Hotels near CGA, one more time!! Sorry!!

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by fairwinds, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. fairwinds

    fairwinds Member

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    I know the subject about hotels near CGA comes up alot, but we haven't made our reservations for Parents Weekend yet (yes, we need to get on the ball!), and we weren't real happy with the hotel we stayed at for R-day.

    So, I was wondering if anyone who was really happy/satisfied with their hotel on R-day, would either PM me or post. I'm thinking of the Hilton Garden (I know we won't get the CGA rate this late), because I remember several people recommending it before.

    Sorry for resurrecting this subject, and thanks for any ideas/suggestions you can offer!
     
  2. shellz

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    Hilton Garden Inn, Groton :thumb:
    Clean, Close to CGA, and decent breakfast.
     
  3. MullenLE

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    I go to the USCGA all the time. This is where I stay and it's great:

    SpringHill Suites Mystic Waterford
    401 N. Frontage Rd.
    Waterford, Connecticut 06385 USA
    Phone: 1-860-439-0151
    Fax: 1-860-440-0809
    Toll-free: 1-860-439-0151
     
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    It is approx 1 mile West from the USCGA
     
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    Yep, this is where we stayed too, and will again for Parent Weekend. Great breakfast. We had 2 queens with a sleeper sofa which could probably sleep 6 total if you had to. Nice hot jacuzzi. very close to the academy.
     
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    That is great news, we are booked there tomorrow:shake: DS 1st day of AIM!!
     
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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

    Lesson learned here: Make your reservations as soon as the dates for these important weekends are announced.

    Springhill Suites is completely booked...guess that speaks to its popularity and reputation. Going with the Hilton Garden Inn, thanks, Shellz. Maybe we'll see you there!

    It seems so far away right now, but I know it will come quickly...just like son's senior year flew by. I know time probably isn't flying by right now for him at Swab Summer, but I am hoping he took the opportunity to get to chuch this morning and a cookie or donut.

    Thanks!
     
  9. shellz

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    I am looking forward to meeting you too! Mr. Shellz and Jr. Shellz will be in tow as well. :cool:
     
  10. Stitch626

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    Springhill Suites

    Don't know if I'm giving away a big secret & ruining my chance of booking there for Parents Weekend next year:eek:, but the desk attendant told us last year, that we could book as early as 10 months in advance. That's what I did! We stayed there last year & I put a reminder in my schedule to remind myself in December 2009. I made my reservations back then & went back in Feb 2010 & got it reduced to Coast Guard rates! You have to get earlier reservations if you want a room with two queens and a sleeper sofa!
     
  11. USNA1982BGO

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    ^^^
    Same as us; when we see the calendar posted we book then and there. Most have a cancellation policy to avoid being charged if your plans change :thumb:
     
  12. BruceRTalbot

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    It's not the newest or the most fancy hotel, but we have stayed at the Holiday Inn – New London – (860) 442-0631 several times and never had a bad experience. It's the closest to the academy, has an in-house cocktail lounge and restaurant, and their Coast Guard Academy family discount (In-House Reservations Code ILUCG) is better than Springhill.

    The full list of academy area hotels offering a Coast Guard Academy discount is available at: http://www.uscgaparents.org/pdfs/Hotel_CGA_Discounts_2010.pdf
     
  13. Suzie

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    Trip Report AIM Session I

    When my son attended AIM I, my youngest son and I stayed at the SpringHill Suites ($95 per night plus tax) for 2 days. We then took a high speed Ferry from New London to Block Island and stayed there at a Bed and Breakfast for 2 days. We returned to the "mainland" and stayed at Mystic Marriott for 2 days and then picked up our Aimster and went home. We didn't go back to the SpringHill Suites because they charged $189 for Friday night and the Mystic Marriott charged $101 plus tax.

    SpringHill Suites - $95 per night plus tax, included breakfast, free internet, sleeper sofa, refrigerator, & microwave in every room. The hotel was nice and very clean. Breakfast was o.k., they would run out of things, eggs were o.k., cereal even better!! The waffle maker needed a good cleaning..... Front Desk very friendly and nice. very close to CG academy.

    Mystic Marriott - $101 per night plus tax....Does NOT include breakfast or have free internet, no fridge, no microwave. Even though it did not have these extras it was an extremely nice hotel and very clean.....The bed was absolutely to die for!!! Room actually seemed larger, bathroom was definitely larger. Front Desk very friendly and nice. Pretty close to Academy, jump on hwy and then over bridge and jump off hwy. We didn't eat at hotel, went to McDonalds!!!

    If I go back to New London, I would stay at the Mystic Marriott and eat breakfast somewhere else (breakfast buffet was $$), they did have a office center where you could access internet, but it was nice to be away from internet for a couple of days.. The best part was the great nights sleep....the bed was really to die for!!!

    Oh and if you have the time, definitely go to Block Island, it was really fun....a true New England experience for this Kentucky Mom & son......but we did miss our sweet tea:shake:

    Suzie
     
  14. robin820

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    Hotel alternative

    Last year we booked a 2 br cottage in Niantic through Homeaway.com for less money than we would have spent on a hotel room. We had a kitchen, living room, and even a deck and backyard. It worked out great, and it gave us some space to relax with our cadet. I also brought along some supplies to make him his favorite meal. Most of the time you can negotiate prices with the owners since you are dealing with them directly.
    I have also stayed at the Springhill Suites in Waterford and would recommend it, as well as the Holiday Inn there. Both were very nice and clean.
    The Radisson downtown was OK, but could use a facelift.We stayed there for R-day in 2008 and have not booked there again.
    I WOULD NOT recommend the Ramada Inn in Groton. Had a horrible stay there for Homecoming weekend last year. The hotel is NOT smoke free- our room reeked of cigarette smoke and we found someone else's sock in the sheets, so we were not sure the linens were changed for our stay! They would not move us or refund any of our money because I used Hotwire to book the room.
    Hope this info helps!
     

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