Selected this hotel (lower end of Choice's quality scale) due to all of College Station and neighboring towns booked up for Texas A&M Family Weekend and on a road that goes back to I-45. Missed hotel on first pass as it is set back from the main road on a side street and the signage is purple and not clearly visible if approaching from the west/south. Drove up and found guys drinking and smoking in the parking lot and thought "uh oh", but they were guests politely adhering to the hotel's no-smoking policy. Lobby was clean and attractive, staff helpful and courteous. Elevator was out of order but staff was working on it.
room was clean and attractive. double queen room size was typically small but not cramped - worked for family of 4 with 2 older teens - and had usual items of low cost hotels: lamps with outlets in base, fridge, microwave, useable desk top, but also had wall mounted Toshiba flat-screen TV with extended basic cable package, digital wall-thermostat that really helped temperature control; bath had faux granite counter-tops and shower enclosure, tiled floor, curved shower rod. Bed and pillows were comfortable.The hotel attempts to give the look of a higher-quality hotel with lower-quality materials and workmanship, but it works.
My son used the indoor pool, which was over-chlorinated and a bit cold, but useable.
Franklin TX apparently gets hit with a lot of thunderstorms and the small town's power grid is delicate. Late-night lightning storm knocked out the cable TV and the hotel's reservation system, but the lights stayed on.
Active rail-line just cross the main road - a couple of trains pass each night and use horn at nearby crossings. The horn woke me, but I was already only lightly sleeping due to storm - didn't bother wife and kids. who slept soundly. Once I did finally go to sleep, I slept well.
Sunday morning breakfast 6 - 9am, too early for a Sunday, but staff extended it to 10 due to storm that apparently woke many of guests during night. Selections were good - eggs (disappointing), bacon, belgian waffles (good), biscuits & gravy, juice, coffee, cereal, oatmeal packs.
Regular room rates are a little pricey for the location, on a 2-lane state highway about 40 minutes from College Station and 30 from I45, but this may be because the hotel caters to electric grid and oil and gas work groups who come in on Sunday and leave late week, and/or College Station overflow. Choice was running a 30% off special for 3-day advance purchases, so the rate was more reasonable.
I expected a lower quality hotel but was pleasantly surprised. This may be the nicest hotel in a 30-mile radius outside Bryan/College Station. I would stay here again, but I gave 3/5 on value due to regular room rates.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in downtown Franklin, TX, Franklin Lodging is walking distance to the Courthouse and Carnegie Library. The Franklin County Community Park is a short 2 miles. Texas A and M University, located in College Station, TX, is 45 minutes from Franklin Lodging. Conoco Phillips, EnCana Oil and Gas USA Inc, and Halliburton Energy Services are within 40 miles. While staying at the Franklin Lodging, guests can start each day with a free breakfast, relax at the indoor pool, and stay connected with free high speed wireless internet access. Other hotel amenities are a business center, fitness center, and free parking. All guest rooms feature free high speed wireless internet access, microwave, coffeemaker, mini fridge, hair dryer, free local calls, iron and board, cable TV, electronic door locks, and individually controlled air conditioning and heat. ... more less
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