This is not the right place for anyone who demands a modern, pristine, cookie-cutter motel. It is a 40-year-old comically ludicrous, fake medieval mishmash, inspired either by DisneyLand or the movie Camelot. It sits, incongruously, in no land of scenic woods and pastures, but between a gas station and a McDonalds: immediately behind the property, a hillside is adorned with the monster tanks and cylinders of a spacious fuel depot.
I stayed there only because it was one of the very few places in the area that would accept my big sloppy old dog. Within 15 minutes of arriving my inclination was to get away and find somewhere else, because it took me that long, even with the assistance of two very helpful staff members, to gain access to my room. The problem -- and apparently it is well known and acknowledged -- is that the magnetized "keyless entry" cards used at the Canterbury Inn are ultra-sensitive to contamination from skin contact. I eventually learned that one needs to wipe the magnetic strip on a cotton garment in order for it operate the door locks.
My room, once I gained entry to it, was very odd indeed. Lots of dark wood, texture plastered walls, woodchip plaster ceiling, and 70's era electrics. I expected it to be dirty. But it wasn't. It must be a struggle, but somehow the management is contriving to keep this peculiar hotel clean and functioning properly. And the room proved to be very comfortable, with a good solid bed and excellent quality bedding and pillows; a decent armchair; a huge bookcase filled with nicely bound old volumes of Readers Digest condensed books; a big old tube TV that worked well enough; a fridge; a microwave; coffee maker; and a good desk and chair for internet service. Sound-proofing was reasonable too -- certainly better than in many more modern hotels -- even though my room was close to the pool area, which seemed to be hosting at least three childrens birthday parties on this weekend. Everything was 70's era, including the bathroom. But it was all very clean, and everything worked. Good maintenance.
The internal layout of the Canterbury Inn is as perplexing as the entire concept. If entering via the lobby, in order to reach my room I had to walk (after many twists and turns) through the pool area. There are other, more direct external access doors: but they require you to master those quirky "keyless entry" cards.
I would recommend this hotel for: [a] those with a high patience threshold; [b] anyone seeking a little variety from a cookie-cutter motel; [c] probably especially for couples interested in a fantasy-romance getaway.
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