Front desk staff was friendly at check-in and check-out. Because the rooms open to the outside, we had no other contact with the staff.
The bottom line: it is a motel - not a hotel; not an inn. All rooms open to the outside, which means lots of bugs inside the rooms during the Alabama summer. We did not have an issue with roaches mentioned by other reviewers, but had a significant influx of a variety of flying insects.
The first floor room was relatively small compared to other rooms in the area. As mentioned, the room opens onto the parking lot - a wee bit disconcerting for a mom and daughter traveling alone. The king size bed was comfortable with plenty of pillows. The room included a small table with two straight chairs, a small refrigerator (no freezer) and a microwave. The carpet should have been removed years ago - it was very stained and no amount of steam cleaning would improve its appearance. It was, however, clean - white socks stayed white after walking on it.
The bathroom was very small and my pet peeve, skimping on towels, was an issue -- 3 bath towels, 2 wash cloths, and 2 hand towels. Corners of the bathroom floor had not seen cleaning solution in quite a while. Large vanity area but no place to store toiletries for a longer stay. No closet - just a rod in the vanity area.
The room was quite chilly when we arrived and when my 12 year old daughter attempted to adjust the temperature the heat came on - spewing enough smoke/fumes that the smoke detector was activated.
Breakfast did not even qualify as a continental breakfast. The only "hot" food is a do-it-yourself waffle maker. Other than that there was a choice of bread, bagel or blueberry muffin. For the child with a wheat allergy there was nothing but a few tiny containers of yogurt. Not even a piece of fruit. We had to stop at the Krystal down the street to grab a bite before heading to the beach.
The pool area is tiny, though the children we saw seemed to enjoy it. Because of the security issue of leaving a 12 year old girl in a room that opens to the parking lot, I did not risk a trip to the small exercise room and cannot evaluate what it had to offer.
In summary, if you are looking for a bare bones spot that is near the beach and relatively cheap, this motel fits the bill.
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