Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2010 in Review: Hilton Properties

I spent a total of 147 (paid) nights over 57 stays in Hilton-branded hotels this year and used accumulated points which I redeemed for 13 nights adding up to 160 nights total. Here are the properties (in order of my preference and some comments):

The Best
Roosevelt Hotel (Waldorf Astoria), New Orleans
The rooms here are excellently appointed and if small, very comfortable. The hotel is located just far enough off of bourbon street to be quiet. The staff is greatly attentive - I stayed for a few nights during the Roadfood festival in March.
The Drake Hotel Chicago
There is a huge caveat here: the normal rooms are very small and uncomfortable, the upgraded "executive" rooms, however, are a great size. Nice, marble bathrooms with a parlor area. The best downtown Chicago Hilton option (although I have not tried the Conrad).
Hilton Northbrook
A sentimental favorite of mine, and the best option in the area. The staff is attentive, the bar is welcoming and the rooms are big.

The Noteable
Hampton Inn Lincolnshire, IL
Hilton O'Hare
They have a hypo-allergenic room with hardwood floors and shutters that should set the standard.
Hilton Garden Inn Bloomington

Great location near the University - walking distance to the bars etc. including Nick's
Hilton Garden Inn Flagstaff
Doubletree Guest Suites Columbus, OH
Not really located near anything of note in Columbus... but not much is.
Hilton Garden Inn Manchester, NH
Overlooks a minor league baseball field.

The Rest
Hilton Austin
Huge!
Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls, SD
Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell, Montana
Doubletree Boston
Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
An aging property that is kept up very well.
Hampton Inn & Suites Rockland
Hilton Garden Inn Evanston Church St Plaza
Hilton Garden Inn South Bend
Hampton Inn Laporte, Indiana
Hampton Inn Suites Chicago Deer Park, IL
Hilton Garden Inn Schaumburg, IL
Doubletree Hotel Missoula Edgewater
Rooms with balconies overlook the river... you can watch fly-fishermen out the window.
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
A concrete jungle.

Will-not-revisit
Hampton Inn Pittsburgh-University Center
Lousy part of town (near the universities) and very difficult to get around.

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