The Lamplighter was OK, but not wonderful by any means. It’s 4-5 miles off of I-25, so the location’s not great for getting on/off the road quickly. The buildings were showing their age, but they seemed pretty well-maintained. Overall, I’m not sure why this motel comes up so high in the Tripadvisor ratings.
Upon arrival, I checked in at the front desk. Service was brisk but by no means friendly. I was told that the kitchenette room we’d reserved was located in the building across the street, which came as a surprise. This building was clearly not a part of the original motel, and there was that no way one could have guessed, from outward appearance, that it was a part of the motel now.
The room was good-sized and clean, with lots of storage space and plenty of decent towels. There were two queen beds as well as a sofa. (Not sure if that was a sleeper.) There was a very dated kitchenette, with metal cabinetry, a four-burner stove and an oven. The fridge was of a decent size, but there was a ton of frost on the freezer part, to the point that you couldn’t even open the door to it. The microwave was the tiniest I’ve ever seen, and quite underpowered. There was also a typical hotel-room coffee-maker.
We needed internet access, but the wi-fi was horribly slow. As an example of the speed, my iPad had 7 apps that needed updating; in the space of about two hours, it got less than halfway through those updates. Later on, at a McDonald’s, the update completed in a couple of minutes. So, if you are an avid internet user, this place probably isn’t for you.
The other issue I had with the kitchenette room was that it had paper-thin walls. (I have no idea what the rest of the motel rooms, off across the street, were like.) There was a caterwauling kid in the room next door; her parents had apparently not acquainted her with the term “inside voice.” Or even the simple command “stop shouting.” But even if she had used her inside voice, I think we’d have heard every word.
In the morning, I checked out the breakfast room. It was quite a jaunt, as I had to cross the street and then negotiate a surprisingly complicated maze. It was well sign-posted, but I wish I’d dropped breadcrumbs, as the route back was, naturally, not sign-posted. (In my defense, I couldn’t drop breadcrumbs on the way there, having not yet found the breakfast room.) Anyway, there was a reasonably good selection of food (weird thin bagels, English muffins, mini-muffins, hot and cold cereal, coffee, juices, and some fresh fruit), but not much in the way of protein, apart from cream cheese.
There was a rec room with a ping-pong table, a PC with an Ethernet connection, and an elliptical exercise machine. There was also an “indoor” pool (I say “indoor” because it was in a structure that resembled a greenhouse more than a building). We did not happen to use it. (Didn't even find it until the next morning, since we were over in the Weirdsville building across the street.)
Note: I did like that they provided a recycling bin in the room; this was the only motel I’ve stayed in that had one.
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