I've always wanted to visit all 50 U.S. states. I accomplished that this weekend by visiting the monuments of Mt. Rushmore and Chief Crazy Horse in South Dakota. I drove into North Dakota and back East to the airport that I flew into. As night fell on Saturday, I decided to sleep in Fargo, ND for the night. Using a rest stop hotel discount coupon I called ahead to the Grand Inn.
Overall Impression: The street view impression of the hotel is not good. It is a dark colored cinder block building adjacent to a neighborhood that did not make me feel too comfortable. However, just across the main road were more recognized brands like Motel 6, Courtyard By Marriott. So I accepted the Grand Inn as being the super value of the group. In other words, "Cheap Sleep".
Location: The hotel is very close to I-94, which is a major East-West corridor and I-29. Access to it from these two intersecting highways is very easy.
Lobby: There is nothing fancy here, with nice earth tones and cute colors. It is stark and basic. In fact my impression of it was that I was in a very large and old college dorm. The clerk behind the counter was probably not even 25 years-old, but she was very nice and provided me an extra discount. My total was no more than about $46.
Hallways: One long corridor with dim lighting and dark carpet. Again nothing to sing about, but hey, I did not pay much remember.
Room: Again the color dorm theme comes to mind. The room was very basic with very cheap furniture, however it was clean and quite large (see pictures). I take a bright LED flashlight with me to let me inspect things thoroughly. Saw nothing crawling around anyway and checked the sheets thoroughly. No unwanted visitors cruising around.
Bathroom: Simple and straight forward, again nothing fancy. But the fan motor was very loud when you cut on the light. So I used the lighting from the room while in the bathroom, so as not to disturb my neighbors (it was about 1am for the check-in).
Conclusion: It is a cheap hotel with very basic services, but if all you need is a place to sleep, which seems reasonably safe, it will do. I'd recommend for a single male friend. I would not recommend it for a single female friend. Oh by the way, it does not have key cards for the doors. They actually use 'real' keys, which can be a security risk. However the rooms did have deadbolts and a secondary locks. So I felt safe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Good Location Close to The Interstate, Shopping Center, Quiet Two Story Building, Continental Breakfast, 24 hour Coffee In The Lobby. 24 Hour Front Desk. Wireless Highspeed Internet. Childern Under 18 Stay Free With Their Parents. Guest Loundry In The Building. Smoking And Non Smoking Rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Inn Fargo Hotel Fargo
- Grand Hotel Fargo