Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Cambria Hotel & Suites -- Plano-Frisco, TX

Get the salmon.  Is that weird to start a hotel review with a food recommendation?  The rooms are the good kind of boring, they have modern climate control, the walk-in shower is fun, the carpet is new, and there's a mini fridge.  (It made noise, so I unplugged it.)  One of the nicest things though, is that they have an actual kitchen -- with an actual "chef" rather than a "cook" -- as well as four local beers on tap.  It's a no-brainer to decide where to do those expense reports.

Colony Wash & Dry -- Plano, TX

Clean.  Open twenty-four hours.  Post office across the street!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sports Page -- Mountain View, CA

You like this place.  Inches from the Google campus, there's a conspicuous absence of entitled tech bros here.  End-of-day debrief with a colleague?  Waiting out traffic with a friend who can't split lanes?  This is the place.

SpringHill Suites, San Jose Airport -- San Jose, CA

Of all the mid-range places I've stayed in the valley, this one works better than most.

In the pro column: the hotel's grass bar is decent, and even has beers on tap.  You can get instant ramen in the lobby, and your room has a microwave.  There's a swimming pool that's not full of rug rats.  It's right by the freeway.  If you don't mind a couple blocks' stumble, there are restaurants and a dive bar a few blocks south by south-east.

In the con column: the in-room coffee makers are old (though there's coffee in the lobby).  The on-site laundry will do a number on your clothes -- like, the "warm" dryer setting is super hot.  And they charge $15 per night for parking.

I say go for it, as long as it doesn't make your commute too bad.  You can split lanes, after all.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bright & Clean Laundromat -- San Carlos, CA

Sure.  Cute table with chairs.  Maybe try the jazz next-door, after.