Last weekend I was at the Together for Adoption conference in Duluth, Georgia (yes, my Minnesota friends, there is another Duluth).
The first impressions kept piling up. Yes, there can indeed be a bunch of first impressions—first of front desk, first of room, first of food . . .
When I arrived, I needed to sort out some room details for my 2 roommates and me. Heidy at the desk went above and beyond to rearrange things to make sure we had what we needed, even though the hotel was almost fully booked. An important part of the above-and-beyond is how courteous and solicitous she was. It’s too easy in too many settings for staff to do precisely the right things, but curtly, so you’re left feeling guilty for asking for help. Not here. And that proved true of all the others I interacted with.
Free WiFi. Free breakfast buffet. Free light supper Monday-Thursday. Pool. Exercise room. Kitchenette in each room or suite—full-sized fridge, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, dishes, flatware, etc.
Kitchenette, comfy sofa and ottoman/coffee table, desk, table for eating.
The breakfast included 3 hot items, for example: grits and scrambled eggs and sausage or oatmeal and eggs and something else. Then there were an assortment of breads, a DIY waffle maker, fruit, yogurt and I don’t remember what all else.
I was there for only one of the supper buffets (same place as breakfast)—hot dogs in buns and go-withs. A calendar of menus is magneted to the fridge in each room. I was using that day to think and prepare for speaking, so I appreciated not having to go anywhere or even think about where to go and how to get there.
By the way, the scones they served one morning were wonderful. I’ve eaten–or tried to eat–scones that range from brick-like to being too soft and more like just sweetish bread–even in England. And you usually can’t judge by looking. These would have pleased baby bear–ju-u-ust right.
I’m not a housekeeperly type, so I was pretty impressed to find narrow vacuum tracks on the couch cushions.
What I wish.
I wish supper were available served every night. But that’s a small thing.
I’m going to be looking for Homewood Suites when I’m choosing a hotel!
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