Remember that staycation I was supposed to take last month? Done and done! I just have not gotten around to updating it. I’ll give you the short version:
We did not end up going to the Claredon. We drove by to check out the place. Regretfully, I forgot my camera so I could not take pictures of it.
1) The pool area ‘okay’. It was just like the picture, comfortable lounge chairs and all. But the entire area was really small. It did not look as glamorous as it did in the pic. It is clear the hotel invested in a good photographer.
2) The bedroom was cozy and spacious. (In a tiny NYC kinda way) The bathroom area… is just a tiny corner. Toilet. Sink. Shower. No door. (none that I can remember) Not that you need it. It was set up like a mini studio. There was small area with a couch and TV. Then there is a separate area for the bedroom. It was cute.
3) That rooftop lounge they bragged about? Closed. Something about needing a permit to allow guests on it.
4) The outside of the building looked like it needed work. It appears someone started a project and walked away from it.
Long story short, E and I were not that impressed with the hotel. Which led us to look into other hotels including the Millennium.
We ended up going for the JW Marriott Desert Ridge. We gotten a really good friends and family rate for $160 a night. This hotel is niiiiice. Loved the beds. Loved the pool area. (We had a private area of the pool all to our selves! ;) Free from the rugrats!) Loved the lobby. Loved the outside area.
I didnt get many pictures of the pool.Those of you who know me well, know that I was at that pool by myself. No way E is going to sit outside in 110 degree weather and roast! There was plenty of seating for everyone and servers and cabana boys ready to be at your beck and call!
Overall this is a nice property and located in a very good area. Near busy shopping plazas and mall. Valet Parking is a bit expensive but we did have the option of parking the cars ourselves. There is a mini shopping area on site. Mostly high end stores selling ugly crap I cannot afford. The best part about that stay is that soft bed!
I tried to sign up for the Marriott Loyalty program but they wouldn’t credit my stay since I was using a discount rate. But I will sign up for it anyways. I notice I’ve stay at a lot of Marriott properties. Its about time I start getting credit for it.