I had a volleyball tournament this past weekend in Allen, so we found this hotel to stay in on the inexpensive list. I regret the decision.
Checkin in, the front desk staff was kind enough. He did his job, we got our room keys, and went on our way. Pulling around the parking lot, however, we realized that this place was rough. Lights were flickering, the front desk advised us to use all locks on the doors (fair enough, bad people exist), and there was a good amount of shouting going on from different directions as we were unloading the car.
Once we got into the room, the stench of cigarette smoke, bad plumbing, and saturated air coming from the old a/c unit was overwhelming. Mind you, we had a "smoke free" room. Nope. It was stank. "Alright, so it stinks a little. No big deal." Well, then we pulled the sandpaper comforters off the beds in order to check out the bedbug situation, and to our surprise there was not any obvious signs of bedbugs! Nice.
Next, the bathroom. Oh boy, the bathroom. Well, it's dirty. Big time dirty. It had constant hot water, so that was nice, but there were short and curly's all over the bathtub and scattered around on the toilet. I assume they cleaned before we got there, but it was not a thorough job. The edging of the tub and basically anywhere that there might have once been a calked seem was now an open crevice with black mildew prevalent; that explains the musty bathroom smell. So let's turn on the vent to get some stank out. It sounded like every fan blade was broken and banging against the ceiling. Crazy loud. Explains why it's most likely never used and the reason for all the moisture buildup in the bathroom that causes just another source of stench.
Towels you ask? Bring your own. Hairy, supremely exfoliating, and barely long enough to wrap around my 31" waist. They make good floormats, though. Also, bring all of your own toiletries. There was one of those tiny bars of hotel soap, and that was it. ONE bar of tiny hotel soap. We asked the desk for a little shampoo and they said they only have tiny bars of soap. Alright, to the store I go...
We stayed for two nights, and we were so exhausted by the time we got back that there was not much time to figure out the channels on their basic cable, as there was not a channel card and the on screen guide says nothing more than "cable" on every channel. But, they did have a strong wifi signal, so I had no problems getting a bit of business done in the evenings prior to bed. I was also able to stream video with my wife and daughter without much lag or glitching, so that was nice.
If you need a place to suddenly crash overnight and you're looking for nothing more than a bed and a shower, this place will work in a pinch. Be aware though, it's straight dirty and worn out.
If you need a place for more than an impromptu overnight stay, do yourself a huge favor and spend an extra $15 a night for a place that doesn't smell like an 80 year old smoking, hoarders basement.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Motel 6 Plano Southeast is located off US-75 just South of Park Blvd. We are less than 5 miles from Plano Centre, shopping and dining. Our amenities include an outdoor pool, coin laundry facility, and Free Wi-Fi in all guest rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plano La Quinta
- La Quinta Plano
- Motel 6 Dallas - Plano - Southeast Texas