On July 4th, my husband and I decided to take a road trip and see the WinStar Casino in far south central Oklahoma. We packed a few things intending to spend the night at the casino hotel. We signed up for the WinStar Club Passport Membership in order to get discounts on food and lodging. After a couple of loud, smoky, and crowded hours in the casino, we were anxious to find a quiet (and smoke-free) place to rest, change out of our stinking clothes, and have dinner. The cloud of smoke followed us to the hotel front desk where we were told we'd have to wait to see someone in "casino services" in order to get our discount on a room. The rooms are $199/night. (you can save $20 by reserving online) and we were only going to get a 20% discount at the most. After waiting in line a while and looking around, we decided it wasn't worth it as we really were not going to get away from the casino atmosphere. Not being die-hard gamblers who are willing to pay that much for a very ordinary hotel room in order to "be close to the action", we decided to drive the extra 20 minutes and stay in Ardmore. We got a very nice king suite at the Comfort Inn for only $65/night - even less with our AAA discount. The entire facility is smoke free. I normally have trouble sleeping away from home due to hard matresses but our king room had a pillow top mattress and very nice linens. Despite being next door to the maintenance room, everything was very quiet and we were never disturbed by maids or their carts banging down the hall. Our room had a walk-in shower, which I prefer as I have mobility issues that makes getting in and out of a bathtub rather risky. The towels were super soft and everything was very comfortable. There were little extras in the room, such as a serving tray/bed table, several choices of coffee and/or tea, microwave, and refrigerator. The continental breakfast included both hot and cold choices and contained a wide variety - omelets, pastries, waffles, fresh diced fruit, yogurt - just to name a few. The motel staff was pleasant and offered advice and information on good places to go or to dine in the Ardmore area. Since the motel is right by I-35, it's very easy to get on/off the highway and take the short drive back to the casino if one chooses to do so. Just think how much more you will have to spend in the casino if you're not paying 200 bucks for a room!!
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