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Americas Best Value Inn Barrington
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Barrington
Reviewed 3 September 2013

Fortunately, this wasn't my first stay at an ABVI property. If this had been my first ABVI visit, I wouldn't have ever chosen to stay at another.

The air conditioning didn't work, the door lock was questionable, and the mattresses needed to be replaced long ago. But the worst part was the bathroom. The area that housekeeping could see when in the bathroom with the open was not very clean. The tub was stained and the corners at the base of the wall were scuzzy. Even worse, housekeeping didn't bother to clean behind the door. There was a used bar of soap on the floor, along with hair from a prior occupant on the floor behind the door. Ick.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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ashpatel24, Manager at Americas Best Value Inn Barrington, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2013

We would like to sincerely apologize for your experience at our property. There is never an excuse for those issues. Thank you for taking the time to inform us of these issues and we would like you to know that we have shown all of your comments to our staff and are taking steps to make the improvements needed. Please visit us again in the future to see the improvements we have made. Thank you

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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Okay I was writing some other reviews and decided to give the final review of the other 3 days I stayed. The new room I obtained was okay. However, the hall going to the new room was straight out of Alfred Hitchcock. The lights lined the right and left wall and the fixtures had to be 40 years old if not older. They were these 1960s inverted triangles. Now here is the creepy part. When you get to the second floor the entire hall is pitch black. They have a motion detector hooked up to the lights so once you move all the lights turn on starting from where you are and then moving down the hall. The bulbs are low wattage so it give a real creepy affect. There is a window air conditioner in the hall, and the floor around this is filthy. It was never cleaned in the 4 days I was there. The hall in general was filthy, but near the air conditioner it was real real filthy.

The second day I was there while walking past the office I noticed this weird little transvestite midget arguing with the desk clerk. A cab had taken him to the hotel and it looked like he had all of his belongings in the cab, as in the entire cab and the truck were filled with trash bags of his cloths..

In a twisted sort of way I found the hall and the midget very entertaining. It was like I was in some B rated movie. I was waiting for the Zombies to jump out and try to eat my brain, but it never happened., also given the environment I would have expected hookers and drug uses, but there where none. I guess that was a plus. Perhaps I should have rated it 2 stars.

Cheers.

Room Tip: Sleep outside, it will probably be better.
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Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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ashpatel24, Manager at Americas Best Value Inn Barrington, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2013

Thanks for taking the time to leave your comments. We actually use our guests comments to make improvements at our property. In an attempt to save energy, we did have motion sensors installed, but due to comments from our guests like you, we have removed the sensors and the lights are on all the time. As far as the little person you are referring to, we would just like you to know that we do not discriminate against little people or any other type of person at our establishment. Again, thank you for your comments.

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Reviewed 9 August 2013

I came here to stay here for a week. I got a descent room but for the money, I would have expected something better. The management is very good at taking the money but that's about it. The area is patrolled by the police and is quiet for the most part with the train depot behind the establishment along with a park and golf course. My only complaint with my room was the bed was sagging and not very comfortable at all especially for the money. The walls were dirty, doors need to be replaced, furniture just absolute garbage. The bathroom was descent but seriously for the money there are better places around than this. The fitness room does not even exist and the cleaning crew is thorough but very unprofessional in a weird way.

Room Tip: get a room on the ground floor
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

Got this hotel from Expedia.com it said hotel has jacuzzi tub and it does not. Place was nasty, I barely wanted to shower. No fitted sheet on bed and we were sleeping on the mattress by end of the night. Expedia pics are not really what the place is. Expedia did refund me for the night and I went to another hotel.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

I got fooled into paying 4 nights through Hotwire at this hotel. I only stayed the first. My room opened into an alleyway that wasn't lit well enough to feel safe. All the furniture and the carpets are worn out and should have been replaced at least 20 years ago. I think I got 4 hours of sleep while I worried about being broken into while getting woken up by a squeaky door every couple minutes. Stay somewhere else, there are dozens of better hotels within 10 miles, and don't use Hotwire!

Room Tip: Stay on the office side of the hotel if you absolutely have to stay here.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

If you like a dirty place with old style tvs, dirty walls and doors, burns in everything and busted up furniture than this is the place for you. WOW do NOT trust the photos. Very Very Loud so don't expect to sleep.

Room Tip: Stay anywhere but here.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

This is my first night. Online they advertise 3 nights for the price of 2. Original price is 60 dollars. So for 4 nights take 60 X 3 plus tax. I get there and give my reservation. Desk clerk, an american guy says no reservation. I push it, and then he sees a fax. Turns out online reservations are faxed over. They then have to put it into their computer system. Okay so I figure that is okay. I ask for a quiet room. Guy says he is giving me a room that opens to the outside. He says their are quieter rooms but they cost more because they have been remodeled. Perhaps they should say the special is for the rooms that are not remodeled. Then I go to visit my mom in the rehab. I get back and 1:00 am. Go to my room and hear the air conditioning. Go in and the room is not cool. Air conditioning is going full force but the room is warm. Why. The freaking thing does not work. It must be 50 years old. It is one am. So I go to the desk and ring the door bell. An Indian woman comes. Woke her up. she is nice. I ask for a room where the air conditioning works. She gives me a new room. Turns out it is one of the remodeled rooms. Room has they same type as air conditioning as my other room but there is actually a window air conditioner that works.. Sign on inside says non working air conditioner and says to use the window air conditioner. The remodeled room with the window air conditioner is bascially like a super 8 motel. However, with a super 8 motel I would not have to go through this crap to get a rooom with a working air conditioner. Three more nights to go. We shall see if this review improves.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Americas Best Value Inn Barrington

Address: 405 W Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL 60010-3041
Region: United States > Illinois > Barrington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Barrington
Price Range: £42 - £43 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Americas Best Value Inn Barrington 2.5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
2 story building, both interior corridor and exterior corridor rooms. Pet friendly. Lounge on site. Renovated 2011. No pool. FREE parking, HSIA and guest breakfast. Fitness and Business Centers. At intersection of US 14 and IL 59. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Barrington Days Inn
Days Inn Barrington

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