Posted November 13th, 2016, 01:53 AM
We just got back from our cruise, and stayed at Crowne Plaza.
Last time we stayed at the Best Western Plus, and after comparing them, the Best Western was much nicer.
Crowne plaza tried to charge me for 3 people even though it was only 2 of us. They fixed it after I went to the front desk, but if I hadn't noticed, we would have paid an extra $40.
The breakfast buffet was one of the most terrible ones I have ever been to. The whole thing is just super ineffecient.
The shuttle took so long we rented an uber instead. But it was very prompt on the way back at least, which is more than we could say for the "valet" parking. The guy working actually could not figure out what key was for my husbands car, held out 3 keys for ford focus's and asked him which one was his, while claiming they "double booked" numbers. Uhh... what?
Also, a huge thing to me, was that the elevators do not require your hotel key to run. So basically ANYONE can use them which makes it much less secure. The stairwells were scary.
The room was decent, comfy bed. But they gave us two queens when we asked for a king.
All in all, the Best Western was way better. That place had a prompt shuttle, and actually called a taxi for us when we got back earlier than expected on our cruise. The buffet was normal and had a good selection. Room was nice and what we had reserved. They did not have "valet" parking, but at least the elevators and stairwells were actually secure and the staff was much nicer as well.
Obviously both places work just fine for a place to sleep before your cruise, but just wanted to give my impressions since we literally just got back!
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