Hearing that there was a water slide, we should have better recognized that there would probably be a large number of children who wanted to have fun.
I was raised to KNOW that one can have fun and respect others at the same time.
Why some parents seem to think it is okay to teach their children that it is acceptable to race back and forth in the hallways is beyond me however, it is one of those things that hotels have very little control over, unless another guest chooses to spend their time to track down the owners of the unruly children.
Upon arrival we hoped to get a room with two queen beds however, we were told that with a 99% occupancy, none of those rooms were available so we graciously accepted the king bed they offered.
The room was very nice and faced the west where we could watch some of the airplanes land and take off.
I was please to note the triple glazed windows which eliminated most of the airport noise (except the very large jets on takeoff).
The room was very nicely laid out and included a couch (sofa bed) and a chair as well as a business desk and chair.
It was nice to see that they also included an outlet on the desk for a laptop as well as a retractable internet cable (in case you chose not to go wireless).
This was the first hotel that provided an in-room coffee maker which allowed the option of one or two cups of coffee.
It may not take long between cups when normally brewing but being able to do both at the same time was a nice touch.
Another interesting touch was that they had real glassware (mugs and glasses) instead of the normal plastic/paper/Styrofoam ones.
The position of the large TV screen was a bit awkward in that it was not centered on either the bed or the couch.
I incorrectly presumed that the position they chose meant it would be equipped so that it could pull out and turn accordingly but this was not the case so, regardless of where one decided to watch from, you had to look at the screen from a sideways angle. A little strange but not the end of the world.
The king bed felt comfortable but both of us woke up with aches indicating this was not the bed for us.
For the most part there was very little noise during the night so we did enjoy that aspect.
The bathroom was very well done.
First they provided a sink in the "anti-room" so that one could wash their hands without disturbing the person using the facilities which we felt was an excellent touch.
Next they reduced the size of the counter and turned the toilet to increase the amount of room and mobility in the bathroom itself.
This was HUGE considering that this was one of the suggestions we had made to each of the previous hotels we had stayed in.
The bath/shower was one large fixture and it was very nicely done.
Someone thought about the fact that a large number of people in the world are tall and they used an adapter to re-position the shower head all the way up to the ceiling.
Ample towels were available on a wicker stand.
One minor drawback was the odor of chlorine that remained in them.
I understand the need to clean and disinfect however, chlorine is toxic and remains one of my pet peeves.
Another great touch was providing bathrobes in the rooms.
I have found this normally reserved for higher-end hotels so it was very enjoyable to lounge around in one.
We had become accustomed to Best Western providing a free breakfast in the morning and were slightly disappointed to learn that this location had discontinued this practice.
We learned that the Skyharbour Grill offered a buffet breakfast so opted to try it.
I will make a separate post about the restaurant but will say here that it was definitely NOT WORTH WHAT THEY CHARGED.
We did pop into the pool area just to see what it was like and were immediately overpowered by my least favourite chemical, chlorine.
I absolutely understand that when large numbers of children are present in a pool, it is often difficult to control the level of toxins they leave behind however, there MUST be a happy medium somewhere and, in my opinion, it should not be anywhere close to the point where it knocks me on the ground.
Regardless, the six people who were using the pool appeared to be enjoying themselves.
Check out was efficient and we were asked if we had parked underground or not (something that was not mentioned or offered at check-in).
The entire facility was remarkably clean; parking lot, entrance, hallways, and room.
There was a rugby pitch immediately to the west and, while we stayed there, several games were being played so that too provided some entertainment. less