With my flight from New York arriving from San Francisco a bit early, I had a 24.5 hour layover at SFO. After the Club Carlson 50k promotion went live, I registered and began looking for a chance to stop by a Radisson to participate in the promotion. Even as I plan to use the points towards a night for a substantially more expensive hotel abroad, I couldn’t bring myself to mattress run locally (even with the $100/nt rate that showed up at the Radisson Lexington in December). Since I needed to overnight in the Bay Area, I chose to stay at the Radisson San Francisco Airport Bay Front hotel.
I “splurged” and spent $5 at the time of booking for a bay view room.
I’ve come to set a few minimum standards with my hotel stays. I want a comfortable bed. I want a fast internet connection. I want peace and quiet for when I’m trying to sleep. For hotels with airport shuttles, I want the shuttle service to be frequent and run during the hours posted (unlike what happened at the aloft Dulles North to me in July).
My shuttle arrived within a few minutes of stepping out of the terminal. Check-in was fast and painless. Upon entering my room, I heard the occupants next door. Since it was 10PM and I had little intention of going to bed right away, this didn’t really bother me as I wanted to catch up on my email and use the internet connection for a bit. Around 1AM PST, my neighbors were still talking and laughing. I wound up calling the front desk and was able to get moved to a new room on a quieter floor.
By the time I called, I had heard four distinct voices next door. As I was leaving, I passed another party of four going into that room carrying several cases of beer into the room. Needless to say, asking for another room was the wisest move I made all trip. With my basic priorities of hotel stays satisfied, I settled in for the night.