Long and short of it...We were going to stay in a Special 8 (down the road a few miles) but decided it did not look safe when we actually arrived in the city. Since I have daughters, safety is my first concern.
We stayed a week and enjoyed the clean (but small) pool and nice breakfast. Outdoor Pool was nice to come back to in the evening and was safely located - just outside of hotel door and near front desk. Hotel eating area/kitchen was very clean and the lady who served it did an excellent job keeping everything stocked.
Our room was $80 (after discounts) but they did try and charge $93+ when I was checking out. (I felt as if this was very dishonest. They tried to tell me that they can charge that when it is "later in the week" - whatever that means. The manager changed this herself, and acted irritated that one of the clerks did not explain this to me. I found that a poor excuse.) There was also NO knowledge or explanation given on how to redeem the nights for a free night. (We stayed five.) Even the manager seemed unsure and recommended I call the 800 number. (Which I knew I could do - but being on hold on vacation did not sound like fun.) Overall, desk clerks were not very professional or helpful.
The room was very clean. Beds very comfy. Curtains did not block out morning light. The stairwells were VERY dirty (strange...peanuts all over carpet, coffee stains galore) and since we like to take the stairs, it was annoying to look at. There are also extensive rennovations going on...so no wallpaper, large mirrors (I was forever telling the kids not to go near them - no frame on them - eeek!) in hall, over-staining on trim, workman in and out of halls. It's all fine.
All the rooms seem safe. If you have laundry to do - there is a $1 per use w/d on the first floor. V...
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