I'll get right to the point. If you're looking for an extended stay property and are willing to give up a little in order to same some money, then this hotel may be just right for you. Let's be clear - this hotel is definitely a notch below what you would expect from something like Staybridge, or one of the nicer Homewood Suites, but it is certainly a step up from something like Extended Stay America or Microtel. Compared to one of the nicer extended stays, I'd say they're about 80% of the way there at about 80% of the price.
There are some definite highlights here. First and foremost, the staff is wonderful. They were friendly, helpful, and it actually appeared that they enjoyed their jobs! The hotel is located a couple of blocks off of any roadway, so traffic noise is not an issue. There are lots of "conveniences" nearby. Within walking distance (I'll call that 1/2 mile each way) are 3 grocery stores, a Super Target, a couple of pharmacies, and probably 2 dozen fast-food and "family casual" restaurants (fine dining will require a long drive). The hallways were clean, the lobby was clean, the breakfast area was clean, and my room was clean. The kitchen area was immaculate, but not as well stocked as I'm used to. You can certainly read plenty elsewhere for an complete list of amenities.
At this price point, not everything is perfect, of course. Breakfast was neither awful nor great. The bedding seemed a little below par for this hotel class - nothing to make you feel like you were at the Motel 6, but it is obvious they "saved a little money" when buying beds and bedding. It is a little disappointing that they have no King beds in any rooms. There were two TVs, but they were curiously small and dated - basically old 19-inch square LCD monitors. I didn't have any time for TV viewing, but it would have been frustrating if I did. We had no noise at all from vehicle traffic, but some areas of the hotel are "people noisy" (particularly by the bar). I was traveling alone and don't mind such things, but my wife would have thought the color choices in the room a bit off.
The power went out about 2 hours before I was checking out (it was a widespread outage) that lasted about 45 minutes. That took the elevators out of commission - even after the power came back on, so I had to lug my stuff from the 3rd floor down to the ground floor. I didn't mind doing that, but I noted that the stairwell in the wing I was staying in did not go all the way up to the 4th floor. This left me wondering how the people on the 4th floor in that wing get out in an emergency. I'm guessing the stairwells in the other end of the building go up all the way - but I'd hate to find that way blocked off in case of a fire. I'm sure the fire dept would never have approved the building if there wasn't a safe exit, so I'm just saying that you'll want to check out the emergency exit situation AT THE TIME OF CHECKIN if you are on the 4th floor, rather than trying to figure it out during the confusion of an emergency. Of course, that is good advice anywhere, but particularly so at this hotel.
If you're looking to stay 3 or more nights at a hotel, or just want a suite hotel in general, you're definitely going to love this place compared to the Days Inn 2 blocks away. If you're hoping to get a Staybridge Suite at a Microtel price you won't find it here. If you want something that sits somewhere between those two points and is priced between them as well, then you probably won't be disappointed.
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