The Hampton Inn Uniontown PA is one of the many places to stay in the range of Hilton hotels in the US. The standard of accommodation is often fairly consistent in terms of décor, space and facilities.
I had my first stay at the Hampton Inn Uniontown PA in November 2013 as part of a business trip. I’ve been familiar with the Hampton by Hilton brand since 2005 when I first tried them.
I arrived mid-Sunday evening into Uniontown for what would be close to a week’s stay. In typical fashion of people in this area, one of the two receptionists had a Pittsburgh Steelers top on. (I often find that Steelers fans wear their colours either to work on Friday or over the weekend of a game.)
Checking-in was fairly quick and efficient. A quick swipe of my credit card and a signature then I was away. My booking already had my Hilton Honors card so that was taken care of. It is always a welcome plus to Hampton rewards for my stays.
I got an extra special room at the Hampton Inn Uniontown
I’d specifically booked a room with a microwave so that I could self cater as much as I pleased. I find this gives me more freedom when I travel rather than being forced to eat in restaurants / takeaways all the time.
On entering the room, which was a large hotel room I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was there a microwave but a full kitchenette with a full size fridge/freezer and cooker! There was also small dining room. It was like a self contained flat since the room has an en-suite.
I later found out via Reception that this hotel only has 2 rooms with a kitchenette, one of which was a smoking room (thankfully not my one). So it seems that my opting for a room with a microwave was a good one. In addition it was right at the end of the corridor so it was nice and quiet.
The en-suite was a reasonable size with a lot of towels. The shower was a fixed shower head over a bath tub. There was however a shower curtain which I much prefer to a shower guard.
The main light switch (or so I thought) to the en-suite triggered what sounded like an extractor fan. It was a well hidden fan since I couldn’t see it! This switch alone though did not bring on the main light. Beside the switch was a dial which had to be turned when the switch was on. When I did this a heating light bulb came on. It stayed on until the timer ran down. I think the maximum time you could turn it for was 25 minutes.
There was also a night light plugged into an electrical socket beside the hair dryer. Often this would be sufficient light for a quick trip to the bathroom.
On exploring the bedroom I was excited to see a new feature for me in Hampton Inn hotels. There were two sets of electrical socket units, one by the bed and one by the work desk. Both could accommodate 3 plugs and 2 usb connections. I thought this was great and gave you a lot more flexibility with your devices.
I was even able to connect my iPod to the alarm clock radio and tune into internet radio so I could have the station of my choice.
There was something a little perverse about my room though. Either the floor was not level or the furniture was poorly made. The reason I say this is because the drawers to the two bedside cabinets would slide open of their own accord. Every time I came into the room I would find that the drawers had slid part way open. I would push them closed only to find them slightly open again a few minutes later. Bizarre.
The bedroom included a double wardrobe with iron and ironing board 🙂 There was also a chest of drawers and somewhere to place your suitcase for unpacking. The overall décor of the furniture and the room itself was very pleasant.
The large double bed was also very comfortable, fairly typical of Hampton by Hilton. There were 4 pillows on the bed but I couldn’t really find any of them to be firm enough to be to my liking.
As part of the deal with the Hampton Inn you are able to receive complimentary wifi internet access. Been able to access free wifi often influences my choice hotels. Years ago you needed a code from Reception which changed every week. Now you just record your room number and last name and you have access for a straight 24 hours. The connection also seemed to be reliable even during busy periods.
The Hampton Inn Uniontown PA did disappoint me with the television. It was a good quality flat screen digital TV yet they only offered 34 channels. As a frequent visitor to the US I’ve gradually become a fan of Jim Cramer’s Mad Money on CNBC. Yet for some very bizarre reason this channel was not available. I’ve never come across this before in a Hampton Inn so I must admit to being quite disappointed.
The hotel also had a decent sized swimming pool (open 6am – 10pm) which always seemed to have an attendant present when I passed by. There was also an exercise room with modern equipment.
Another great perk of these mid-range hotels is that the Hampton Inn guarantees with every hotel free breakfast. Okay the Hampton Inn free breakfast is nothing fancy but it is sufficient. There are a range of cereals, juices, hot drinks (primarily coffee, well this is America), muffins, pastries, yoghurt, fruit. Each day there was a selection of three heated products. This often consisted of an egg based product (scrambled egg or some type of omelette) and some meaty products. They were clearly manufactured then heated, which is why I found the scrambled egg to be very dry. Overall though you couldn’t really grumble.
I’m fairly familiar with the Hilton brand of Hampton Inns and this was a pretty good one. Maybe I got lucky with getting the room with a kitchenette, this was a real plus for me. The furniture and space is fabulous as well as a comfy bed. The lack of TV channels was a big disappointment since I’ve come to expect better from the Hampton Inn.
Overall though I enjoyed my stay, the facilities were good. They even serve cookies for free on weekday evenings but get there early before they all go! I’d certainly consider staying again at the Hampton Inn Uniontown PA, I just expect more consistency in the TV channels offered by this big name hotel chain.