First, let me say I read most of the reviews here, and was nearly scared away from this hotel. The bed and breakfast inns we were interested in were already booked, and the rates here were low, so we took a chance. I booked the room at daysinn.com, and was informed that the booking was non refundable. We brought our own sheets, blanket and pillows, a can of Lysol spray, and flip flops so our bare feet wouldn't touch the carpeting. Checking in was nice, and a manager went ahead to make sure the room was clean before they released it. I told them we might only be staying one night instead of three, they said no problem, we would only pay for the nights we stayed. We found the room looking clean (the carpeting was a dark color, so we couldn't be sure about that), and the bathroom was clean. There were no bad smells, it was like a normal hotel/motel- incidentally, we stayed in room 262 which was in the lower building. We pulled down the covers and checked the sheets, they looked clean but we stripped off the covers and used our own sheets anyway. The room had a nice sized refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker, it was actually pretty well equipped and comfortable; a second chair would have been nice, though. An earlier review had noted the ice maker at their building was not working, it still isn't- so it meant a trek to the upper building for ice (the place isn't huge, so it was no worse than the big hotels where you have endless hallways to contend with. The pool area is quite nice, and we spent a sunny Friday afternoon there by ourselves. That is a clue- the place is deserted during the day because most of the guests seem to be working, and from the looks of them I'd say construction jobs, railway repair- blue collar, get dirty kind of jobs. After six o'clock, many of them were standing outside their doors with a beer in one hand and a smoke in the other. We found no problems, though, everyone we met was polite and quiet.
Breakfast is included, and it was your typical continental offering with bagels, toast, cereal, juice and coffee. A nice touch was a waffle iron with cups of batter to fix your own. Saturday morning they ran out of batter fifteen minutes before breakfast ended and the incoming guests were told they were out of luck- the orange juice had run out, too. I heard from a Pensacola resident that the Cajun dishes they serve in the restaurant at lunch and dinner are actually good, but we didn't try it.
The location is very good, right off I-110, (the motel is next to the interstate but it was quiet in our room) and we could walk to the center of downtown, and there is a residential neighborhood nearby with historic houses, a nice place to stroll. After taxes, our room came to $65 per night, and we felt it was a great bargain. We had friends that stayed in the Marriott Courtyard Downtown, they had a huge room and it was really nice and fresh, but they paid almost triple what we did. If you like oysters, check out the Marina Oyster Barn on Bayou Tejar- head east on Cervantes and it's to the left just after the bridge- great views, the fried mullet was good and the raw oysters were fresh (yeah, I know we took a chance eating raw oysters, but they were really good), and the place is fairly inexpensive.
Note: some of the rooms are ground floor right off the parking lot, I wondered if some of the dirtiest carpets were there.
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