Red Roof Inn-Philadelphia Airport

Ok, so I am going to go ahead and give you the heads up. I waited until the last minute to book a hotel for kid3, kid4, and myself when we went on our mini-trip to Philadelphia and New York. I literally booked the hotel in the departing airport during boarding call. (Don’t judge me… )

So, let me say this…. I haven’t been to a Red Roof Inn in years. I have seen online that they have been remodeling and updating their brand and hotels, so I decided to be adventurous and try it out.

The area that this hotel is located in is an industrial area, but it was only a couple of minutes drive from the airport. Not really a problem. We got there late, so I wasn’t needing any entertainment. But I will say that there are not many food choices within walking distance. So a car would really be needed. We drove over to Wendy’s around the corner. That only took about 8 minutes.

Check-in… I dislike checking into any place that has a bullet-proof glass between me and the person. My hearing isn’t the greatest. And it makes me feel unsafe. If you don’t feel safe enough to check me in the lobby, should I feel safe enough to stay at your hotel? But it’s late….. So, I check in. The front desk lady was okay. Nothing to brag about. Nothing to really complain about either.. She was who she was.

So we get to the room in this 100% smoke free hotel. Two beds. Check….

Ummmm… wait a minute…… why are these beds so small? Ohhhh…. Two DOUBLE beds… probably about the size of a full size bed. Can I get mad about it? Not really, because the website didn’t say two queens or anything. So I wasn’t misled.

But what was that smell? Oh… that? The smell of something being sprayed to cover up the smell of smoke… Grrrrr…… Did I complain? No… because again… it was late.. We were on the other side of the hotel… I didn’t want to pack the car up again, got downstairs, get another room, drag the stuff back upstairs… blah blah… You get the point…

The room was tidy but not really clean. The bathroom was extremely small. But we made it work.

I liked that they had plenty of places to charge electronic devices.. Considering that I was traveling with teens.

The next morning…. We are preparing to get ready to check out… We pack up everything and head to the elevator.. There were some interesting looking characters in the hallway. And there were some other hanging out along the front. It seemed like they knew each other. But they didn’t say anything to us, so I left it alone. The staff that were present during check out were very friendly and made the check out process quick and effortless.

Follow up survey: So a few days later, the standard “how was your stay” email arrived in my inbox. I really like to take the time to fill these out, because this is how the company really finds out how they are doing. When you complain to someone at the front desk, it might not go to upper management. So fill out the survey so they know what’s going on. Back on topic……I filled it out and got a response back. The response back is what made me say I would visit the Red Roof franchise again. Apologies were made and my issues were addressed.

Would I stay at this particular hotel location again…? No…. It is really better suited for maybe truck drivers. Not hardly a family hotel.

Would I give Red Roof another try? I think I will.

 

****Side note: My daughter said the hotel reminded her of the ones in the Lifetime movies that the women stayed at when they were on the run… *****

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My experience with Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines is an airline that I have never used before, but they always have amazing sales. So before I recommended them to clients, I felt the need to check them out. I can’t send them on an airline that might be b%&*@#!t. My youngest daughter asked to go up to NY and I needed to go check on my grandmother, so I felt like it was the perfect time to try them out.

I ventured onto Frontier’s website to see what specials they had that week, and I saw that I could get three round-trip tickets to Philadelphia from Charleston for $165 total. Say no more! $165 for three flights is the cheapest I have ever paid. Actually, my cheapest flight before this was $110 Savannah to JFK round-trip for one, and I was excited about that! That was also a non-stop flight.

Booked the tickets for my youngest daughter, my son, and myself and noticed there were all kinds of upgrades and options. So the first option was for Discount Den. It was $49 for a year membership and they give you all these reasons why it’s great. Initially I thought that I didn’t want to pay for a year membership to get discounts for an airline that I had no experience with, BUT I ended up getting it because the savings on that flight was the same amount of the membership. So I might as well, right? The bonus of the Discount Den is that usually the sale prices are lower for Discount Den members AND you can book up to six passengers at that price as long as you are one of the passengers. That works, right? RIGHT

Next hurdle was about baggage. So, with regular coach, most airlines allow one carry-on and one personal item. But with with a couple of airlines that have Basic Economy rates, you don’t get a carry-on either. Well, Frontier allows you one free personal item. But not a carry-on. It is definitely cheaper to pay for your baggage at the time of booking. But did I do that? Of course not…. Makes too much sense.. Lol. I was debating which was the best way to handle luggage for the three of us. Finally decided that everyone would pack in their overnight bag and we would put all the overnight bags in one suitcase and check one bag. AWESOME! Mission accomplished. Additional note: Make sure you pay for baggage online BEFORE you arrive at the airport. If you get it at the gate or airport…. *sigh* the cost is going to eat up your savings.

Seats…… okay so I decided to pay the extra fee before flying, because I was traveling with my kids, and I wanted all of us sitting together. Would I have done this if flying solo? Depends on how long the flight is. I selected the stretch seating for the flight up and regular seats on the way back, so that I could compare the two. The stretch seating gave me more than enough room to stretch my legs out. The regular seating on the way back was like typical regular airline seats. Squished. Lol.. I longed for the stretch seating on the way back, but I am sure it was because of the comfort that I had on the way up.

Overall, I was impressed with Frontier airlines. I would definitely use them again.

I plan to put the sales that I think are the best on social media, so be sure to follow me to stay updated on them!

XOXO The Travel Agent Lady

Why Use Cammi Cruises & Travel ?

Hi, I am Cammi with Cammi Cruises & Travel. Most people refer to me as “The Travel Agent Lady”.

I specialize in international vacations, all-inclusive packages, travel for social groups, and tour groups for multi-generational families and other groups of all sizes. There has been a lot of talks lately on why someone would use a travel agent when they could go to one of the multiple travel sites to book their vacation. I figured I would give you a little insight on why you should book with me.

 

  • I give personalized service based on you! When you contact me to book your vacation, I do NOT send you to a booking engine to book. Don’t know where you want to go? Not sure which resort you want to stay at? These are things that I save you time with. I narrow down options so that you don’t get overwhelmed with the numerous things available. I ask a series of questions to find out your needs and make recommendations customized to fit you. I call it a custom-tailored vacation!
  • When there is group travel and family travel, most people don’t want to deal with the financial aspect of the trip with their families. They rather have someone on the outside handle it so that there is no question of what would happen. Also with group travel, there are quite a bit of planning involved that most people don’t have the time to do. I help you with all of this.
  • Travel is my passion.  I love what I do.  I have taken countless hours to become certified by many of the resorts, hotels, destinations and cruise lines to remain informed and up to date. By doing this, I am able to make informed recommendations.  I am on top of trending topics of travel to ensure my clients get the best vacation.
  • I am a resource.  Cammi Cruises & Travel is a one-stop shop! I will not only assist you with planning your vacation but if you need assistance with other things like packing, applying for passports, weather at your destination, customs in the area that you are traveling. I am at your service!
  • I am there when you need me. While you are traveling, I am available for you in in case of emergency. You can give me a call while you are traveling, and I will assist you with any problems that you have. Enjoy your time away, let Cammi Cruises do the work.

 

 

Listen…. We all work hard day in and day out.You should make that work worth it and give yourself something to look forward to. Let Cammi Cruises & Travel give you that ideal vacation that you deserve.

 

Ciao,

Cammi
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