For my latest visit to Dayton, I was looking for a hotel in downtown so I could walk to the Dayton Dragons baseball game (read my visit to the ballpark). The Crowne Plaza Dayton was the perfect choice for a downtown hotel. It is two-thirds of a mile to Fifth Third Field, one-third of a mile to the Oregon District, and two-thirds of a mile to RiverScape MetroPark. The hotel is a five-minute drive to the University of Dayton, a fifteen-minute drive to Wright State University, and a twenty-minute drive to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. It is a 15-minute drive to Dayton International Airport and the hotel offers a free airport shuttle.
Single king guestroom
Traveling by myself, I booked a single king guestroom. Despite my very large duffel bag, a carry-on suitcase, and a computer bag I had plenty of space in the room. The desk was not too large, but was spacious enough for me to use my laptop without feeling cramped. The king-size bed was comfortable and the pillow options perfect.
The bathroom was the one space in the room that was a bit cramped. Whether traveling by yourself or with another person, the bathroom has ample counter space. The bathtub/shower combination was standard size, which met my needs. However, I expected a slightly larger shower when booking a king guestroom.
The Crowne Plaza Dayton offers valet parking for $15 per night. Self-parking is available for free in the Dayton Transportation Parking Center behind the hotel on South Jefferson Street. A skywalk connects the parking garage to the hotel and the Dayton Convention Center.
Although I did not take advantage of it, the hotel has a small fitness center on the first floor. The fitness center is accessible at all times with a room key. Featured equipment includes treadmills, Nautilus strength equipment, stair steppers, and stationary bicycles.
View 162 is the hotel’s on-site restaurant. It is on the top floor and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner (see menus). There is also a lounge at the top, which offers panoramic views of downtown. Due to convenience, I opted to have breakfast at the hotel. The breakfast options include a breakfast buffet, pancakes, waffles, omelets, and more. I ordered a classic ham and cheddar omelet, which came with a side of hash browns and a choice of toast. The three-egg omelet was cooked perfectly, and was a good value for $9.
Recapping the experience
The Crowne Plaza Dayton has a great central location for visitors to Dayton. People can easily drive to places farther out and walk to several sightseeing, eating, and entertainment spots in downtown. The room was clean and comfortable. The front desk service was well-informed and friendly from my arrival to my departure. Whether visiting town for business or pleasure, the hotel is ideal for either traveling style.
Disclosure: I received a media rate for my one-night stay at the Crowne Plaza Dayton courtesy of the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau. As usual, all words and opinions are my own.