Return Trip - Visalia Hotel Stay
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On the way back, we ended up at the Best Western Visalia Inn, if only because of its convinient location two blocks north of Highway 198. Much more of a personal and friendly place to stay than than the checkin-checkout factories at the big Visalia California hotels. The receptionist was quite friendly and everything seemed to be functioning smoothly. On the whole, not a bad place for a town like Visalia. A bit small by comparable standards, specially the pool, but if you want convinience and functionality, it offers a perfect location and very discreet staff. The airconditioning takes a bit of time to get going when you come into your room, but the temperature was normal enough by the time I came out of the bathroom. Course, the wife took a bath first, so if you add that time into it, it does take a while...
The Best Western Visalia Inn lies in downtown Visalia, which has, to say the least, seen better days, and the exterior of the hotel, including the parking, didn't really impress either of us. But when you walk in, it seems to be quite well maintained. The best thing I did like about it was the staff going out of their way to help us out with directions and tips for shopping and places to see. I mean, tourists in Visalia generally land up at the Mall and Mooney Grove Park to gawk at the oaks and other attractions, but only the locals know the hidden gems. Most hotel staff don't go out of their way to help out. This one did. The receptionist even sent a small kid with us, as an impromptu guide. Kinda funny how the kid seemed to be conviniently at hand frolicking in the pool. He came in very handy at the farmer's produce market at the Sears Parking lot. Seemed to know just about everyone, and we really enjoyed the visit. All said and done, the small inconviniences at the place were probably worth bearing in return for really being able to Visalia, as the Visalians ( or martians ) see it.