Everything about this hotel seemed to be on the cheap, except the rates. The billboard on the highway advertised $28, the sign out front says $32, but I was charged $38 with no discounts for AAA. The exterior looked like it has been recently painted, but the facility overall was somewhat run down, as if the aesthetics of a new paint job would cover the crumpling stairs or rusting rails.
The clerk who checked me in was rude, at best. I asked for a good place to eat dinner and he told me Denny's or IHOP. I asked about the seafood restaurant nearby and the he raised his voice at me: "ONLY EAT AT DENNY'S OR IHOP", though he never said why.
My room was upstairs (no elevator) with a breathtaking view of nearby I-30. Even with the air-conditioner running (fortunately it was working well in the 95+ degree heat), I could hear the trucks along the highway. The deadbolt worked on the door, but there was no security chain. The upstairs ice machine didn't work so I had to go downstairs to get ice, which was very inconvenient.
The TV seemed to work OK, but half of the promised 55 channels didn't work: they were nothing but "snow". The HBO didn't work either and there was no channel guide in the room or TV Guide channel so I had to keep looking for something to watch.
The bed was hard and kind of lumpy in addition to being short-sheeted (queen bed with sheets for a full size bed).
The shower had plenty of hot water, but the towels were small and thin. There was a wash cloth, a bath towel, but no face towel. The shower door itself didn't latch peoperly and allowed water all over the floor... a definite safety hazard.
The free breakfast was a joke: donuts and coffee... and not very good donuts.Why even have "free breakfast" if it's only donuts & coffee?
I overslept in the morning and was coming out of the shower just before 9am where there was a loud knock on the door "Housekeeping". The housekeeper tried to come in and I said "I'm still in here". She then asked me "are you checking out by 11" and I replied I was. When I went to turn in my key, I told the clerk what room I was in and that I was checking out. "OK" is all she said... no "thank you" or "please come again".
- Also Known As:
- Country Host Hotel Texarkana