My BooBuzz Weekend (novel-length with pics)

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Thursday, October 26, 2006 4:55 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar I've stayed off property two times in my life at CP - 1995 and 1996.

In 1995 we stayed at the Sheraton and it was fine. Nothing great, nothing horrible. I don't even know if it's still there or changed brands or whatnot.

In 1996 we stayed at the Mecca Motel and had easily one of the three worst rooms we've ever gotten in our lives. SO much so that we skipped out on our 4-day reservation after the first night and just found the cheapest place we could for the rest of the stay. (which wasn't any better, but cost a lot less) It's been 10 years though, so maybe it's gotten better in the meantime.

Since then it's been on-property every time.

(see, there was a time that Gonch couldn't afford to be a hotel snob :) )

Thursday, October 26, 2006 9:56 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar ^Nothing could be any worse than the Budget Inn, or the Rodeway Inn North.


Friday, October 27, 2006 8:56 AM
CPLady's avatar I was once decieved by the Budget Inn which had a complete makeover...or appeared to. They just redid the facade. The room was dank and musty, the AC unit rattled and the linens, carpeting and bathroom were gross.

I've never had a bad stay/room at either of the Hamptons (which provide a very decent breakfast as part of your stay) nor at the Red Roof. The newer Comfort Inn near Route 2 wasn't bad either.

Breakers Express is okay, but if I'm going to be off point anyway, I'd rather just hit the Hampton or Red Roof for a similar room with a lower price.

I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead

Friday, October 27, 2006 5:53 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar ^That almost sounds like our experience with Budget Inn. In addition to that there was NO electricity in the hallways, which meant no lighting.

We also had to change rooms because one of the beds had an ant problem. Yikes!


Tuesday, October 31, 2006 1:34 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar If anyone's interested, I got the video from BooBuzz weekend up on my site. (nothing boobuzzy or halloweeny - all coaster footage)

I also added it to YouTube this past weekend - it looks like hell (YT screws up the aspect ratio and upsizes, lowering image quality) - but it's a chance to sample before you spend the time downloading the original. :)

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 9:29 AM
Jeff's avatar Let the Satanic "Coaster Image... dot com" jokes begin!

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006 11:23 AM
There used to be this one hotel that we stayed at "The Greentree Inn" which was right at the entrance to the causeway (across the street from the Radisson). It was cool because there was a bowling alley in the hotel. But the last time I stayed there was back in 1990. I know that it has changed names now (to what I dont know). The last time I was @ CP I stayed @ Sandcastle. And though the room was overpriced compared to other rooms I've stayed in, Gonch is right, the convience is worth the cost. If (when) I ever make it back out to CP, I'll likely try and get Sandcastle again.
lata, jeremy
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Tuesday, October 31, 2006 1:34 PM
Boobuzzy... I like that. That's a word we should all add to our vocabularies.

Example: "Well, you're looking mighty boobuzzy today."

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 2:48 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar I'm going to tell my doctor I'm feeling a little boobuzzy next time I see him. :)

The last time I was @ CP I stayed @ Sandcastle. And though the room was overpriced compared to other rooms I've stayed in, Gonch is right, the convience is worth the cost. If (when) I ever make it back out to CP, I'll likely try and get Sandcastle again.

First let me qualify this by saying I haven't stayed at Sandcastle for something like 3 or 4 years now, but with that said, I think Sandcastle might just offer the best 'bang for the buck' as far as the on-property resorts go. The rooms were a bit on the run-down side the last time we were there, but the price is on the lower end of things and the rooms are capable of handling 6 guests.

You can go cheaper in the old Breakers section, but those rooms can be downright crappy. The new Breakers is nicer, but more costly for the same amount of room. Lighthouse Point was on the pricey side too (compared to Sandcastle), but I felt like I was getting what I paid for more than the resorts - plus, I seem to appreciate that whole 'privacy' thing more and more as time goes on.

I dunno what my point is. I think the best bet in terms of cost/value is quite possible Sandcastle Suites when it comes to choosing a place on CP porperty.

With that said, I'll probably be at Lighthouse Point from here on when overnight at CP is a must.

Let the Satanic "Coaster Image... dot com" jokes begin!

Play it backwards and it says good things... about puppies and love and the environment. ;)

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 3:36 PM
I'll throw in the "Snoopy Rooms" in Breakers Tower as a decent alternative. The soft goods are a bit newer, and I found the room overall to be a bit more pleasant than the rooms in Breakers East. We spent closing weekend there, and it was really quite nice. Plus, a bit more biased towards the families-with-young-kids, which makes the floor a bit quieter than your average Breakers floor.

While Sandcastle is a decent price, it hasn't worn well. At all.

Our favorite on-point alternative is still the Lighthouse Point cottages, for the whole privacy thing for the parents and the loft action for the kids.

We've also been spending more time at Castaway Bay recently, and you can sometimes find some really good deals there. Heck, I just reserved a Saturday night in early December there for a mere $130. I felt just a bit sleazy booking the room for such a small rate, but not so much that I didn't go ahead and book the room.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 5:58 PM
Yeah, but now you're committed to being in Sandusky in December =].
PlaceHolder for Castor & Pollux

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 10:19 PM
The only downside I see with the Lighthouse Point cabins is the limited hot water supply. I can drain that tank just taking a shower for myself, let alone other people waiting in line for it... (Admittedly I was there last October and it was freezing out, so I took a long hot shower.)

"You seem healthy. So much for voodoo."

Wednesday, November 1, 2006 9:13 AM

Yeah, but now you're committed to being in Sandusky in December

Beats my snow-covered house. ;)

*** Edited 11/1/2006 2:14:13 PM UTC by Brian Noble***

Saturday, November 11, 2006 1:01 AM
Hey Gonch we shared the smoking section during the lunch. It was weird hearing your voice not sitting in front of my computer and drinking a cup of coffee(a sort of ritual while listening to the podcasts). :)

Tina, it was my sister and I who the ride ops begged to get on Dragster and let us enter through the employee exit. I'm pretty sure we were sitting either in front of or behind you guys for a few laps. I was going to mumble "Dragstergasms" under my breath to see if it was really you or not. ;)

Millennium Force Laps-169 **Vertigo Launches-21** Dragster Launches-53
Saturday, November 11, 2006 1:40 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar Ahhh! I was pissed that I forgot to get your screen name.

Now I know. :)


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