I've stayed here before, and I should have known better, but I like to give places a second (and maybe third or fourth) chance before I write them off completely, especially when they are the only Choice brand hotel in the area.
That being said, over the past several years a few things have never changed: The bed is nearly as hard as a rock. I have yet to have a comfortable night's rest on any of the beds at this hotel. Internet has always been so-so, but this last time I was at the edge of the coverage so it was borderline pathetic. The price is much higher than I would expect for a typical Quality Inn, especially of this quality.
I will however note that this most recent stay was more enjoyable for the following reasons: The room was updated with newer furniture and appliances and was really clean and comfortable (except for the bed). The hotel was not really crowded, so it was very quiet. Also, I'm not sure where the negative staff comments are coming from, but I've had no problems with the staff in any of my stays here other than some technical computer (possible user) issues that really weren't much of an inconvenience.
Unfortunately, I really can't recommend this hotel for just the average traveller, unless you really like a firm (as a rock) mattress and don't really care about internet speed and usage.
Food Note: Eat at Ezell's Catfish Cabin just down the street. You won't be disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Quality Inn hotel is located in the heart of downtown Calera providing easy access to many popular Alabama attractions. This Calera, AL hotel is close to local points of interest like the Dixie Railroad Museum, the University of Montevallo and the Verizon Wireless Music Center arena. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Calera
- Holiday Inn Express Calera
- Calera Holiday Inn