I stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites Dobson for a couple of nights while visiting Mt. Airy. The hotel is located off of I-77 and approximately 15 miles from downtown Mt. Airy. The hotel definitely was a popular choice for both people travelling through as well as those visiting the area. The parking lot quickly filled up as evening approached. When I arrived late that night, the receptionist was very nice and quickly checked me in.
The hotel has a partnership with the Shelton Vineyards which is a couple of miles down the road. As such there is a wine bar in the hotel that is open from 1700-2200 each day. You can sample all of the wines that the vineyard makes, either buying by the glass or by the bottle. A glass will cost approximately $6-8 depending on the wine. There is also the option to purchase a crate of a selection of wine of your choosing. The room itself isn't very large, with three tables and a bar that seats about four. You can take the wine and glasses back to your room. Don't expect to see wine glasses in the room as this is a Hampton Inn, not an extension of the Winery.
I was given an assessable room which meant that certain items in the room were set so that handicapped personnel could easily move around. Once entering the room, there was a small hallway with the bathroom on the left. The closet next to the bathroom was behind a large mirror fixed on the door. The hangers were located low, about chest high, but remembering the room made sense. Just keep in mind that if you did have something long, such as a dress, it would touch the ground. The king bed was on one side, with a small chair next to it. Against the wall was the television, microwave, refrigerator and desk. The bed was nice and soft, which is always a good thing.
The bathroom was nice and large as well. The sink was at your normal level, so someone in a wheelchair may find it a little high, but probably not too much. The only improvement that they could make would be to increase the water pressure, both for the bath and shower. There are also plenty of towels as well.
Another plus for the room, and definitely better than the majority of hotels, was the temperature and air-conditioner. You almost didn't notice the air-conditioner when it was on, with the refrigerator being much louder. However what you gain by the quietness of the air-conditioner was lost by the paper thin wall with the room next door. You could easily hear the conversations next door, even at an average tone. Fortunately it was an older couple who went to bed around 2200. Otherwise expect to get little sleep if you are a light sleeper like myself.
The breakfast room was on the smaller side given the level of guests. You'd find people saving seats for "guests" who'd never come, forcing people to either take the food back to their rooms or eat standing up. There is a nice selection of both hot and cold choices. There are two waffle machines, omelets and ham or sausage (which changed each morning). The coffee was also good and hot.
Another thing that I noticed about the hotel was that they enclosed their soda and ice machines (at least on the third floor) next to the elevators behind a closed door. This eliminated unnecessary noise that could be heard in the rooms. They also had a nice seating area next to the lobby, so you could relax and read a book, drink a glass of wine, or other activity comfortably if you don't want to sit in your room.
I would recommend this hotel if you are in the area. I would've given it 5 stars if it wasn't for the thin wall in the room.
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