It would be fair to label me a Funk Fest groupie, I’ll take that. This spring I’ve been to three concerts over the span of two states and three cities. There’s one artist (who happens to be my favorite) that I’ve been fortunate to see in each city, and even had the chance to meet (if I must brag). I kicked off being a pseudo roadie in St Petersburg, made my way up to the east coast to Jacksonville and then finally crossed state lines to see the Atlanta offering. If I had to pick a favorite stop, it would be Jacksonville. The evening’s weather couldn’t have been better – a perfect Florida 80 degree balmy night set right on the water at Metropolitan Park.
I digress, this post isn’t about the awesome concert (where I got to see a childhood crush, New Edition perform), it’s about the experience at the Crowne Plaza. This property sits right on the St. Johns River which cuts through downtown. Situated in the heart of the city, it didn’t take long to get from the venue or to The Landing, a popular shopping and dining area, right across the river.
After the concert, we were hungry and tired yet elated when we found ‘home’ for the night. However the restaurant, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, had just closed, so we had to venture out to find food. Conveniently, as I mentioned earlier The Landing was less than a 7 minute drive away, and we were able to grab midnight snacks before heading to bed.
Based on the style of the hotel, it looks like the property had been there for a number of years, possibly under another flagship. Not to fret though, the rooms were standard and comfortable, but if I have to select the property’s one best feature, it would be it’s staff. Everyone was gracious, overly helpful and engaging…so much so that it stood out.
The Crowne Plaza Jacksonville is for you if:
You are in town for a Jacksonville Jaguars game, concert, or the storied Florida – Georgia game. The location can’t be beat. The hotel is close enough to the stadium and and downtown. I also loved that it was ‘right across the way’ from The Landing. Apparently, you can take a water taxi for a minimal charge to The Landing from the Riverwalk where the hotel sits.
You are solo or with family. The hotel room was comfortable enough to fit a small family and sizable enough for one to enjoy a stay. The staff was also good at remembering when you came and went, so if you are traveling alone, I would think this would help breed a sense of security that some staff are friendly enough to remember faces.
You love the water. If you are like me and enjoy the water immensely (hey a water faucet makes me happy), then you’ll enjoy your time at the Crowne Plaza. I was rushing to hit the road the next morning and I didn’t venture out to see the pool that faces the river, but looking at the hotel from the other side of the St. Johns, you’ll find a beautiful view. Either way you slice it, no matter what side of the river you are on, you’ll enjoy the scenery and appreciate the relaxed, calming St. Johns waters.
Yay or Nay – would you consider staying at this hotel?