Fall 2012 Vacation in California: DoubleTree by Hilton CVG

After landing at CVG and picking up our bags we went outside the terminal building to the hotel shuttle area and waited for our shuttle. Considering how near the hotel is to the airport it was kind of funny that waiting for the shuttle was the longest part. Well, bad timing 😉

After a little lengthier wait and a short ride we left the van outside the DoubleTree hotel. Entering the hotel was a little difficult due to the fact that the shuttle driver tried to help us through the door with the luggage. We could have done that easily by ourselves, but with his well intended help it took quite some time to get in. It can’t be described how he moved back- and forwards, held the door open, stood in the way and so on. He didn’t mean it in any bad way but just wanted to help. Well, he should have trusted us, when we said, we were fine 😉

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Lobby

We finally made it inside and then checking in was a breeze. We were assigned room 256, got our keys and a pair of warm chocolate chip cookies. Mmmh, that delicious smell!

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Ground floor

We found our way through the beautifully designed hallway towards the elevators and took a lift to the second floor.

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Hallway

We walked through the hallway to our room that was spacious and beautiful. Upon entering the room there was a mirror on the right side and a closet on the left side. After the mirror came the door to the nice bathroom. Straight ahead there was a comfortable couch and an ottoman with two tables. After the bathroom you could turn to the right to the sleeping area with the comfortable king size bed with two small side tables.

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Couch and ottoman

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Entrance to room 256

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Living room area

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King size bed

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Bed

Across from the bed was a desk with a comfortable chair and a wall mounted flat screen tv.

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Desk and tv

The bathroom features a single sink with enough space to place our stuff, a toilet, and a shower tub with a glass door. Toiletries were Crabtree & Evelyn brand, Citron with honey and coriander. Our final hotel in these two weeks was the first one that not only offered a shower gel (the other one was the W Silicon Valley), but also a mouthwash. Yes!

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Bathroom

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Bathroom

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Shower

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Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries

After settling into our room we went downstairs again to the hotel’s restaurant Bistro Dannielle to have dinner. The setting was slightly dark but comfortable. There was not much traffic that night and service was very good. We immediately got some water which was refilled without asking.

Karin ordered the Rigatoni Bolognese and a Merlot and I ordered a Yukon Angus burger with fries and a diet coke. My burger was delicious and Karin’s pasta also looked good, though it had a little bit too much tomato sauce and not so much bolognese sauce though it came with meatballs.

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Rigatoni Bolognese

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Angus burger with french fries

After a while I decided to have a margarita. The menu did not mention that different flavors were available so I was a little surprised when our server asked what I would prefer. That was something I did not expect but was happy about. I went for a strawberry margarita since this is my favorite by far.

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Strawberry margarita

That was some nice final dinner for this vacation trip. A nice surprise came point-wise. I wasn’t aware that incidentals like eating at a hotel’s restaurant were fully eligible for earning hotel points. So I earned 10 base points plus 5 bonus points per dollar (as I chose Points&Points) plus 25% bonus points as gold member plus (and that was fantastic) 20 more points per dollar since the DoubleTree participated in the triple points promo of Hilton.

After eating we went back to our room. Though we took a few glances at some of the hotel’s facilities like the fitness center and the pool.

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Gym

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Gym

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Pool

We then had a great sleep in the comfortable king size bed in our room. The next morning we showered, packed our stuff, and checked out. The shuttle brought us to the terminal.

This was a nice hotel.

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