I stayed at the Broadway Plaza Motel THREE times, the first time in September of 2003, the second in September of 2007, and again in September of 2008. In every one of these instances, I had been by myself, just enjoying the city and the nightlife it has to offer.
The greatest advantage this motel has to offer is its VALUE and LOCATION. For only $65 per night, FREE parking and within walking distance to two popular nightclubs (diagonally across the street from the Vinyl nightclub and only two blocks away from the Church nightclub) this is the PERFECT place to stay after a night of partying. ESPECIALLY after drinking! Sure beats having to pay for a cab ride! Beta Nightclub is a lengthier walk, perhaps more practical taking a cab there, but still walkable (only 20 minutes). It is also just two or three blocks away from the Public Libary, Civic Square, Art Museums, the Capital Building, 16th Street Mall, restaurants and many other popular downtown attractions.
Is it the most cleanest and upscale of places? Of course not! But for only $65 a night, you get what you pay for. A simple, economical, no-frills place for the budget-minded traveler. So if you're used to the kind of crisp and clean, modern-looking motel that have fancy lobbies, lovely wallpaper and artwork, offers continental breakfasts, room service, hair dryers in the bathrooms, a coffeemaker in your room, etc., then this is NOT the place for you.
The building itself is 60 years old and appears to have seen better days. The rooms may not be as "plush" and luxurious as some of the 4 or 5 star hotels I've stayed at, but decent, roomy and comfortable. The beds were a little firm, but I slept well. The last time I stayed, it reached 85 degrees outside and noticed that the air conditioning unit ran weak. It only had two settings: ON or OFF, and whenever it was on, it blew a slow current of cool (not cold) air. Had it been any warmer and if I didn't have plans during the day outside my motel room, it would've been VERY uncomfortable. So word to the wise, if you're planning to stay there during the summer months, this may NOT be the place for you! Even though its cooler at night, you'd still want the air on for circulation, and for me it was tolerable (though not 100% completely comfortable).
I strongly suggest a NON-SMOKING room, as the very first night I ever spent there I made the mistake of choosing a smoking room thinking I might enjoy a cigar. Well let me tell you, the room smelt like a dirty ashtray....it was disgusting! Luckily with a little Lysol I just happened to have in my suitcase, that took care of the problem and made my stay more bearable. However, not fair to someone who doesn't carry Lysol!
Keep in mind, you're at a very busy intersection and will constantly have to put up with the sounds of traffic and an occasional siren. So as long as your door is closed, however, it's not as noticeable.
Some rooms have refrigerators and/or microwave ovens, others don't or just have one or the other. If that's important to you, be sure to ask the clerk at the front desk when booking your room. There's also an ice machine on every floor. Perhaps the nicest and most "upscale" of the few ammenities offered there.
The folks at the front desk were OK with me, and even provided me with timely wake-up calls as promised and helpful in suggesting places to eat. It appears to be a mom-and-pop run motel by an Asian couple, and so as long as you respect them they'll offer you the same.
Also, I think it's very important to note that there DID appear to be a seedy element there that might not make some people feel comfortable staying there, especially women. 2 out of 3 times I was there, there were some rather unusual and bizarre incidents that made my stay interesting on at least one night on each stay. One time, I was awoken by some guy knocking on my door looking for a woman (presumably a prostitute) but didn't feel threatened at all. In fact, once he realized I was completely by myself, he was quite apologetic for having knocked on the wrong door. Another time, I've seen the otherwise mild-mannered asian kid at the front desk threaten to call the cops on this one guy who was drunk and rowdy....never bother me though, and actually found it kind of funny to be honest with you. One or two others I've seen lingering around appeared to be drug addicts, but that's THEIR business and paid no mind to that all. So as long as you don't give anyone any dirty looks and mind your own business, they'll leave you alone and as a result I felt relatively safe. Plus NO valuables of mine were stolen either, so that's a good sign!
So, in a nutshell, is this the kind of place you'd want to spend your honeymoon at or a quiet romantic weekend, or time with your family? Probably not. But if you're just looking to just hang out with friends, party, have a good time and looking for a super-convenient and inexpensive and no-frills place to stay, then you've found it right here.
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