Firstly, I We took a chance on booking this hotel despite the numerous comments regarding the staleness and age of the carpeting, furnishings, etc. because the price was too tempting for a two bedroom, full kitchen room. We have two young children, so they amenities are important to us. We were willing to accept old furniture, and even brought Febreze to combat any odors!
Our first impressions were scary. Despite being prepared (thanks past reviewers!), we were dismayed at the look of the hotel sign (major peeling - looked like it belonged to a hotel that had been long abandoned!!), and the hallway carpeting (we were in Building 500), which looked like a herd of wild animals had just come through. But those fears were dissipated when we actually entered our room. Yes, the furniture is old, and looks like it was purchased from a discount outlet store, but the carpeting was fine, and the place was huge!! The kids shrieked with delight at the sight of it all, and ran from room to room. Whew!
The place to be more than adequate, size-wise. In fact, the walk-in closet in our master bedroom was bigger than the one I have at home! And we liked that there was an extra sink outside of the bathroom for brushing teeth, etc. Sheets were decent, mattresses were VERY comfortable, and seemed to be brand new (which was, in fact confirmed by our waitress the next morning). TV's were also new, and I believe the sink and bathtub was new too.
What was NOT new, and really needs to be the next thing on the list: kitchen appliances. My god!!! Both the microwave and oven were AT LEAST 20 years old, which made them somewhat unusable. Both have dials. When was the last time you saw a microwave with dials!! We had bought a number of microwaveable things from Trader Joe's to eat while on vacation, but ended up using the oven and stove, which was faster. Example - fried rice package said 1-2 minutes; we put it in for about 8 minutes, then decided to put it in the pan to finish up. I guess the microwave guide, which said 9-11 minutes for frozen veg was right... wow. Oven also worked, but again, it was really old, and I couldn't for the life of me figure out the timer. Plus, it made the whole area really hot when it was on.
Which leads to the other main problem, which is the lack of air-conditioning in the 2nd bedroom. The one in the master bedroom and living room is great, but if you close the doors to the 2nd bedroom or use the oven (which increases the temp of the bedroom, which is across the way from the kitchen, by about 15 degrees), it gets really hot. We started cranking up the living room a/c to maximum each day when we left so the kid's room would be nice and cool when it was time for them to sleep. We forgot one day, and it was boiling in the room at night. I literally put ice on their beds to cool them down!!
Other pluses, though, were the free breakfast (very good, though not great, IMO) and the location, which is right off the highway, near to many restaurants (Five Guys Burgers and an Indian restaurant in the Ramada with good reviews are both within walking distance), and right across from a large shopping area with a supermarket, dollar store, Kohl's, Panera, and more - perfect for picnic supplies, and getting anything you might have forgotten to pack.
Would stay there again if they made more improvements, which they seem to be in the process of, so fingers crossed for next time :) Otherwise, we'll be looking for another place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Full Service hotel with traditional rooms, suites and full apartments. Complimentary full served hot breakfast of choice and free wifi.Lounge and restaurant serving 7 days a week-continously breakfast thru dinner. Weekend lobster specials and early bird dinner specials. Wifi complimentary. Only 5 minutes from Mystic and close to Foxwoods Casino and Mohegan Sun Casino, and U.S. Submarine Base Groton. ... more less
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