If you must go to Akron, Red Roof is a cheery beacon in a city that long ago lost its vibrancy. At least the location in South Akron is among stores and chain restaurants far from the dark, sad urban core. The inn is a little hard to find next to Wal-Mart, set back from the road. But you can see the big sign on a pole from I-77. I've never had a bad room or a bad night at a Red Roof--an amazing statement even I am surprised to make. Our king room had everything including a desk and chair for working on the free internet. When we entered the room from 19 degree weather, it was warm and toasty. Just what we needed to thaw out. The only criticism I have is with the architecture. All rooms face out on either the ground floor sidewalk or upper deck walkways. What do they do during winter snow storms? Was the architect thinking Akron was in California? Luckily we had no snow, only extremely cold weather and we could sleep warm and forget the cold outside. One plea to the local business owners--please put one good first class restaurant in South Akron. There are enough motels around here to support it and every place that sounds good to eat is a twenty minute drive to the suburbs north of the city.