I find myself in Spokane, WA, quite often...sometimes on business, but mostly for pleasure. Having been born and raised in the area, I'm quite familiar with the Lilac City, and all its quirks and intricacies. My latest venture was during the winter of 2012 (specifically, January). At least a foot of snow on the ground, treacherous driving (with more on the way)...but I digress.
This Ramada is located just off Interstate 90 (and a few blocks from where I attended my very first Star Trek Convention about 25 years ago). The front desk staff here was very accomodating, even going so far as to ask me, "Will a room on the second floor be all right?" Hey, I'm not picky...I've slept in a lot of hotels and motels across the country...Spokane's no different than, say, Peoria, IL, or Kearney, NE, Sioux Falls, SD, or even Billings, MT.
I checked in with no problem, received my room "keys" (electronic locks with cards that had an advertisement for a local pizzeria :D ), then went upstairs to my room. I go to my room in the main building, and I notice it's pretty cold. Turning on the heat to let the room warm up took awhile (remember, it's the middle of winter, so of course it's going to take a bit...had to figure out the correct heat setting). The room looks great, everything looks and smells pretty clean, it's also quite a bit larger than what I'm used to (which, for me, is a bonus. I could almost put two queen-sized beds from one of the "numbered" motels in this room alone.) The bathroom, for instance, feels like the one at home, not like one that was seemingly added as an afterthought.
Access to shopping was very easy...two malls within walking distance (if you chose to do so, that is), a plethora of services nearby (two gas stations, a few restaurants, banks, ATMs, etc., also within walking distance). Of course, being the big city Spokane is, all the major entertainment venues are downtown...about 10 miles or so. I had to go take care of my errands, but when I got back, I had a nice toasty-warm room just in time to go downtown to attend a convention/dinner I'd paid for months in advance.
They also take security at the motel very seriously...I counted no less than six security cameras in the hallways. Of course, I never travel anywhere without packing heat, so it was reassuring to know if there were any unsavory charlatains on the property, their antics would have been caught on camera long before I ever had to turn on my laser sight.
The drawback to this excursion was the internet, or, more accurately, the lack of it. It was explained to me that this particular Ramada used Dish Network for their internet access. I was re-connecting to their service more than I was actually using it (about every 10 minutes), not to mention the poor to non-existent signals I was getting. I'd even asked the nice young lady at the front desk to reset the router, which worked briefly. Overall, though, I really wasn't there to surf the 'net, but having a reliable connection so I could update my social network status and upload the pictures from the show I had taken would have made this trip much better. I did suggest to the management that they drop Dish Network and go to good old cable (which is far more reliable), and boost their wireless router signal to at least "Good".
I will say this...Ramada has a far better value than the other "numbered" motels just down the freeway. While this particular stay could have been much better, it was decidedly much better than the rest, and I will be staying here again.
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