I read some of the reviews, both good and bad, and decided to book a last minute reservation at the Barbican. The price was affordable for a room with 2-person hot tub, and rooms were available at short notice. I didn't notice that there were very few reviews over the course of the last 2 years. As is turns out, the property has been for sale for a long time, and it has not been getting a lot of traffic. And now I know why.
Overall building appearance was poor, which matched the condition of the room. Tired furniture that could barely be sat upon. There was little reason to sit on the couch, for example, because that would put you in front of the 13" analog TV, the stereo (which was a boombox), all sitting on top of a 2.0 cubic foot dorm type fridge - neatly tucked inside of an armoire. Room seemed clean, although my allergies kicked in on the second day, which is usually an indicator of a dusty environment.
The tub was very nice, but it took almost an hour to fill. The bathroom faucet ran for about 10 minutes before hot water appeared, and that continued to be true every time we used the sink in the bathroom (I'm not sure how that is physically possible). A highlight of the room was the tub, but since it took so long to fill, it was practically unusable.
Breakfast was nice, delivered to our door every morning at 8:20am. Luckily there is a diner in the neighboring building so decent coffee was available. The location, in fact, was one of the highlights, one block off of the main shopping street. We spent a pleasant afternoon browsing the local shops before eating a nice dinner at the Inn at Cedar Crossing.