The Rodeway Inn was brilliant for us. I couldn't have expected a better place to go for the pittence I paid. And even then, I expected far worse than what we got.
The reception staff were brilliant, and very helpful. They would allow you tp use their iternet facilities behind the desk whenever needed to arrange flights/buses/Facebook etc, and the young gentleman Van was truly hilarious, and we're still in touch with him.
The bathroom was very small, and you could pretty much wash your hair and sit on the toilet at the same time, but it was fine for what we needed, and there was plenty of hot water and towels. The sink area was huge with a big mirror, and well-lit, not that you could do your makeup to any effect in the heat! The air conditioning may have been a little noisy, but it was very well-received. I think we would have melted without it.
The pool wasn't open when we arrived, but after a great deal of bullying the manager (Santiago) into getting it sorted, our lovely receptionist Van had gotten it opened by our second day. It's a small pool, but it's never busy, and the most we shared it with were two quiet girls. There are ice-creams and drinks on sale all day, too, so it was nice to just relax. It's a total suntrap and perfect for a tan.
The only downside was the breakfast option, as it was very basic and only included a few pastries and coffee/tea. However, the staff were always at hand to recommend places to eat and hand out take-away menus, and across the road is a fantastic Chinese all-you-can-eat, which was really nice. Failing that, there's a Wendy's next door!
Also, another disappointment is the location. Arlington offers very little in the way of public transprt so you really do need to get cabs unless you're driving. There's an Avis car hire next to the aforementioned Chinese, so it isn't really a hardship. Six Flags Over Texas is visible from the rooms, and isn't that far a walk. It's more a little nerve-wracking walking alongside the freeway! Oh, and after a full day at the theme park, don't expect to have enough energy to walk it back again! The Greyhound bus station isn't that far away either, maybe a ten-minute drive? But then, you can't blame the hotel for public transport.
A little way down the road (about 3mins at my slow pace) is a garage offering plenty of food, drink, cigarettes etc, and there are ATMs everywhere. Not far from the garage is a divine little restaurant called Saltgrass which serves the best steaks in Texas, I'm sure of it. The staff were excellent there, too. If you decide to head little further out into the entertainment district there's plenty to do, but alas, we only dragged ourselves there late on, and simply headed to Sherlock's Bar for a good few cold beers.
As a side note - Sherlocks is an English-themed bar, and I did not have high hopes! I hate English bars. However, this place is FANTASTIC. I highly recommend it. It is a little strange that the patio is non-smoking, and inside is smoking, but as a pair of chimmneys, it suit us brilliantly :) They have a big selection of live entertainment on, and karaoke was pretty amusing. They have a brilliant choice of food and drinks, and everything we had (bar a few badly-chosen cocktails) tasted wonderful. IOf you want to have a night out, but don't like crawling bars, stay in Sherlocks, if you DO like crawling, there's a TGI Fridays, Hooters, and more across the concourse, with shops and restaurants dotted around in easy reach.
All in all, the Rodeway Inn was in a good location, really, it's just that Arlington itself is a bit spartan. The staff were brilliant, the pool was much needed, and the rooms were lovely and clean. We loved it, and would definitely go back. We just wouldn't get a taxi from the airport unless they knew where they were going, as it is situated on a little service road that nobody knows about. If you go, ask for them to come off at Lamar Blvd!
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