Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Rooms Confirmed at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel

On Monday morning I emailed Willie, the Sales and Marketing Director at HoJo's to touch base and let him know how excited we were about our upcoming stay this weekend. I also wanted to check to see what we needed to bring to connect our laptop to their complimentary high-speed internet access that they provide in every room. We were also curious about whether we could connect a VCR to the TV in the room.

Yesterday, I received a very friendly, welcoming reply from him that really set the mood for a great time next week. We were hoping for connecting rooms, but unfortunately they do not have room configurations for two connecting King bed rooms. He did say that his staff has booked us into two King rooms on the same floor in their very best location. The rooms are located in Building 2, which is in the back of the property. All rooms face inward and overlook the quiet pool (as oppposed to the other pool that has the kid's water play area. The building itself is one of the tower buildings, which means it has an elevator. This was important to us, because it is tough to lug all the stuff up even one flight of stairs.

He also gave us great information about what we needed to connect to their high-speed internet (basically a computer with an ethernet card), but also recommended bringing a CAT-5 cable if we wanted to be able to have more flexibility in where we use the computer. Some of the connection boxes are located on the nightstand next to the beds and not always the best location for using a computer. They are currently in the process of converting to wireless internet access.

As far as connecting a VCR in the room, he says we should contact maintenance when we arrive and they'll come up with their special tool to remove the tamper-proof cable from the back of the TV so we can connect our VCR. We won't be doing a lot of TV watching, but thought it would be nice to bring some tapes to watch so we don't get too far behind.


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