Ramada's in general are not on my "go to" list. However in this area there isn't a large selection of hotels and the web site looked appealing so thought we would try it. We booked a king suite to have a larger room since it wasn't that much more.
First the good things. The room itself appeared to be roughly twice the square footage of a regular room and the bathroom was pleasantly large with a double sink, walk in shower and a jacuzzi tub. The size was very sufficient and provided a comfortable environment. Our bed was on the firm side, which we like, and provided a good nights sleep. The balcony was large with primarily a mountain view, but you could see the water if you kinda looked around and through the trees. I would guess that rooms on the front side of the hotel (ours faced back) would have better views. The lobby was large and airy with 2 story picture windows and a covered outside seating area that is very pleasant. The building is built in a rather rustic style that matches the environment.
However there is room for improvement for this hotel to reach its maximum potential. First in our room, while of sufficient space it was sparsely furnished. There was no desk or table to use for example. While the hotel DOES have free wifi (good thing), there was absolutely no place to set up a PC or work area to use it, unless you wanted to sit on the floor or lay in the bed. There is plenty of room for a desk, it just didn't exist so there is wasted space. The hotel also I guess is trying to save money by used low wattage energy efficient light bulbs, thus the room felt darker than it should have been. No called fault for trying to be "greener", however some floor lamps in the corners would go a long way to brightening up the place. The shower was large but didn't have a simple little corner shelf to place toiletries, everything has to be on the floor. Small item admittedly, but if you have enough small items they do add up. You would think that in a suite you could have a couple of "real" glasses instead of paper cups. I asked for some and was told the hotel didn't have any. That's not a deal breaker in any sense of the word, just a little odd.
In places the wall paper was coming loose from the walls in the halls. This isn't a hard fix to correct. The complimentary breakfast that is included is very basic. Bagels, yogurt, some muffins and sweet rolls. There were some biscuits and gravy available. The addition of a few other items would improve this area a lot.
Would I stay here again? Maybe - might try the Holiday Inn Express down the road first however to compare. This place has a really nice location with good views and the potential with a little money and effort to be one of the nicer Ramada's. Its just not quite there yet.
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I do appreciate your kind words and helpful suggestions. Now that we are the Lake Chatuge Lodge, we do offer a larger breakfast on the weekends. Most rooms do offer a desk to sit at. We do offer a desk on our quiet second floor lobby for guests to use. Our lights are standard compact fluorescent bulbs. The room you stayed in has a fan with lights and 2 on the night stand also. I will take into consideration the fact the it may need a floor lamp or two. I hope that you will give us another chance. I look forward to meeting you when you do.
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