Friday, April 11, 2014

Hampton Inn Provo

Hotel Stay Details
Hotel: Hampton Inn Provo
Dates: April 6-11, 2014
Rate Paid: $100/night (including taxes)
Points Earned: 10,562 Hilton HHonors 

As mentioned last week, there weren't too many hotel options in Provo, but we were fortunate that the #1 hotel ranked on Tripadvisor was in the Hilton family. While there weren't any amazing amenities in a limited service hotel, the Hampton Inn served is purpose and was a decent price point for a moderately long 5 night stay.

The rooms were perfectly fine and included several convenient features including a microwave and a mini fridge. All guests had access to complimentary in-room wifi, though they did give Hilton Gold/Diamond status members access to a higher speed wifi network that would normally cost money.

Despite being a limited service hotel, they also had a small business center with access to computers and printers, an indoor swimming pool and some coin operated laundry machines in the building. The front desk sold single serve detergent and dryer sheets as well as an assortment of snacks and soft drinks.

As a part of all business traveler hotels such as Hampton Inn (Hilton) and it's competitors Four Points (Starwood), Hyatt Place (Hyatt) and Fairfield Inn (Marriott), they all offer complimentary ready-made breakfasts to their guests in the lobby. While usually nothing really impresses my father, this breakfast offering was pretty great, especially their breakfast bagels (think pizza bagels, but with eggs, cheese and bacon). Additionally, while they continued to have the staples (cereals, waffles, yogurts), they'd also rotate the main breakfast offerings every day which kept it interesting for those of us staying for multiple nights on extended stays.

What my father did say though was that the front desk employees were THE FRIENDLIEST he has ever encountered. Despite not being able to offer any suite upgrades, or even complimentary breakfasts or wifi (since both were free for everyone anyway), it was very refreshing to deal with people who were genuinely happy to help you. When my father would come back in the evenings after a long day of work meetings, the front desk would have at least 1 of the coffees fresh and waiting for our arrival. And after checking out on Friday April 11th, my father and Paul were returning on Sunday April 13th. Knowing they'd be returning, the front desk staff had their room keys waiting for them without having to show their ID and credit card again.

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