Be sure not to miss the other posts in the Build Your Blog Conference 2015 series:
- Attending Build Your Blog Conference 2015
- Build Your Blog Conference: Day 1
- Build Your Blog Conference: Day 2
As promised, today’s post is just about Little America Hotel. In the weeks leading up to the conference, I’d read mixed reviews on the hotel. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I went with an open mind to form my own opinions.
Little America Hotel is the host for the Build Your Blog Conference 2015 (#bybc2015). My original reservation, made around Thanksgiving last year, was for a King Tower Room. Months later when I decided to add another day to my trip a Tower Room wasn’t available, but I was offered a King Garden View room. Boo to having to move, but the upside to this is that I got to experience both types of rooms on the same trip.
The Garden View Rooms are in, what I understand to be, the original part of the hotel. So there wasn’t a way to walk from the lobby to my room without walking outside. Not a big deal in great weather, but I could see this as a downfall when it’s raining or when I travel with the family.
The Garden View Rooms had a quaint, ski lodge vibe going on from the outside that I thought was charming. There are rooms on two floors and be warned there weren’t any elevators. I packed two humongous suitcases and were it not for help, I would have been struggling for a while getting them upstairs. The room keys were reminiscent of old fashioned keys and added a nice touch.
In the spirit of full disclosure, my room had a funky smell when I opened the door, but it wasn’t so bad that I felt the need to complain. A few spritzes of essential oils and the room was fine. One of the nice touches was the separate vanity area outside of the bathroom. Had I been traveling with the hubster, that would have been perfect for allowing us to both get ready.
A Peek Into the Tower
The Coffee Shop
When I arrived at the hotel, I was hungry and tired, so venturing too far was not in the cards for me. I asked the friendly gentleman at the door the best place to get food quickly and he suggested The Coffee Shop right inside the hotel.
The Coffee Shop felt like an upscale diner with just the right blend of modern and nostalgic accents. Each of the waitresses were wearing cute, old-fashioned butter yellow uniforms. The bar had a sweet, soda shoppe feel with jars of straws and an enticing pastry case.
During my stay, I visited for lunch and breakfast on multiple days. Each time the food was exceptional, the portions were hefty and a great value for the price, but most of all the servers were welcoming.
Each setting has a place mat that explains the history and beginnings of Little America Hotel.
“In the 1890’s when S.M. Covey was a young man herding sheep in Wyoming, he became lost in a raging blizzard far from his camp and was forced to spend the night out in the terrible storm. During that long January night, with fifty-mile an hour winds and 40-below temperatures, he dreamed of a warm shelter with a crackling fire and delicious food. In the 1930’s, when S.M saw pictures of Admiral Byrd’s isolated outpost in Antartica called Little America,….”
Oh…you didn’t think I was going to give it all away did you? You’ll have to visit one of the Little America Hotels to learn the rest.
If you’re looking for me today, I’ll be here with a cup of hot chocolate.
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