Not Too Bad... A review of DoubleTree by Hilton Bakersfield
We stayed one night in July 2005. Got a $65 rate on Priceline.
First, the good. The hotel is right off Highway 99 and surprisingly quiet, assuming you get a non-freeway facing room. Ours faced the inner courtyard/pool area, which has a large grassy lawn. If we stayed here again, I'd request a courtyard room on the lower floor but away from the pool--that way, you can have relative quiet but just walk out onto the lawn and off to the pool. The pool is large and clean, but was very full on a Saturday night. Our rooms were large and well appointed. The on-site restaurant had reasonable food at reasonable prices. They have a gift shop and a bar/lounge.
Now, the not so good. This is a big hotel and laid out kind of strange--it was hard at times to find your way around. It is still undergoing renovation. Our room and general area were not being worked on, but the construction is inescapable. I think that parking there is normally pretty easy, but the construction company has taken up LOTS of parking spaces with construction materials and storage containers. It was downright difficult to park while we were there. The elevator in our building was "papered" with brown cardboard-like material. When I first got in it, I thought I was in the freight elevator...but no. In every building, there was at least one huge cardboard box (perhaps containing a desk?) sitting in the hallway. I mean, come on! Get it in a room, or find a different place to store it.
All in all, I would stay here again. This will be a very nice hotel once the construction is done.