The one I'm familiar with has a bar/restaurant (apart from the breakfast area). Is that the norm, or an exception?
The norm is that RIs do not have a bar or restaurant. There are many exceptions to this such as having a restaurant attached to the RI or an RI that shares a building/campus with other hotels and have access and signing options. However at least in North America I would say 95% of the RI's that I have stayed at do not.
Thanks - the one in Bellevue, WA has a nice bar and restaurant as an integral part of their hotel, just as a Marriott would. Looking forward to trying their mango burger next time I'm there now that we'll get points for incidentals (sadly 50% here).
That's a big hotel, not your normal Res Inn as you've already noticed. Haven't stayed there for several years, rates are always a bit higher than the AC or Marriott nearby, that plus the half earn on points have steered me away.
Did you get a good rate?
I've managed decent enough rates off-season to pair it with the Hilton the following night, a five minute walk away. It would be a walkable hop to the Sheraton as well. No upgrades, but at check-in once the manager did let me have a bottle of wine as a pantry item.
What I really like down in that area is th Red Lion... it's pretty dated and hard to like but the Red Lions built in that era have a layout around a big pool. They're all the same, it's like reliving my childhood when I stay at one.
The Red Lion in Pendelton Oregon has a view from a bluff over grasslands that I swear rivals any view you can think of and you're not even looking at anything, just grazing land.
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