Hotel Hopping

A combination of business and leisure travel recently landed hubby and me in THREE different hotels within ONE week, and all places we had never been before. Daunting? No! Nothing we like better than an adventure, and this was certainly an interesting one at that.  Here are the basic details of the three hotels with my ‘Ginger-Bred’ reviews…

Hotel number 1:  The Seacrest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, MA.  Arrived on a Sunday morning to enjoy the day before working out of my Cape office on Monday…many of my Armenian friends have been coming here for years and spoke highly of it…it is a GREAT location, directly on the beach facing west…

Very basic room, clean and comfortable, facing the ocean.

View from our room was quite nice especially as the sun was setting…

OK.   After you check out Peter’s hat, check out the fellow in the background.  Yeah, many of the clientele here are very ‘casually’ dressed.  Sports logo tee-shirts, tattoos, etc.

GB Rating:  B     The Seacrest is a perfect place for young families or for anyone that likes a mixed, casual crowd of all ages. Not upscale. Great beach.  They have an indoor and outdoor pool, an arcade room, and an oceanfront restaurant (we did not try).   I look forward to bringing my kids and grandkids here later this summer and hope to run into some Armenian friends!

Hotel number 2: The Roslyn Hotel in Roslyn, New York. (Long Island)

After a business meeting at my Garden City office, we stayed here at the recommendation of a friend…supposedly quaint and in a charming town on the ‘Gold Coast’…

Are ya kidding me???  Notice on the lower right hand corner: “a boutique experience”.   I assure you, it was NOT a boutique experience.  In fact, if I was here alone on business I would have left.  Under renovation, but like putting lipstick on a pig.  Musty, dingy, and creepy with the ugliest brown carpeting…

Our room was large and bright enough but it smelled musty.  The lobby and bar were deserted except for a few seedy characters.  The only solution was getting out of there as soon as possible.  Peter’s remark: “I’m just glad it wasn’t me that picked this place.”

GB rating:  F     Obviously I will never return to The Roslyn.   If you need to stay in this part of Long Island, stay at The Garden City Hotel, where I have previously stayed for business.  The rooms are large and lovely with modern, bright bathrooms.  It is a short walk to shops/restaurants, reasonably priced, has a spa, a gym, and a terrific on-site bar/restaurant.  If only…

Hotel number 3:  Gurneys Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa, in the Hamptons!

The third hotel of the week, here strictly for pleasure! I was so excited to be here that I forgot to take a ‘number 3’ pic as we arrived…so here is our room, an oceanfront king with a large deck – simple elegance and definitely upscale. 🙂

This is the view from our room…some say the view isn’t important, but there is nothing nicer than having coffee in your bathrobe on a deck with the sight and sound of the sea…yes please!

GB Rating:  A-     We loved Gurneys and plan to return next year.  It is understated luxury on a gorgeous beach, with everything you could hope for:  spacious room with super comfortable bed, beach bar, indoor bar, gym, spa, indoor and outdoor pools, great food, over-the-top people watching, and only a short drive to amazing shopping in Easthampton or Sag Harbor.  We were there Thursday through Sunday.  On Thursday and Friday it was on the quiet side with a mix of families and middle aged couples…on Saturday the beach scene was an insane mass of millennials like I had never seen before!  With the expanse of the resort you could still find a private spot away from the crowd – but –  if like us – you just join the masses!

You might be wondering why my Gurney’s rating is  A minus, not just an A.   Service.  For such a high-end place you expect top notch service and this was not always the case. When we arrived and our room was not ready, they left our luggage in the hot car.  Nobody offered us a welcoming glass of champagne. Nobody explained the layout of the resort until we asked.  Yeah, I am being picky, but at these prices…right?

Hope you enjoyed our hotel hopping!  Glad to answer any more specific questions and would also like to hear about any recent hotel experiences you have had – good or bad!

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  • Last month we stayed at a Bed and Breakfast in Woodstock, VT. It was nice and clean but I didn’t like it that our private bathroom was across the hall from our room. Our room, by the way was considerably smaller than our bedroom at home. But it was ok because we only spent one night there. Then we went to Rockland, ME for a night – stayed right on the harbor and it was fab. Then on to Bar Harbor. We had stayed in the hotel before, but we weren’t in the main building this time, and I had to travel there to GET ICE? Ummm, what? Anyway, it was right on the water and had beautiful grounds. The restaurant was nice too.


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