The tropical setting beside a golf course makes the Crowne Plaza stand out amid the area's dozens of chain hotels, as most are surrounded my asphalt parking lots. It's perfect for families who want reasonably priced accommodations without feeling like they could be staying anywhere from Amarillo to Chicago. At a minimum 322 square feet, the standard rooms are large enough for two plus luggage and accumulated stuff. Suites are double in size, and executive club level rooms include free continental breakfast in a private lounge. Striped wallpaper, floral prints in gilded frames, and double sinks in the baths add a few stylish touches, and all rooms have balconies or terraces. The pool area, surrounded by palms and flowering bushes, is a pleasant reprieve after busy days. According to Quiet Zone signs by the rooms, housekeeping and maintenance stay away from 9pm to 10am (unless needed) and guests are asked to respect their neighbors--which actually works much of the time. Befitting the luau theme, the Islands restaurants serves pupus and sushi in the evening along with three standard meals. Join the free loyalty program when you check in for free Wi-Fi and other perks.
- Frommer's Staff