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REVIEW – Drury Inn & Suites Orlando, FL

If you are planning a vacation before the kids go back to school, then I have the destination for you.  The Drury Inn and Suites Orlando has everything that you could want when you are away from home.  We were lucky enough to stay there just last week while traveling through the Orlando, Florida area.

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The hotel is very easy to find as it is literally right off of the interstate.  After driving for many hours this was a welcome site.  We were greeted by the friendly staff as soon as we entered the lobby.  Chris at the front desk was extremely helpful as he explained the amenities and how the nearby attraction shuttle service worked.  The check-in process was smooth and quick.  We found a parking space in the large lot (parking is free), got our bags, and dropped them off in the room.

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What a nice surprise to see that spacious room!  There was an amazingly comfortable bed (I need to get that mattress for my house), a work station area, and a large bathroom.  Because we checked in around 6 pm, we were able to enjoy “Kickback” in the lobby area.  We were given drink tickets for the bar and were able to eat from the free buffet.  On that night they were serving baked potatoes, pasta, hot dogs, salad, and more.  This is a definite perk!  There were plenty of tables and the staff was helpful and friendly.

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After enjoying “Kickback” we decided to use the free shuttle to Universal Studios Florida.  The bus arrived right on time literally steps from the front door and the ride was only about 5 minutes.  This was so much easier than driving ourselves.  Because the buses are actually scheduled, there is no guessing when it might roll in.  We used the free shuttle to return to the Drury Inn and Suites Orlando at the end of the night.  It was a bit crowded, but manageable.

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After a great night sleep (did I mention the awesome mattress), we headed downstairs for the free breakfast buffet.  This was more than your typical hotel breakfast.  There were hot items like scrambled eggs, waffles, sausage, and breakfast potatoes plus cereal, bagels, and more.  Again there were plenty of tables to choose from.  This was a terrific way to start the day.

Our stay at the Drury Inn and Suites Orlando was all that we expected and more.  We have stayed at Drury hotels in the Midwest, but this was our first time using Drury Inn and Suites Orlando.  I highly recommend it if you are traveling with the family, for business, or for a romantic getaway.  You won’t be disappointed.

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*We were provided a complimentary night’s stay during our review.

REVIEW – THE KENILWORTH-A New Jersey Hotel Getaway

Heading to the East Coast?  Not sure where to stay?  Well, if you are going to the New Jersey/New York area, I have to recommend THE KENILWORTH in Kenilworth, NJ.  Just 30 minutes from New York City, this is the perfect location for exploring the area.  Literally right off of the Garden State Parkway, THE KENILWORTH was easy to find.  (This was especially important for us after driving for 14 hours from the Midwest.) The Kenilworth (2)

When we entered the hotel we were greeted by the friendly staff.  The lobby has a modern feel to it.  It was very clean and sharp looking.

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There is a lobby lounge that was quite inviting after a long drive.  We were pleasantly surprised to be given 2 drink vouchers for The Trellis Bar.  That was a nice perk for sure.

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Parking was very convenient with plenty of spaces on both sides of the building.  Our room was spacious with 2 beds, a small refrigerator, microwave, and television. The bathroom was very elegant.

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We were personally impressed because we love the look of tile floor that looks like hardwood.  It certainly had a modern style to it as well.

THE KENILWORTH also has banquet and meeting rooms, a business center, fitness center, and a laundry room.  Because of its close proximity to New York City and the Newark International Airport, you simply cannot go wrong with a stay at THE KENILWORTH.  A quick drive will take you to some of the most iconic tourist attractions in the United States.

Check out http://www.kenilworthinn.com to learn about various packages that can make your stay even more memorable.  Try THE KENILWORTH…you won’t be disappointed.

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REVIEW-The Commons Hotel-Minneapolis, MN

This past weekend we had the opportunity to attend the Guiness International Champions Cup in Minneapolis, MN. We have relatives in the area, but really wanted to be near the stadium and close to the action. We couldn’t have found a better location than THE COMMONS HOTEL. Situated in the heart of the University of Minnesota campus, THE COMMONS HOTEL was just minutes away from TCF Bank Stadium. I think it took us about 5 minutes to walk it. That is perfect if you are planning on going to any football games this year-University of Minnesota or the Minnesota Vikings. You are also next door to the McNamara Alumni Center, the University Aquatics Center, the Williams Arena (basketball), and The Mariucci Arena (hockey).

THE COMMONS HOTEL was inviting and comfortable, and certainly did not feel like a college campus hotel. I have been to plenty that feel dated and in-need of upgrades. THE COMMONS HOTEL was fresh, clean, and modern. In the lobby, you can sit by the fire or snuggle up in a cozy chair. The staff always greeted us with a smile and answered all of our questions about the hotel and the area. Dining nearby is not an issue. The Beacon Public House is an on-site gastropub where you can relax with friends and family while dining or enjoying a cocktail or two. Applebees’s and Starbucks are also on-site so you are never far from a snack or a coffee. There are plenty of options in walking distance as well. The location is certainly convenient. There is a parking lot at the rear of the building and an overflow parking deck across the street which is connected by a covered skyway-definitely welcome in the winter months. The rate is $15 a night for self-park or $25 for valet services. The METRO transit system is literally outside the front door so you can travel to downtown St. Paul or Minneapolis with ease.

Our room was amazing. We had a king suite which included a separate living room and bedroom. I loved having a Keurig coffee maker (with Caribou coffee) and a refrigerator in the room. We used the iPod docking stations to charge up our phones. That was so much easier than hunting around for outlets. The bathroom was sleek in its design with rain shower heads-definitely had that spa feel. LCD televisions and complimentary wireless Internet are also superior amenities. Although we didn’t have time to use it, THE COMMONS HOTEL has a state-of- the art fitness center with new equipment like treadmills, elliptical machines, and free weights. A good workout may be in order after a night at the gastropub. There are 304 guest rooms to provide you with the home away from home atmosphere. There are also various meeting rooms and ballrooms for business events, weddings, reunions, or any other event you can plan.

If you are planning on visiting the University of Minnesota campus, attending an athletic event, or simply meeting up with friends and family, THE COMMONS HOTEL has everything you are looking for as far as comfort, location, and amenities. I believe you would be hard pressed to find another hotel on a major campus that was as convenient to local shops and events or as updated and fresh as THE COMMONS HOTEL. We will certainly be recommending it to everyone we know.

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