My husband booked this hotel for me for $55 through bookings.com. It looked sketchy when I drove up at 10pm. Right on interstate, no drive-up lobby, seedy-looking, Waffle House for its restaurant. It looks like it is out of the 60's--& not is a retro/cool way. It looks like a MOTEL. Not what I was hoping for as a business traveler.
I parked in front of my room and did't see any inside hallways or rooms. Check in was fast & easy & the desk clerk was very nice...though I had to ask if he gave my driver's license back, and he said, "Now why did I keep that?" And retrieved it out of a lower cupboard. (?!)
I travel constantly and don't often feel unsafe. I found myself nervous walking to my room outside by interstate, poor lighting...total Motel-style room entry from parking lot. When I got inside, the funky old llight switch would't turn on, so I stumbled around the room & finally got the bathroom light to flicker on. YOW! Not what I was hoping for. I didn't think Ramada's were low end, but this place proved me wrong. The room was very loud with semi's roaring by at 10pm. It looked clean enough on the surface, but I would't have walked barefoot in it. It was dated and depressing. Small, dingy, Old-style. Strange 1960's door & funky, old window. I stay in places like this in rural MT where I'm from all the time...in tiny towns where there are no lodging options. In a state Capitol where there are modern, comfortable, very clean rooms though? No thanks! I drove 90 miles from Birmingham and wanted to chill out...not sit in a dated, cramped, low-end dingy, loud...depressing...room and watch a big old box of a tv. Droopy, tired pillows and thin sheets. If I weren't here for work I might have stuck it out, but I need to work at a nice desk in the morning, want to work out in a nice gym & just be comfortable...and I could't do that here.
Just to see if there were better options before high tailing it, I called the desk to ask if they had any indoor rooms. The desk guy said I got last room. I said I would like to try to get a room elsewhere and asked if they had wireless in the lobby, & he said yes. I noticed the Drury Inn across the road (stayed at one in Des Moines once and really liked it) & called and got a non-smoking room with two queens for $99. Aaaah! I'm here now looking forward to working out (I would fall over if the Ramada has a fitness room) & nice breakfast and working at my big desk. Worth every penny! The Ramada desk clerk gave me a cancellation #. I hope the refund at bookings.com goes through , but even if it doesn't it was worth it to me to stretch out and be comfortable and not be in a dated, dingy "motel".
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