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Park Inn Fresno photos

Park Inn by Radisson Fresno is currently the most western Park Inn hotel in the US for the Carlson Rezidor Hotels Group brand. Park Inn is far more prevalent in Europe. This hotel was the Four Points by Sheraton Fresno, a Starwood hotel, when I stayed here in May 2011.

The Park Inn Fresno property is an older hotel designed as several separate two-story buildings with a total 201 rooms around a central courtyard with a large swimming pool.

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Swimming pool photo from May 2011.

The swimming pool really is the highlight of the property in my opinion.

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Swimming pool photo from May 2011 when hotel was Four Points Fresno.

I arrived late and left early on this Park Inn Fresno hotel stay and I only snapped a few photos outside of the room.

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Park Inn Fresno swimming pool June 2012.

There seemed to be very few changes to the property besides doors with the Park Inn logo. Many of the property photos shown in this article are from my stay at the Four Points Fresno last year.

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The Park Inn logo on the hotel doors and the sign out front were the primary changes I noticed since my stays in May 2011 when this hotel was a Four Points.

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Check-in was easy and the lobby looked the same to me as I remember it last year. Turns out that I had not taken any photos of the lobby from my stay last year. The Park Inn Fresno website has a photo slideshow with images of the lobby, pool, fitness room and Smuggler’s restaurant on site.

I expected a more colorful room based on the Park Inn model showrooms I have seen at the Carlson Rezidor Hotels Group annual conference.

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Park Inn showroom at Carlson Rezidor Hotels Group annual conference 2010.

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The Park Inn bed throw was the primary difference I noticed in the hotel room from last year.

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Photo of Four Points by Sheraton Fresno room in May 2011.

The rooms at the Park Inn Fresno are larger than the average hotel room.

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The recliner chair and the chaise lounge couch are nice features of the extra large rooms.

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Photo of Four Points by Sheraton Fresno room in May 2011.

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The double size desk provides a large work area that can double as a dining space. Internet is complimentary at the hotel, but I had difficulty maintaining adequate browsing speed in the evening.

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There was little difference in the room as a Park Inn compared to when it was a Four Points hotel in 2011.

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Photo of Four Points by Sheraton Fresno room in May 2011.

Rooms offer a vanity area and separate bathroom with combined tub/shower.

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Mini-refrigerator is under vanity counter.

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There are five separate buildings for hotel rooms as I recall. The building I was located in did not have an ice machine. My room key card would not open the doors of any other buildings. Getting ice took about ten minutes of walking around and finally using the ice machine in the main lobby building.

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Waking up at 5am to see there were only three packets of decaffeinated coffee did not settle well with my morning routine. On my way out of the hotel I checked the lobby for full strength coffee. No coffee in the lobby and the Smuggler’s Restaurant was not yet open when I left the hotel.

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A fresh cut flower in the bathroom was a nice touch.

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The fitness center from May 2011.

Last year I stayed in the second floor room above the fitness center and the noise from the exercise equipment carried into my room. My primary complaint from my stays last year at this property when it was a Four Points was the noise from other hotel rooms.

This stay at the Park Inn Fresno was a quiet night in my hotel building.

Parking at the hotel is free. Breakfast at the hotel is not free unless you are Club Carlson Concierge elite (75 nights or 30 stays in a calendar year).

All in all, the Park Inn Fresno has a large pool and a good location off Highway 41, the road to Yosemite National Park. There is a shopping mall and movie theaters across the street.

My stay last week qualified for the Park Inn One + One Club Carlson promotion for 44,000 bonus points with one stay May 22-July 22. I booked this stay for $89 on the Park Inn site and then filed a Carlson Hotels Best Rate Guarantee claim against hotels.com with their $80 rate. My approved Best Rate Guarantee claim reduced the lower hotels.com $80 rate by 25% to $60 for the night.

Paying $60 and earning 46,200 Club Carlson points made this a good value hotel stay for me.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. Wow, the Fresno Park Inn is sooo much nicer than the one in Albuquerque! The Park Inn Albuquerque is high up on my list of worst hotels I’ve ever stayed at.

  2. We had two rooms at the Park Inn ABQ (as Gold Club Carlson members). One had sliding glass doors that opened onto an adjoining hallway rather than windows. The other looked out onto a derelict, covered-over pool area and a rooftop covered in shattered beer bottles. I would not wish a stay at the Park Inn ABQ on anyone!

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