Well, like some others have said, they aren't many other options around unless you want to spend a small fortune at Turning Stone (though the Microtel seemed to be an ok option). So, we booked here at a rate that seemed on par with the other budget hotels around.
The outside of this place fools you - the hotel looks pretty new. I knew as soon as I walked in the front door that the newer outside was a facade ... the interior is in definite need of an overhaul. They say "171 Room All Suite hotel" ... but, to me, a suite isn't simply a room with a bed, a sofabed, and a fridge that can fit a 6-pack of coke. A suite, to me, is something like an Embassy Suites, or something in that category. Wrong. The only thing that was probably replaced since the early 1990s was the TV. The carpeting was a nasty dark green, the bedspread was the typical dark color that probably hides any number of stains, and the shower was straight out of a dorm room. And this was a Comfort Suites back in the day, by the way, as the sticker they afixed over the Comfort Suites name to indicate the new name had fallen off the door placard.
The "business center" was comical ... simply a desktop computer stuck out in the lobby. The hotel does have free wireless, though, and worked fine.
Will those issues said, it wasn't visibly dirty ... it was fairly quiet ... and we had a view of the track. The food is average at best, but it is available. I didn't think the casino was bad, but it was packed.
So, understand that this place is no better than roadside quality, and that using "suite" to describe the place is them really saying "outdated hotel room." Should have read the earlier reviews a bit more carefully - they ones that give the place subpar marks are spot on. And I also agree with another review - everyone that works here seems miserable and downtrodden. Wonder why?
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