We don't normally stay at Choice Hotels, so we were not looking forward to this stop. We arrived at the hotel around 5 PM, no cars in the parking lot and the hotel appeared empty. The woman at the front desk was friendly, found our reservation immediately, provided the password for free internet, offered a free newspaper - and we were off to our room on the third floor. Immediately on opening the room door we smelled a beautiful scent and noticed how cool (cold) the room was - we were very happy! We explored the room and found it clean and a nice size. I told my husband the only complaint I had - he interrupted me to say "the dirty bottom of the bathtub" - and he was correct. I love to take baths, but would not sit down in that tub. It was not a deal breaker for me as we were only at that hotel one night, I did not complain to the front desk.
After unpacking we took off to explore Albert Lea and have supper. We had such a nice evening, what a great little town. When we returned to the hotel we noticed the parking lot was completely full and people were everywhere. We took an stroll around the hotel property, there was what appeared to be a nice inside swimming pool, nobody was using it. We did notice all the trucks outside, but noise was never an issue for us, as a matter of fact, when we got up at 7:30 the next morning we discovered most of the trucks and travelers had already checked out and we had not heard anything.
Breakfast was provided at the hotel, typical ready made hotel breakfast: scrambled eggs, bacon, bread choices, juice, coffee, a waffle maker, etc. There was plenty to pick from and it was fine. I was worried about being able to find a seat in the breakfast room, but no problem, as I said, it appeared most people that day had checked out early.
When we checked out I asked the desk clerk about the scent we smelled when we first opened our door to the room, she said after the rooms are cleaned the last thing they do is spray the room - I had never experienced this before and really enjoyed it. It turned out to be a very restful stay for us and we would definitely stay there again.
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