Sunday, December 31, 2006

Hotel: Radisson Valley Forge

City: King of Prussia, PA
Chain: Radisson
Property: Radisson Valley Forge
Address: 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Phone Number: 610-768-3222

Check Out: December 31, 2006

7 stars out of 10

Seems like I've looked at this hotel most of my life.

In high school the hotel include a two screen movie theater that was much larger and nicer than the ones in Pottstown. It was much more of an adventure going to the movies there. Over the years the complex added an office building and replaced the movie theater with a convention center of some kind. Still very recognizable to be with its distinctive cylinder shape, but quite different than 30 years ago.

The round cross section creates somewhat pie shaped rooms. So, the rooms are cramped near the door, and the bathrooms are kind of small. But the room area is nice. There is a little balcony long since sealed up, and depending on the side of the building your room is on you're either looking at a parking lot or you get a sense of the rolling hills of Valley Forge. Over the highway.

One major warning - avoid the "fantasy suites". The top floor is a series of rooms each with a "theme" of over the top decorations. This floor doesn't feel like it was meant to have rooms - you have to walk up steps after getting off at the top floor. My guess is that these used to be two floor suites or something from the floor below since it doesn't make sense that you would walk up a floor to get in the room. The themes are silly, in a Poconos way, although kids probably think its great to be in the spaceman room or something. But the rooms have no windows to the outside and the furnishings are more style than comfort.

The regular rooms are fine. The resturant was OK, and if you don't like it, King of Prussia mall is over the hill.


  • Safety: 1 - you're out away from everything.
  • Dining: 1
  • Bar: 1 (separate bar)
  • Internet: 1 (pay per day)
  • Wireless in Common Areas: 0 (I think)
  • Work Space, Power: 1 (except top floor)
  • Shower: 1
  • Air Conditioning, Bed: 1
  • Common Areas: 1
Total: 7


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Last Visit: December 31, 2006 ($118 a night)

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Restaurant: Daily News, Bethesda MD

Bethesda Metro Center,
Bethesda, MD

Nice place sitting in the middle of causal and nice. The menu is varied, and the decor is booths with dark wood. I've been here a few times for lunch, this was the first time for dinner, and the service was good. Salmon was cooked right, and the Chicken Marsala was very good, although serviced with mashed potatoes was a little different. Bar is well stocked - Hendricks martini was poured well.