We stayed here for the Easter holiday to see the Phillies play. The location is excellent if you are going to PNC Park because you simply exit the hotel, walk straight down the sidewalk 2 blocks and then cross the bridge. The doors to the stadium are right after the bridge on the left. There’s no need to worry about safety because before and after a game, police close the bridge to all traffic and people can walk freely in the street.
We attended the New Year’s Eve hockey game at Nationwide Arena and had a great time. My husband said it was a very nice arena compared to others he’s seen.
To begin with, it was easy to get to. We stayed at a hotel that was very convenient to the arena. You can read a review about that hotel here. Also, across the street from the hotel we stayed at was a Hyatt and Drury Inn. Although it was after dark, walking the 2 blocks to and from the arena never felt unsafe because there was a large crowd of hockey fans walking together.
We stayed at this hotel because it’s just a block and a half away from Nationwide Arena (click here for a review of the arena). We were visiting on New Year’s Eve for a hockey game. The walk to the stadium was quick and safe because all the hockey fans were outside walking together. There is a Hyatt and Drury Inn directly across the street and it’s worth comparing prices since our stay at the Plaza was unsatisfactory.
The hotel is in the ideal location for visiting all the popular attractions Orlando has to offer. It’s about 15 minutes from the airport and is close to the highway so it’s easy on and off. Also, it’s only a 15-20 minute drive to Disney World and just down the street you’ll find Universal and the Orange County Convention Center. The immediate area surrounding the hotel is well maintained and appears upper class so safety is not an issue and if you get hungry, across the street from the hotel there’s a McDonald’s, Denny‘s, IHOP, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and lots of other restaurants.
The museum itself is small but very interesting. This is a place that any baseball lover will appreciate. There’s a lot of neat things to see including a signature wall of players who signed contracts with Louisville Slugger.
I have to say that this hotel was one of my least favorites out of all the hotels my husband and I have visited. With this hotel being modeled after the Waldorf Astoria, I really expected more.
I can’t even begin to express the level shock I felt when entering the hotel room. Not only was it miniscule but it looked cheap and run down.
The Titanic Exhibition is located inside the Luxor and though it’s overpriced, it is worth a visit.
Staying at the MGM property is great not only because they have fantastic restaurants and shows but also because you can jump on the monorail which makes getting around easy. We’ve stayed at both the regular MGM and the Signature and we by far prefer the Signature.
From inside the MGM, the entrance to the Signature is at the very back near the food court, the monorail, and the doors to the pools. You need your room key to gain entrance into the Signature doors, and once you pass through those doors it’s like entering another world. Not only is the Signature smoke- free and thus smells great, but it’s also quiet and not crowded in the least. The indoor and air conditioned corridor to the hotel has moving walkways which get you to the lobby quickly and once there, it’s like being in an upscale condo building.
We had a junior suite on the 36th floor with a fantastic view of the strip and an actual balcony which is rare in Las Vegas. The room was exceptionally large with a king bed and an adjacent living area.
The Aston Waikiki Beach Tower is not to be confused with the inferior Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Remember that this property has the word “tower” in it and not “hotel” or you could end up at the wrong location. Finding the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower was difficult because the unusually tiny entrance was impossible to see. It wasn’t on the main street that the GPS says it’s on. You actually have to turn onto Lili Uokalani and then keep your eyes open WIDE because the sign and entrance are small. In fact, we passed it the first time and had to go around the block.
Climbing Diamond Head is something you must do if you are visiting Oahu. Get there early to avoid crowds. The hike to the summit was rather lengthy and for us, was made more difficult by the fact that it had rained all morning before we arrived. The rocky ground had become slippery and we almost fell several times but I am still glad we went.