Monthly Archives: November 2012

Hampton Inn Atlanta Perimeter

This has been one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed at. From the moment we walked in to the moment we left, the hospitality levels were on high. I read a lot of reviews on this hotel, and I don’t remember coming across any negative ones. That factor along distance and pricing were the main reasons why I choose this hotel. I can say that I was quite happy with my decision.

The room was setup up exactly like the pictures I saw online. The room was clean and the linens were too. The bed was comfortable, and the pillows were perfect. I slept quite peacefully. The 2 Queen bed room was pretty spacious, with an in-room refrigerator, desk,  desk chair and lounge chair. The only amenity this room lacked was a microwave, which had to be requested. The bathroom was nice and clean. There was a ton of counter space, which is something that I really need.  The shower/tub combo was clean, and the water got really hot.

The hotel offered a complimentary breakfast. It included a few hot items, cereal, bagels, danishes, coffee, waffles, and juice. Although the food was mediocre, it helped that we didn’t have to look for a place to eat breakfast. Instead we ate at the hotel, and started our day as soon as we pulled out the parking lot.

The hotel was located in close proximity to every attraction we wanted to visit. The longest distance traveled was to Six Flags, which was approximately 30 minutes away. That was definitely a very important factor in choosing this hotel, especially since we wanted to participate in Atlanta’s night life. When returning late, although the parking lot was full, we still managed to find parking in a lighted area. This was important, especially being a female.

The hospitality shown by the hotel personnel was amazing. Everyone was smiling, and willing to help in any manner. They answered any and all questions we had. The personnel would often make suggestions for places to dine, and visit to enhance our experience. With that said, I would recommend this hotel to all those traveling to Atlanta. It’s accommodating to families, extended stays and business trips. 

I am THANKFUL

Thanksgiving is just two days away! I definitely look forward to eating, and spending time with my loved ones. In light of the holiday, I decided to make a list of the top 5 things I am thankful for. Trust me, I have a lot more to be thankful for, but for the purpose of this post, I will limit it to 5.

1. I am thankful for the many blessings and mercy God has shown me in my life.

2. I am thankful for my family. They are my backbone, and have provided me with a strong foundation. Our bond is  impenetrable.

3. I am thankful for my true friends. My true friends are supportive of me, and put in as much effort to preserve our friendship as I do.

4. I am thankful for the young man in my life. Love is a beautiful thing.

5. I am thankful for the necessities in life, i.e. a job, car, home, and food. These are the basic things that so many people take for granted. I don’t. Life is unpredictable, and any of these things can be taken away. Cherish the things you do have, and work hard for the things you don’t.

People who live the most fulfilling lives are the ones who are always rejoicing at what they have. —Richard Carlson

What are some of the things you’re thankful for?

 

Chequers [Atlanta]

Listen here. If you plan to visit Atlanta and want to have brunch, please visit Chequers. This restaurant offers a Sunday brunch for $25. It is definitely worth every penny. The brunch is all you can eat, and drinks (juices) are included too. There were so many things to choose from. They had waffles, creme brulee, sushi, made-to-order omelets, and so much more. Everything tasted very fresh and well-prepared. The buffet was constantly restocked; none of the trays were ever empty.

I ate just about everything they had out. Not really, but the best thing I ate was the Louisiana-style bread pudding. It was so good!! I wish I knew of a local restaurant that makes bread pudding like the one I experienced in Atlanta .

The restaurant is very nice and is comparable to a Maggiano’s type atmosphere. The only downside of the entire experience, was our server. He wasn’t very good. My glass was empty for a significant amount of time. He passed our table several times without asking if we needed anything or if we’d like a refill. It got to the point that we had to ask for a refill. I will say that our table stayed clear of dirty dishes, but that was only because the busser came by often.

Although the service wasn’t the best, the food definitely made up for it. I would highly recommend this restaurant specifically for the Sunday brunch. I Googled Chequers to see if it has other locations and it does, but under partnering names like Devon.

Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles [Atlanta]

I am definitely shaking my head while writing this review. I had high expectations going to this restaurant located in Atalanta. My expectations were met with disappointment.

I ordered a chicken breast, waffle, catfish and grits. The chicken and waffle came out cold. Yuck! My butter didn’t even melt on my waffle. I asked the server to nuke my chicken and waffle, and that’s exactly what she did. Everyone knows what warmed-up fried chicken tastes like; it’s gross. She should have said that she’d have the kitchen make a fresh waffle and chicken breast. After re-receiving my chicken and waffle, I didn’t think there was anything special about them at all. Considering this restaurant is supposed to be known for these two items, I was quite disappointed that it had no flair and was just the average chicken and waffle combination.

The catfish was pretty good though, but the grits were salty. I wish that I had only ordered the catfish and grits because I wasted my money ordering the chicken and waffle. I’ve definitely had better.

The server was okay. She was somewhat attentive to our table; she could have checked on us more often. After the food was delivered, she kept away for quite a while. There was nothing spectacular about her service.

I was really excited to visit this restaurant, mainly because of the names associated with it. However, that’s all this restaurant stood on, its name. This was later confirmed by a resident of Atlanta, who said that people only go there for the name because the food is not all that good. Now, the menu offered a lot of other options. So, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I don’t recommend it. I’d give it another shot, but I would definitely order something else.

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