2323 Grand Canal Blvd, Stockton, CA 95207
This is where we stayed for during our IFA-VTD west coast world series tournament at the end of July 2014. I am reviewing this hotel as a softball parent.
This was our second time staying at this hotel. If you have read my earlier blog , you knew that I had a bad experience at another hotel in Concord, CA where the walls of the hotel were paper thin. Well Hilton Stockton certainly did not have this problem. First time, I stayed with my daughter on the 3rd floor in a one king bed room. It was nice and spacious and you can see the views of the canal from the balcony. This time we stayed as a family in a 2 double bed room.
The rooms in the bottom floor certainly had taller ceilings than the upper level rooms. Our room this time was right in front of the laundry facility. You know Stockton is not known for its safely, but in this hotel, we felt isolated from the rest of Stockton. First the safe in the room did not work but as soon as we complained to the front desk, they had a maintenance worker come over and change the batteries so that took care of that problem immediately.
The rooms with 2 beds have double beds (not queen beds), this may be a problem for some, but this was okay for us. The rooms were well-appointed and bathroom was clean with basic toiletries. The air conditioning in our room worked great so our sleep was good. You can choose to include breakfast with your room charge. Trust me, the extra $10 is really worth it so you don’t have to go looking for something to eat before rushing off to a game.
The breakfast was the usual continental breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausage, mini Belgian waffles, country potatoes, oatmeal, fruits, assorted cereals with milk, yogurt and assorted muffins. There was coffee and hot tea and orange juice for drinks.
The facility also had a small Starbucks kiosk in case you opt to not include breakfast with your room. There is also a small selection of cold drinks and basic cereal and snacks available to buy in the room next to the front desk. This is where they also sell detergent soap and fabric softener if you need to do laundry during your stay. We had to do laundry (you know softball jerseys need to be washed so we don’t stink bomb the other team 😉 ).
I wish the rooms had at least a small refrigerator, but if you have food or drinks that you want to save you can always take it to the front desk for them to put it in the common refrigerator. There is also a small restaurant/bar in the lounge area next to the breakfast area. They had good club sandwiches and they are open until 11pm. That was very convenient.
The lounge area had couches and tables that parents can sit around and have a talk or play card games with other parents and hang out. I haven’t talked about the most fun part of the hotel, the pool. The kids kind of took over the pool, our entire team was in there having fun. There is also a small hot tub right next to the pool.
On the other side of the pool is a grassy area where our kids practiced with wiffle balls. This worked out great for our team, the only problem was parts of this grassy area was a little soggy from over watering.
Overall this hotel worked great for our softball tournament. It was in a central location right next to plenty of restaurants and stores. We would definitely stay again if we have to stay overnight in Stockton. If your kids have tournaments, do check it out and see if it works for you. Please call Jennifer Lewis at 209-956-1306 or email her at Jen.firstname.lastname@example.org for a great rate. You can call her to get a preferred rate of $99 without breakfast or $109 with breakfast based on availability of rooms.