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DJ Spontaneous July 25, 2009

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Baltimore’s DJ Spontaneous will be manning the decks.  There’s a short profile here, and you can listen to his podcast here.

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Harrisburg Hotel Smackdown July 25, 2009

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A comparison of the two major hotels in downtown Harrisburg:

The Hilton has a large conference facility, and the weekend of our visit the hotel played host to a childrens beauty pageant.  Despite the chaos in the lobby, check in was expeditious, although the elevators were overwhelmed during our stay.  The room was very pleasant, although it looked slightly dated.  Amenities included a flat screen TV, stereo with iPod input, fridge, and complimentary wi-fi.  The king size bed was comfortable.

The Crowne Plaza room was much smaller.  The bed was queen size.  The furnishings were adequate and looked newer than the Hilton, except for the TV which was tube style.  No charge for wired or wireless internet.  The room lacked a fridge and a stereo with iPod input.  The bathroom was clean but very small.  We had to wait in line for 10 minutes to check in, but once we got to the desk check in went smoothly and my loyalty to Intercontinental hotels  was rewarded with a five dollar coupon for the bar.

The verdict:  Hilton is worth the extra charge for its generously sized rooms.

Other notes:  The Hilton is closer to the Starbucks.  Both hotels have a restaurant and bar, although you will find plenty of dining and drinking options in the small downtown area.  The hotels have parking garages for a fee, but street parking is free on weekends.