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+1 on Hampton recommendations. You get what you pay for and usually it's not that much more for the comfort and cleanliness. We always look for them when there are no nearby Hyatts.

 

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The thing about Hyatt and Hilton is that they're primarily luxury chains, and Hyatt Place and Hampton respectively are their "budget" brands. That's far different from budget chains like Wyndham and Choice trying to do an "upscale" brand. They can do it, but it's fundamentally a different mindset.

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Truth. We primarily stay at Hyatt, just because we stay for free. Even the Hyatt Place hotels are great, though. Ironically, the Hyatt Place hotels offer a really good hot breakfast, where the Hyatt House and Hyatt Regencies do not, despite being incredibly nice.

 

Hamptons and Holiday Inn hotels are some of our go to hotels if no Hyatts are around. All three provide for great stays for those looking to spend a little more.

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^ Based on your recommendations and the fact that my companies preference is Hampton Inn when I travel for business, I recently applied for the HHonors American Express credit card (should be getting it any day now). It's not Hyatt obviously, but I figure that I can get more points with the Hilton card throwing in my business travel.

 

I figured why not? I (like you) pay my card off in full every month and Wells Fargo has slowly been taking their perks away, so I am ditching that one for this one in order to stock up on points for free rooms like you and your GF do.

 

Thanks for steering me in that direction, Zach!

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^ Did they offer a card with an annual fee? If that's an option, you rack up points a lot quicker and it usually pays for itself in no time. We thought about going with that card at one time, seeing as how they have so many more options. I can't remember the specifics of the card, but it seemed like a really great alternative. We just decided to stick with our card since it's worked well for us for so long. I would definitely like to hear how this card works out for you guys.

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+1 on Hampton recommendations. You get what you pay for and usually it's not that much more for the comfort and cleanliness. We always look for them when there are no nearby Hyatts.

 

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I'm a hotel snob too. I've been a Hilton customer for a very long time but my favorite hotel right now is the Drury Inn, and there are 2 somewhat close to Kings Island right off 75 in Middletown, OH and Sharonville, OH. Free soda and free popcorn during your stay, as much as you want! Easily the best value for your money!

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I have never stayed at a Drury Inn, but have heard good things about them.

 

If they had free BEER and popcorn, it would automatically be my new fave hotel chain.

 

All I envision with free soda is a bunch of kids hopped up on Mountain Dew screaming and running around the entire hotel in a caffeine-buzzed state driving everyone bonkers - with the exception of the parents that have probably locked them out of the room. lol

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Anybody know how long it takes to drive from dollywood to kings island? I am doing a mini roadtrip may 4-6 after a beer conference in nashville.

i plan to go to dollywood the friday morning and then head to kings island. I figure pigeon forge is a nice little town to get behind you before settling down for the night.

 

I may try to stay in cincinatti and visit some breweries friday night and head to kings island for ert in the morning. Would it be reasonable to think heading out of town during morning rush would be ok?

 

Sunday i will try to get to kentucky kingdom or holiday world before returning via nashville.

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Anybody know how long it takes to drive from dollywood to kings island? I am doing a mini roadtrip may 4-6 after a beer conference in nashville.

i plan to go to dollywood the friday morning and then head to kings island. I figure pigeon forge is a nice little town to get behind you before settling down for the night.

 

I may try to stay in cincinatti and visit some breweries friday night and head to kings island for ert in the morning. Would it be reasonable to think heading out of town during morning rush would be ok?

 

Sunday i will try to get to kentucky kingdom or holiday world before returning via nashville.

 

 

About 4 1/2 hours.

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I have never stayed at a Drury Inn, but have heard good things about them.

 

If they had free BEER and popcorn, it would automatically be my new fave hotel chain.

 

All I envision with free soda is a bunch of kids hopped up on Mountain Dew screaming and running around the entire hotel in a caffeine-buzzed state driving everyone bonkers - with the exception of the parents that have probably locked them out of the room. lol

 

I would highly recommend Drury. They manage the free food very well and I've never seen it as a madhouse or with out of control kids. I've stayed at the one in Cincinnati a handful of times, as well as ones in Columbus and St. Louis, and have had nothing but great experiences.

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I already reserved a room at the Super 8 Mason (nonrefundable) for my KI visit in early June, though that was before reading the reviews on here. Is it really as bad as everyone says it is? Personally, I'm not very high-maintenance when it comes to where I sleep. As long as I have a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in, I'm good.

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^Sounds like there are mixed reviews and some of the most recent reviews say that their stay was decent. Hopefully, things have turned around.

 

Anybody know how long it takes to drive from dollywood to kings island? I am doing a mini roadtrip may 4-6 after a beer conference in nashville.

i plan to go to dollywood the friday morning and then head to kings island. I figure pigeon forge is a nice little town to get behind you before settling down for the night.

 

I may try to stay in cincinatti and visit some breweries friday night and head to kings island for ert in the morning. Would it be reasonable to think heading out of town during morning rush would be ok?

 

Sunday i will try to get to kentucky kingdom or holiday world before returning via nashville.

 

If you like tourist traps on 6-8 lane highways then Pigeon Forge is for you. It's not my style and I consider it a bit obnoxious. Gatlinburg is still a little touristy for my tastes, but we thought it was a lot nicer and a lot less trashy. (just our opinion) Gatlinburg also has Smoky Mountain brewery which has good food and beer, as well as Ol' Smokie and some of the other complimentary moonshine tasting spots.

 

As for finding distance, I do it constantly. The easiest way I've was just to google "Distance from XXXX to XXXX" and it usually includes drive time.

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If they had free BEER and popcorn, it would automatically be my new fave hotel chain.

 

They do; the 5:30 Kickback includes free booze! At least where it's legal; local laws get in the way in some places. Where they can get away with it, three drinks (wine, beer, or cocktails) are free. The one I've stayed at in Pittsburgh (and loved, and will be staying at again this summer!) is only allowed to offer one drink free, and two more at 75 cents each; it's possible some cities might not allow it at all.

 

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They used to give 1 free cocktail per adult per night. The menu was limited, but hey, free booze, right? That's been replaced by the 5:30 Kickback, which is soup and salad only. Still a great perk, just not the unbelievable perk it used to be.

 

The one I've stayed had full meals, and multiple options for them every night, as of last summer. According to their website that's still the case.

 

Slightly off topic, but awesome, the one in Pittsburgh is also in an old federal bank building, and the meeting and banquet space is inside where the vaults were, with the original vault doors intact.

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IMO, it's damn near impossible to beat a Drury hotel if there's one in the area.

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I already reserved a room at the Super 8 Mason (nonrefundable) for my KI visit in early June, though that was before reading the reviews on here. Is it really as bad as everyone says it is? Personally, I'm not very high-maintenance when it comes to where I sleep. As long as I have a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in, I'm good.

 

NO.

 

It seems to have had a bad past, perhaps, and has now gotten caught in a vortex of perpetual negativity. But my stay with my kids last year was great, and even my earlier stay wasn't horrible. You sound like you're not a hotel snob like a lot of these peeps on here ( ), so I'm sure you'll be pleased with it!

 

Having said that, on the other end of the spectrum, I need to chime in on the Drury Inn conversation! I just stayed in one for the first time, this past Saturday into Sunday, and it blew my mind away! Best hotel I've ever stayed in, and I just stayed in the Motor City Casino Hotel the weekend before (though that was an amazing hotel experience as well!) Apparently we have cool liquor laws here in MI, or at least in there in Troy where the hotel was, because the 5:30 kickback DID feature 3 free alcoholic beverages! In addition to that, the food selections were pretty substantial, with hot dogs, nachos, chili, a yummy pasta dish, and something else good that I'm forgetting for the moment! And that's in addition to Pop and Popcorn all the time! So I guess what I'm saying is, I may not have been a hotel snob before, but my Drury experience may just have made me one! My girlfriend and I have also become suckers for rooms with jetted tubs - totally worth the extra expense!

 

So, I suppose I'll be looking for good deals (like I got this past weekend) on Expedia for Drury Inn's when I'm going to amusement parks here in the future!

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Great to hear all of the good things about Drury as I know that they have one across the street from Canada's Wonderland too.

 

Just got my AE Hilton Honors card yesterday, so it's likely Hampton Inn's for us for the majority of our hotel stays.

 

And Zach - it is a no annual fee card and not just introductory for one year!

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I've stayed at the Super 8 twice (two nights, then just one the next stay), the last two summers and I found it to be of great value. My room was clean and I liked the large outdoor pool area (and that the pool stays open late). It's also nice that you can walk to the sports bar from the parking lot after a long day at the park, get some drinks, then just walk back to your room.

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You sound like you're not a hotel snob like a lot of these peeps on here ( ), so I'm sure you'll be pleased with it!

Guilty... I am glad to hear the Super 8 has made a turn-around, since it will give members a cheaper place to stay.

 

Phil, if they do offer an annual payment card, I've look into it. Sometimes the more you pay, the quicker you build up points, but it always pays for itself ten fold. I think our card is between $75-100 per year for renewal. How much was your introductory cost?

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