If you are trying to stay on a tight budget, this place will do. I got a decent studio suite, it was clean when I arrived, and it was easy to keep it clean (housekeeping is provided once every two weeks as standard). Rate is OK at 259$/week (that boils down to $37/day). It had a functional kitchen area a stovetop with two burners, microwave, fridge and a sink. The fridge was quite noisy on startup, fortunately I wear earplugs to sleep so I could ignore this problem (not everybody will!)
Valueplace doesn't provide plates or cooking utensils but you can buy a decent set at the hotel, and it's very inexpensive. It had a flat screen 32 inch TV, two tables that could work either as desk or dinner tables, and a queen size bed which was comfortable. The bathroom is nice but quite plain, tub with shower, everything worked well. There is a coin laundry available; the machines worked just fine, price was $3.00 for wash or dry.
I had a hard time dealing with the neighboring guests cooking habits... this hotel hosts plenty of Hispanic people, and cooking with lard is a staple of Mexican cuisine. That's fine with me as long as there is a good ventilation... Unfortunately the smell of pork grease frying inundated the halls quite often, and it would invade and impregnate my room... at times the cooking started at 4:30 AM... imagine being in bed and waking up to the pungent smell of lard burning creeping inside... I mentioned this was happening to the front desk attendant, but no luck I was basically told they couldn't do much about it, people cooked in their rooms all the time and this was a common occurrence. I was on my own. Not surprising, I can understand this comes with the territory and you have to be prepared. So, be prepared, it will happen to you as well.
In short, this is a no frills, barebones place, with a very good rate.The room suited my basic needs. If I had to rate it on the room quality and functionality, it would be a four circles. If I count the smell, it goes down to three.,, and the the two-circle "poor" evaluation comes mostly from the idiocy of the owners/managers policies... read below!
Employees were courteous and attentive, on the other hand the owners are obnoxiously cheap and being foreign, quite unaware (or impervious to!) what is expected in terms of service in this country. Being a budget chain doesn't mean you can ignore basic rules... There wouldn't be a McDonalds left if they followed this hotel policy book! I stayed for four weeks even and within two days of my scheduled checkout, I found I had to to stay an extra day, that is 29 days total. When I went downstairs to pay for the extra day, I was asked for a net of 59 USD, compared to the 37 USD/day I was paying on a weekly rate. Now let me point out that every single long term hotel I have stayed at would not change your daily rate if you stay over a week, once the weekly rate kicks in, it stays with you,
When I was told this, I simply refused to go with it and I said I would rather checkout as requested, than accept a rate change. I asked to be called by the manager who claimed that this was Valueplace policy and he had no recourse. I indicated that I had been at another Valueplace in the area and their rates were NOT changed, that the weekly rate was prorated after the first week, and this gentleman said they were wrong and he'd call them to notify them of their "mistake"....
So keep in mind this little piece of information. Read what is provided as standard at this chain, and realize that every deviation means paying extra money. If you can stay within the standard services provided, you'd be fine. If you can ignore food smells and fridge noises, that is....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WoodSpring Suites Raleigh Garner is a new kind of extend-stay hotel. Our hotels are comfortable, our rooms are well-priced, and our customer service makes every guest feel welcome. Kitchens in every room. If you need a hotel for a few nights, a week, or longer - you'll save more money the longer you stay with us. Free wi-fi and access to guest laundry and vending help you relax while away from home. WoodSpring Suites. It's Simple. Done Better. Extended stay hotels are different in amenities from traditional hotels. - Front desk opened and staffed Mon. - Fri. 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM | Sat. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Sun. 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Daily housekeeping included in nightly rate. - Private bathroom in each suite (ADA and ADA w/ Roll-In shower available). - Guests can book by the night. Weekly and extended stay rates also available. ... more less
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