Ramada Inns certainly aren’t upscale, yet this one just four miles from the University of Alabama campus has much to commend it. Each room has an iron and ironing board plus a refrigerator and microwave . A large art reproduction hangs over the bed, with a 32 inch Samsung widescreen TV above the dresser. Outside the swimming pool, ranging from three to six feet deep, is well maintained. The lobby impresses, with nice furniture and carpeting. Two spiraling staircases take you to the second floor. At the top of the staircase stands a beautiful wooden book case, elegant and classy. (sadly, no books on the shelves to read). The continental breakfast has the normal bagels, small pastries, cold cereals and instant oatmeal; it also has a nice do-it -yourself wafflemaker, for fresh, fluffy Belgian waffles.
But three surprises made our overall night a disappointing experience. The TV features either wavy lines or slight snow on cable channels 1-10.We gave up watching CBS, ABC, and CBS and a few local channels, but fortunately we could see clearly any of the other twenty-some stations. Second, our door would open from the outside only with a good shoulder shove or, in the case of my teen son, a hip check. I thought this was due to southern humidity on these exterior entrances, but in the morning at 7 a.m., we still could not open the door without a huge push. I reported this to the front desk person; he expressed regrets but didn’t immediately fix it. Third, the toilet-tank stopper would not reset after a flush, causing an all-night running toilet. The bathroom had a nice shower head, but the caulking at the top of the shower is separating. So overall, a mixed review at best.
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- Tuscaloosa Ramada Inn