Lodging, like rental housing, in university towns are in much demand during part of the year. Sometimes you can be picky and sometimes you just can’t. Our travel was paid for out of a federal grant, so we get good rates for nice hotels, but that doesn’t mean that we necessarily choose the locations that are the most expensive hotel in town.
This is one of those that I would consider to be somewhere in the middle. You are not going to walk in and be blown away by the elegance, but on the other hand, it is an inviting and pleasant place to spend a week learning with friends.
Several amenities make this a comfortable place. The most obvious is the even bigger sign for the restaurant, Caffé Italia. The food was great, reasonable, and twins, Karen and Christy, took care of us the whole time.
It literally was just a step away.
Another major advantage was the nice setting outdoors. The pool was clean and inviting, though most of us never actually got into the pool.
The evenings were the perfect temperature, let me clarify, about 80 degrees. Bugs were scarce, and there was always an assortment of food and beverages. Ok in all fairness, snacks and drinks were not included in the price of the hotel even though a help-yourself breakfast was included.
During the day, when we were all leaving or gone to class, the pool area was pretty subdued. Again in all fairness, I was gone in the afternoon when the pool area might be the most popular.
If you faced the back of the complex and looked right, there was a conference room which we never used. We had all our informal meetings around the pool, and our formal meetings were at U.C. Davis, which was a 15 minute walk from the Inn.
Just beyond the conference area was the back gate, and across the street from that was an entrance to the bike path, which I will write about at another time. In Davis the University Bike Path is quite a famous feature, and is well used.
The rooms were spacious and comfortable. A couple of women said the bed was too hard. The bed felt comfortable to me. I had a nice suite, but the weather was too nice to invite people to stay inside.
What was nice about the bedroom was that you could open the door and have a breeze go all the way through the room. It added a lot of light as well. The rooms were pretty dark. the refrigerator was not packed with expensive cheeses and other items for purchase. Several people brought home leftover dinner or breakfast so that was handy.
The bathroom was adequate, not fancy. It was nice that it had a bathtub, and the sink was outside of the bathroom itself, so more than one person could stay there and be comfortable.
All in all I would recommend this site. There is one thing about Davis that you can’t escape no matter how much you pay for a room, and that is the train. the whistles blow late at night and early in the morning, so if you like trains, you are in the right town. If not, well…