We stayed here after returning Space A from Hawaii. The hotel is a shuttle ride from the air terminal, and the shuttle was very busy with all of us who, because of a long flight delay, came in to McChord too late to be able to get our rental cars and head home. In addition, the USO at the airport had closed just after our plane landed, so most of us were out of luck going there for anything to eat.
The shuttle got us to the hotel, and the people behind the desk at the hotel were very friendly and efficient, The room was a two-room suite, which was clean and comfortable, but quite dark, with poor lighting. There was a small fridge and a microwave, but we had nothing to put in either! The desk staff did advise us of a free light dinner served in a nearby building, and told us we would need to get there quickly, since service stopped at 7PM. (It was probably about 6:45 by then.)
We took the short walk to an adjacent building, where we had a light supper of fruit, chili, and hot dogs, which were very welcome after the long flight and delays getting back to CONUS. The cook was extremely sympathetic, and kept the serving area open quite late for some stragglers. She said she was quite used to the late arrivals, and didn’t seem to mind staying late, which was extraordinarily kind.
The next morning there was also a free breakfast in the same area– cereal, hard-boiled eggs, toast, yogurt, etc. These were handy meals, since there is absolutely nothing else in the area, and it would require a taxi ride to the other side of the base, or off base for any alternative. The hotel shuttle in the morning took us to the other side of the base to pick up our car rental, which was ready when we arrived, and off we went.
Nice! Even though they’ve now got Army label under “JBLewis-McChord,” they’re actually Air Force 🙂
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