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Crowne Plaza Philadephia Valley Forge

I stayed at the Crowne Plaza hotel because I had a business meeting in the area. For those who do not know the area, the official name of the area is King of Prussia/ Valley Forge. It is about 30-45 minutes from downtown Philly and the Philadelphia airport. The location of this hotel was perfect for me because it was right across from the King of Prussia mall (one of the biggest malls in the northeast- great for a self proclaimed shopaholic).

The room was average for what I expected of a Crowne Plaza. The bed was comfortable. I had some trouble trying to get the water hot enough for my shower. There was a “trick” to the bath tub knob and I figured it out after 2 nights of taking tepid showers and one call to the front desk.

The full breakfast buffet was worth the price. There was bacon, sausage, eggs made to order, pancakes, breakfast potatoes, waffles, danishes, fruit, and granola. The only drawback to the breakfast was some of the wait staff service. When I entered the restaurant it was difficult to be served. One lady said that I need to wait for someone to seat me. But the lady that was in charge of that was moving so slowly, the two minutes that I waited for her to come show me to a table seemed longer. Since I was on schedule, I decided to find my own table and ignore the first lady. After seating myself, I had to find someone to give me some orange juice and hot water for my tea. One of the mornings, it looked as if they were running out of food by 7:45. Despite all of that, the lady at the omelet station that cooked my eggs was very friendly and she cooked it exactly like I wanted them.

The best part of my visit to this hotel was the AHI TUNA appetizer and cobb salad I order from room service. I was a little hungry and did not want a heavy meal. I thought that a little ahi tuna and a small salad would be light enough for me to eat before going to bed. The coarse black pepper seasoning mix on the tuna was absolutely to die for! The order came with the tuna, a mango relish, and pickled ginger. The tuna was tasty on its own that I did not eat the relish. I almost ordered a second plate since it was so good. Up until that point I have never had any ahi tuna that delectable and now I order it at every occasion trying to find something similar. I was wow-ed by it. Most of all, I was astonished because I was not expecting such high quality from room service food. Super!

After I regained control of my senses, I ate my cobb salad. It was mainly lettuce (Bibb, I think), cheese crumbles, and sugared pecans. If I had known the tuna was going to be so awesome, I would have skipped the salad and ordered double tuna. But since that was not the case, I satisfied my hunger with lettuce. Not quite as exciting.

Crowne Plaza Philadephia Valley Forge

260 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia PA 19406

Holiday Inn Charleston Airport

This is going to be a boring post since there are no pictures – so I will be brief

I did not want to stay in North Charleston because of what I heard from others. But since I did not want to spend $300/night on a hotel room, I did not have much of a choice. Yes I was determined to go to Charleston in the middle of July and looked for accommodations at the last minute.

Holiday Inn Charleston Airport & Convention Center was nice. It seemed to be a newer hotel. It  met all my expectations of the Holiday Inn brand. I did not eat breakfast here, but did notice there was a restaurant. The hotel was situated close to an interstate but I could not hear anything from the room. There was adequate parking and the amenities were as described. A plus is that the hotel is on the same exit as the outlet mall. Yay for me!

If you want a comfortable room at a reasonable price, this is a good location. It is only about 15 to downtown Charleston and about 20 minutes to the Isle of Palms beaches (when there is little traffic).


Holiday Inn Charleston Airport & Conv Ctr

5264 International Blvd. North Charleston, SC  29418

Hyatt Arlington

Hyatt Arlington

1325 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia, USA 22209

Tel: +1 703 525 1234

Amenities: Fitness Center, Restaurant(s), Business Center, High-Speed Internet Access


I was looking to stay one night at a hotel in DC area in August. I did not want to spend too much money because I knew we were going to arrive late and leave early. So I went on Hotwire and searched for a 3 star location. From the amenities, the hotel looked like a good deal since it was less than $100 with taxes. After I paid, I found out it was a Hyatt location. This hotel’s interior design was sleek modern style. Everything had clean lines and looked very good. The bed was really comfortable. Even though the room was relatively inexpensive, there are other charges to consider- valet parking ($21), internet ($13).

The wait staff were friendly and accommodating.

I thoroughly enjoyed my brief stay at this location. I would stay here again when I had more time to do more sightseeing.

Per their website, they are centrally located to many DC attractions

• Iwo Jima Memorial

• Arlington National Cemetery

• WWII Memorial

• METRO (orange and blue lines, half-block)

• Georgetown

• Kennedy Center

• Smithsonian Museums

• Lincoln / Jefferson / Vietnam Veterans / Korean War Veterans Memorials

• FDR Memorial

• Washington Monument

• White House and Capitol Building

• National Cathedral

• Premier Art Galleries

• Fashion Center at Pentagon City

• Potomac Mills Outlet Mall

• Old Town Alexandria

• George Washington University and Hospital

• Georgetown University

• George Mason