Hotel Review  

Hampton Inn and Suites-Your Kids will Love This!
By Kathy Chin Leong

Reviewers of this hotel claim it is the nicest play to stay in Fresno, and they may be right. Our recent stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites was a wonderful surprise.I came with three other women for a prayer conference nearby, and we spent one lovely night together, enjoying the hotel’s pool, exercise room, and other amenities.

The Hampton Inn & Suites, owned by the Hilton Corp., has the appearance of an upscale hotel at value pricing at $125 per night with AAA membership. The newest property in Fresno is two years old and is both elegant and sleek.While there are hotels in town that boast of $60 per night, the Hampton met our needs for close proximity to our intended destination as well as its ample variety of services.

BREAKFAST/DINING

With warm woods throughout coupled with an upscale, clubby décor, the Hampton’s staff here is friendly and ready to serve.Upon check-in in the afternoon, we were treated to cookies in the lobby.The lobby and dining room area is nicely integrated with small tables throughout. The dining room is set up for the hot breakfast served daily.

Breakfasts consist of pastries, cereals, yogurt, fruits, breads, juices, coffee, and a couple of hot entrees-sausage and eggs in heating trays. While everything was tasty, all four of us avoided the eggs all cooked sunnyside up with the yokes peering up to us within a perfect circular form.They looked a little too pre-fab for us, and so we stuck with fruit and cereal.

For people who cannot stay to eat, the hotel kindly offers lunch bags at the check-in desk. Called the “On the Run” breakfast, the packs include fruit, muffin, bottled water, and an energy bar.

The dining room itself is very comfortable. There is a couch area and a large flat screen TV, great for watching the morning news.The dining room is open all day and in the evening as well.What’s particularly good about this area is the fact that the hotel features a grocery mini mart next to the check-in desk. You can purchase microwave meals, drinks, and refrigerated foods which is a godsend when you don’t feel like going out to eat at night.

Since the dining room has a microwave, you can buy food at the mini mart, eat at the tables, read the paper, and watch TV all at the same time.The staff here is very friendly, and they are more than accommodating when you want an extra cookie or need an emergency toiletry kit.

THE ROOM

I could have sworn I was staying at a regular Hilton Hotel since this place was so new, nicely decorated, and modern.The queen beds all featured an extra thick mattress and pillows so soft that everyone slept well.The rooms also had nice touches such as an attractive wood lap desk for reading or working, Internet plug-in access, microwave, and a half-height frig with a couple of complimentary waters.

Bathrooms were large and very sleek with silver curved shower curtain bars, massage head showers, and lovely pencil-slim bottles for shampoo, conditioner, and mouthwash.

AMENITIES

At every hotel, I always check out the gym, and the Hampton has taken a small room and filled it with a couple of treadmills, elliptical machines, and a stationary bike. While you won’t find any weights or mats for floor exercises, it does feature a television, scale, andwater fountian.You use your card key to get in, and there is enough ventilation to keep you cool.

The gated pool and jacuzzi area make for a great option for relaxation.With a single umbrella table and chairs, there are also plastic chairs and side tables around the perimeter of the small no-frills swimming area.

When going to Fresno for a weekend, I recommend a night or two at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Close proximity to shopping areas, restaurants, and freeways, and just an hour away from Yosemite, the new property is ideal for families and adults looking for a clean room, comfortable bed, and hot breakfast.

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NOTEWORTHY INFO:

Hampton Inn & Suites
327 E. Fir Ave.
Fresno, CA
1/559-447-5900
Click on www.hamptoninn.com
Rates: $125 AAA Rate and up.
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