Yes, depending on traffic you can get to the casino in 5-10 minutes easily and that is probably why you are staying here, or for the outlet malls. Otherwise...as far as the property and the area are concerned, unless you are just looking for a stop after driving the I-5 for hours on end I doubt you'd want to stay here.
I tried to check in a couple hours early, no rooms were available so I didn't have a problem with that, it couldn't hurt to ask. What was unsettling was the sign said "No Vacancy" and they had no record of the booking I had made - and confirmed - several months ago. The girl at the front desk basically was going to leave me hanging, was too busy with other things to bother and maybe didn't even know how to check the booking. After the runaround and an additional staff member getting involved, the manager phoned and confirmed I did in fact have a reservation. They didn't seem thrilled, and certainly weren't terribly eager to honor the rate I'd booked at.
I returned just after the 'proper' check-in time and got the room. Nothing fancy at all but it did have a fridge, microwave, coffee maker, crappy free wi-fi (took several minutes to connect, pretty sketchy service). The air-conditioning worked, thankfully, as well as the TV. I guess what really turned me off this property were the signs all over, the 'welcome' received in the motel guide on the desk. Basically, this is a rundown property in a poor area and the owners have obviously had so much grief from past 'guests' that they have devised a system to never get screwed again. This includes (but is not limited to) pages of fines or fees if you step out of line. Check out a little late? One nights room rate charged, absolutely. Pee the bed, well that's a $150 fine. Take a facecloth? Hey, that's in the book too. If your TV isn't working, first absolutely makes sure you follow the instructions on the wall before calling front desk or else...
Don't worry about missing that check-out because they do call each and every guest prior to that time to ensure they aren't a minute late...or else. When I did check out the the guest in front of me was panicking as his watch said 11:01 and it looked like he might have to pay for an additional night...
I stayed to see a concert at the casino and as for online bookings, this place was the cheapest and I knew that. I did know what I was in for based on the other reviews and since I was going solo I was more than happy to save at least $60 per night so I can not fault the motel at all in that department.
If in town for another show - solo - would maybe stay again though now I realize if you have to drive anyway, what's an extra 10 minutes in the car for a better room in a better area...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There are 41 rooms with Queen-size or King-size beds and 6 Jacuzzi Suites. A free continental breakfast is included and there is also free WI-FI. Ample free parking is available, the rooms are double-loaded so the hallways are in the interior of the building to protect you from the cold or inclement weather. We have an elevator,and rooms which are handicap-accessible. We have a limited number of smoking rooms on the top (third) floor only. Most of our floors and rooms are non-smoking. There are many eating establishments, public transportation, casinos and shopping outlets nearby if not within easy walking distance and even right next door you have a choice of one American and one Mexican restaurant. There is also a 24-hour restaurant one block away which is popular with the locals. We are located just off I-5 at EXIT 199 Marysville, 34 miles north of Seattle and approximately 156 miles south of Vancouver, B.C. We are a popular destination for Canadians as well as locals. ... more less
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