Several reviewers referred to the gated /secured parking area and that there are rough areas near the hotel.
What is it about the downtown area that have caused questions about safety?
How near the hotel are these questionable areas?
To be honest we were going to the racetrack at the fairgrounds.. There are defiantly areas that look pretty sketchy. It does give you a nice sense of security. We will stay there again.
These are very good questions. As with many cities, there is a homeless population in the area, and I think a church/food bank down the street from the hotel.
This area is not specifically "unsafe", but it is nice to know that no one but guests at the hotel are walking around your car.
I mentioned the gated parking for that reason, and that if my wife or daughter was traveling alone, that would be an added feature for me.
Yakima Downtown is actually quite beautiful and the city has done a lot to upgrade and make it a "walking" downtown area. There are nice shops and restaurants, and my favorite Brewery/Pub down the street too!
In addition to the gated parking, room access is only from the lobby, not an open area to the parking lot. All these are great personal security features, but do not make the area more "dangerous" than any other city's downtown area, just smart that they designed it this way!
I hope this answers your questions!
There are areas of questionable security not far from the hotel - which is why they chose to provide secure parking. I stay at this hotel regularly - on average a day or two a month. I've never had an issue with their parking security - but I wouldn't feel comfortable parking on the street.
This hotel is on the edge of the downtown area. There are residences on adjacent streets. I suspect some car prowls caused the hotel to put up gated parking. After you check in, your room key will open the car gate or the human gate into the parking. We stayed 3 nights & never had an issue. Just like ANY city, don't leave valuables in your car!
There is gated parking, but I did not use it. I would use your common sense in terms of leaving valuables in your car. I never leave valuables in my car, especially in plain sight, even at 5 star hotels.
I think the location is in the heart of Yakima. I did not know Yakima had a high crime rate?
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