I’ve said before that I’m not a fan of the 2.5-3 star hotel review. Let’s face it: a Fairfield is a Four Points is a Hampton is a HI Express. They’ve got beds, TVs, bathrooms, breakfast, maybe a little indoor pool or gym, and as long as it’s all in working order and clean expectations have been met.
So how does a hotel compete in a crowded market? By focusing on the details. They can go big, like the Hampton Inn St. Augustine Beach that caught me totally off guard with frontgate furniture. Or they can go camp, like the HI Express we stayed in last week.
We checked in the night after Halloween and the Deal Kids were each presented with one of the beauties above. They even put a roll of smarties in each finger! It may seem silly, but next time our travels take us to the suburbs of Indianapolis, I’m sure to remember the surgical gloves filled with candy.
What detail has a mid-range hotel used to surprise you?