I stayed at the Extended Stay America in Alpharetta the early part of November 2007 for business purposes. The hotel is in a decent location, as there are a lot of shops and restaurants around. But the entrance of the hotel is really tucked away and you have to be on the ball once you get off the interstate or you will miss it. Since you can only enter the parking lot from one direction, it makes turning around and getting where you're going a bit difficult. You can only turn right out of the driveway, away from the entrance ramps to the interstate as well so you have to do another loop-de-loop.
Word of caution, the parking lot is small. You may not be able to get a spot near the hotel and if you go towards the back, it dead ends. Make sure that you can execute a three-point turn before heading back there or you'll gum up the lot for others trying to leave. I got stuck waiting for two big SUVs trying to turn around.
The hotel is a basic Extended Stay, three floors tall. There's a very small lobby. The rooms are accessed through a depressing hallway that normally smells like whatever someone else had been cooking. The room is fairly typical, you enter the door and are immediately in the very small kitchenette. There is a half-size refrigerator, two-burner electric stove and a micro. The small bathroom is off the side. The main sleeping area had a queen bed (although I swear it was a full) and a dresser. I was surprised that it did not have a couch, only a recliner. There is no closet, only an open area with hangers.
The room was mostly clean, little bits in the bathroom that probably could be scrubbed a bit. The bed was uncomfortable and there were only two small, flat pillows. I brought my own travel blanket. TV worked fine and there were a bunch of channels of nothing on.
Main issue for me was the lack of internet service. I was there on business and while the site mentioned that they had internet with an additional charge for wireless, it really is just wireless or nothing. Internet service was about $5 a day, which is ridiculous in this day. There is no business center either. Why my company has this hotel on the list for us is another question.
The front desk staff were actually very nice and helpful, directing me to a local grocery store. That is the one good thing about this hotel. The only issue I had with them is that the final bill does not break down the taxes per night, instead lumping them all together. My company makes you break out the taxes per night, so I had to do some math when I got home to do my expense report.
One really good note, I was on the non-freeway side of the hotel and it was actually very quiet. I had the window cracked open the whole time and was not bothered by any noise, except the garbage truck one morning.
All in all, if you're looking for a cheap place in the area, it's not too bad but it's not too good either. I would probably try to book at the Courtyard or Hampton next time I was there on business though.
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