The staff was friendly; one person even tried hard to help my husband when his iPad froze in our room. I appreciated the coffee and tea always available to guests.
I was surprised, though, at all the things Red Roof didn't provide, that I've come to expect at this kind of motel near a major highway -- such as newspapers, any kind of exercise room, refrigerator or microwave in the room. Continental breakfast isn't offered, either, and there's no adjacent restaurant. A five- or ten-minute walk brings you to McDonald's and a pancake-type sit-down restaurant. A shopping center with a Publix supermarket is nearby, too. We weren't interested in driving to any of those in the morning, and opted to buy large muffins at the Cracker Barrel across I75 the night before, and simply had them with coffee out by the pool in the morning. Without a refrigerator in the room, we couldn't even get yogurt or OJ to store overnight.
Obviously the high priority in a hotel is a clean, comfortable room -- which we certainly had, at a very reasonable rate. Red Roof, like all the other nearby hotels, is right off I75, so there's no place nearby where you'd want to take a walk. But I felt like there was no value-added here and nothing that made us feel especially welcome.
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