smell from the restaurants was slightly nauseating. It gave me gross flashbacks of bad quality, overpriced Italian from Disneyland near Pirates of the Caribbean. That is super specific but it was not bringing back good memories for me. Kinda like the smell when you first start riding on Pirates and you pass by the Blue Bayou restaurant...hahaha.
Overall, this hotel just seems dated to me...and not really that big to accommodate large amounts of people. There was some sort of marketing convention going on while we were there, which made it even more busy and claustrophobic than usual.
3 stars for a nice outer appearance, Gordon Ramsay's Steak restaurant, and having a good location on the strip!
2014 YELP 100 CHALLENGE - 43/100
Pretty decent hotel. The only time I've ever stayed here was when I was a child so I don't remember too much of it.
More towards the south end of the strip, across the street from New York New York.
Look for the big green building with the big lion in the front. The entryway/lobby/drop off/pick up area is actually not located directly on the strip, but rather around the corner along the cross street that runs perpendicular to the strip.
HUGE HUGE HUGE lobby. Much larger than a lot of the other hotels on the strip. It's pretty nice! They also have a pretty decent sized casino as well, and the theater where they host the KA Cirque du Soleil show is surprisingly ginormous. I was so surprised that that size of a theater was inside this hotel.
Unfortunately, the shops at this hotel are pretty crappy. Nothing interesting except for a bunch of souvenir shops, and places where you can get everything bad for you - alcohol and sweets.
I feel like MGM used to be good, but with the addition of all of the newer hotels on the strip, it's losing its game. So unfortunate since MGM owns so many of the hotels on the strip!
I have stayed here twice to attend the NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center, and I think this hotel is a great place to go to if you just need a place to sleep. My professor calls it, "A step above a Motel 6!"
- Excellent location. Within walking distance to both Disneyland/CA Adventure and the Anaheim Convention Center. There are also TONS of restaurants all along Harbor and Katella!
- CHEAP. I think I paid around $134 after splitting a hotel room with 3 other people for 4 nights.
- Easy check-in and check-out
- FREE parking for customers
- Kinda ghetto. Looks cool on the outside, but not so much inside the rooms
- Lots of outside noises because of the location on a busy street
- No breakfast?
- Didn't have wifi until recently, and it's preeeetty slow
Overall, it's got all of your necessities and is a really reasonable hotel for the location and everything. Don't expect anything incredible, though!
This hotel is pretty lame. I stayed here this past week on a band field trip with 50 other college students from my university.
LOCATION: It's within walking distance to all of the places you'd probably end up going to downtown, such as Caesar Chavez Park (where Christmas in the Park is!), The Tech Museum, California Theater, Convention Center, all of the nicer hotels downtown like the Fairmont, Marriott, Saint Claire, Hilton, etc. However, everything directly surrounding this hotel is pretty ghetto and rundown.
Exterior: Rundown, all of the rooms are accessed outdoors; no hallways or anything like that.
Interior: Very dated and old. Has basically everything you need, but it's definitely an old, cheap hotel. I thought it was weird how the closet was in the bathroom. Very limited sink space. I shared the room with three other girls and we could barely fit all of our stuff on the counter.
COMFORT: Meh, not that comfortable. It's just a place to go to if you really need a place to sleep. Then again, I wasn't even able to sleep well because 1) The beds sucked and I could feel every single movement my bed partner made, 2) WALLS WERE SO THIN! I could hear my neighbors talking AND watching TV! It was so annoying to deal with!
BREAKFAST: It's located in this TEENY little area on the bottom floor near the lobby. They didn't have much...just pastries, hard boiled eggs, bagels, cereal, juice and coffee. They only had probably 2-3 tables which was annoying to deal with since I was with a large group of college students. I ended up going back to my room to eat my food because it got crowded in there really quickly.
Overall, I really don't think I'll be staying here. It had a pretty decent location that made it walkable to pretty much most of the attractions in downtown San Jose, but the hotel was pretty crappy and uncomfortable.
2014 YELP 100 CHALLENGE - 52/100
Stayed in this hotel with my bf for the first time a few weeks ago and absolutely LOVED IT!
I had never heard of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay before. Apparently it's the nicer of the two towers at Mandalay Bay, and consists entirely of suite-style hotel rooms.
My bf had booked our stay about four months in advance through Expedia, and he only paid around $110 per night for a HUGE suite for the two of us! It was amazing and you definitely get a bang for your buck!
Parking is free, as with most if not all of the hotels in Vegas. The parking garage is HUGE and has stairs, escalators, and elevators. There's also valet parking and a taxi drop off/pick up area.
Check-in was quick and easy. Lines weren't long and it took us around 5 minutes.
Decor/ambience is really great in this hotel. It doesn't really have a theme like a lot of the other hotels on the strip. It's just modern, classy, and trendy. I really liked it!
Elevators were kinda confusing since depending on what floor you're on, you have a certain set of elevators you have to take. However, the elevators are AWESOME and INCREDIBLY fast! We stayed on the 20th floor and it only took a few seconds to get from our room down to the lobby and back!
Our suite was AMAZING. There was a living room area that had a couch, desk, chairs, coffee table, and a huge television! There was also a guest bathroom located right by the door if you have people over. It's a 1/2 bath so just a sink and toilet, but still really awesome! There's also a mini-bar area, but make sure you don't touch any of the items there because they are monitored with a weight system, and you are automatically charged for anything you pick up.
The bedroom area of our room was really nice. We had an incredible king sized bed with a HUGE wall unit that had a TV in the middle, and his and hers closets on either side of it. The closets even had lights inside to see your clothes, and robes, slippers, hangers, etc.!
Our main bathroom was HUGE! It came with two sinks, toilet, a big shower, and a ginormous bathtub that could fit like 3 people in it. My college dorm room was honestly smaller than this bathroom...it was crazy!
The Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson show plays at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. We didn't watch it, but we plan on watching it during one of our future visits!
The MIX Lounge at the top of the hotel is supposed to be da bomb. We didn't end up going up there but we saw a ton of people waiting in line to go up.
The ONLY things I didn't love about THEhotel were:
1) LACK OF WIFI IN ROOMS. I think they only had ethernet but that is useless when you only have your smart phone and iPad with you.
2) NO REFRIGERATOR IN SUITE. The bf tried to create a makeshift refrigerator with our ice bucket. Didn't really work...
3) LOCATION. That it's on the far south end of the strip. Like literally the last hotel. Fortunately we drove to Vegas so we used our car to drive further up the strip, but if you don't have a car I can imagine it being a huge issue. It's quite a long walk from THEhotel towards the middle/north end of the strip.
I would definitely stay at THEhotel again and highly recommend it! 5 stars!
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