Many parents find it difficult to make time for themselves these days. Once we’ve paid for a babysitter, dinner, a movie and whatever activities we can squeeze into the short period of time we have available, we’re in the hole for what feels like hundreds of dollars and we spend the rest of the month paying it off.
Recently, we had the chance to get away for an evening following a birthday party that I organized for my love. Though it wasn’t really in our budget, I thought a night at a local hotel would give us much needed rest – without the screams and bed jumps of kids – and the feeling of vacation without leaving town. I’ve always had luck with Holiday Inn hotels and as a higher rated, higher priced one in our area, our local Holiday Inn French Quarter seemed like the right choice!
The Holiday Inn French Quarter has a fun New Orleans feel to it, with decorative spiral staircases, open lobby, and private room entrances that feel as though your stepping in off Bourbon Street.
So, the giant jester face is a little creepy, but the overall feel of the hotel is fun and really makes you feel like you’re on vacation, walking the streets of New Orleans. Unless you’ve ever been to New Orleans; then you know you’re just in a hotel, but it’s charming nonetheless. The best fake New Orleans you’ll find in the Toledo area.
What you see above is the view from our room. There are two private entrances – one from the main hallway and one from the Holidome, or pool and game area. It’s only once we got in our room that we felt that we were in a hotel; a sad, dingy hotel room.
The beds were comfortable, but the room was in need of updates and repairs. The ceiling in the bathroom was peeling and cracking in several places, including above the sink and shower. The shower stall itself looked new and very clean, and we can’t speak of the shower head because we didn’t use it while there.
When making my reservation, I chose the best option they had listed online. Because this was a special night of celebration, I also confirmed with the desk when I checked in that this was the best room they had available. She assured me it was, and that it was on the adults-only floor. Could this mean that we would be able to sleep without kids screaming as I’d hoped? No, it certainly did not. And I can’t believe the room pictured above – our room – was the best one available.
The “adults-only” included a couple entering their room across from us with a toddler and a baby and was right next to the family pool so early that morning, we heard screaming kids from both sides of our room. I have kids, so I’ve nothing against them, but I paid extra to avoid these familiar sounds for one day. We also tried to repeatedly access the internet with warnings from our smartphone of “unstable connection” and “lost connection” that I’ve rarely experienced elsewhere.
Their heating and cooling system was terribly outdated and didn’t work easily. The knobs just kept turning and turning and half of the air was cold, the other hot. It was a frustrating and uncomfortable night. We tried ordering room service in the morning, which ended up being the biggest joke of the trip. The “Room Service” button directed us to the restaurant who told us we’d have to call directly. We found the direct number in the menu, but there was no answer. We called the front desk which directed us back to the restaurant who finally told us there was no room service because of the Sunday buffet.
Holiday Inn French Quarter, located in Perrysburg in the Toledo, OH area, has very nice facilities for a meeting or banquet facility but is far from a romantic staycation.
*I was not compensated for this review in any way