I'm going to lead with the positives: the room was clean. And basically furnished. If I was aware of a microwave and fridge when I booked the room months in advance I had forgotten by the time we arrived--so these were pleasant surprises. There was also plenty of hot water. And the location was convenient to I-91. Within sight of exit ramp but the property is set back so there wasn't excessive highway noise. Also conveniently located near good food (try the NY Pizzeria a few blocks south on Main St.). The price was also amazing; room w king bed, five nights, for less than 300 including taxes. The less than wonderful aspects follow--just keep in mind that this is a budget level property so you have no reason to expect luxury. The room was on the small side so there was no arm chair (just room enough for 2 upholstered chairs and a smallish round cafe table. there was a largish walk in closet are without a door; unfortunately this cut into the space allocated to the tiny bathroom. Having lived in my share of small apartments the small size of the bathroom wasn't really an issue but I have never seen a bathtub/shower so small. Who knew they made apartment sized bathtubs? I estimate it was approx. 24" wide and 48" long which would make it ideal for a child or a young teenager but not really comfortable for fully grown adults. Here come minor annoyances that weren't deal breakers but were a constant reminder that this was a budget location. Upon arrival I noticed the toilet ran intermittently. I know the sound well, it is the sound an old-fashioned toilet makes when its flapper valve is no longer seating properly in the tank. It wasn't terribly loud and therefore didn't interfere with sleeping or TV viewing but was annoying. The week we stayed had unusual weather--sometimes requiring heat and other times A/C was called for. The heater/AC unit was effective but had a mind of its own as its control knob fell from heat to A/C at one point when no one was nearby. My biggest gripe was with the bedding. Yes, it was clean and bedbug free--so what more can you ask for in a budget motel? Well, the king size bed was incredibly soft without almost any support. Yes, I know everyone has different preferences along the mattress softness/firmness continuim. We both happen to prefer firmer mattresses so it was an adjustment for us to make over five nights. However, a major annoyance is that the bed was made only with flat sheets which, by the way, were too small. We're talking about a a king sized bed not only having a flat sheet substituted for what you would expect to be a fitted sheet--but the flat sheet was too small! I'm guessing it was a queen size flat sheet as there was perhaps an inch of overhang which means at most there was an inch of sheet available to tuck under the mattress. Try and imagine how twisted and undone the bottom sheet became during the night as two adults tried to sleep. It didn't help that the underlying mattress pad was, I kid you not, twin size. The result is that every morning one of us woke up wearing the bottom flat sheet as if it were a sari. The bottom line is that the room was clean, conveniently located and comfortable enough for us to get 5 nights of sleep. Next year, however, I think we'll scrimp elsewhere so that we can upgrade to a motel that uses fitted sheets.
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