Stayed in one of their business king rooms, number 105 to be exact. Paid about $50 per night booking through the Red Roof web site.
If you're traveling by car and you've got a lot of stuff, the first floor rooms here are ideal because you can park just steps from the door and it's a snap to move everything from the car to the room. The second floor rooms present a greater challenge because there is no elevator.
This property has been around a long time, but the business king rooms have gotten a makeover. Some improvements are cosmetic: an accent wall opposite the door painted in a contrasting color; an oval mirror over the sink; new artwork; and an interesting ribbed surface on the bathroom floor in place of the old, slick, vinyl slab.
Some of the improvements are designed to increase guest comfort. The textiles on the bed have been upgraded, and the towels are slightly better than before. They've added a small refrigerator and even smaller microwave. The tube style TV is the same, but there are more channels to watch including Speed, Great American Country, ESPNs x 4, the Country Music Channel and a couple of HBOs. If you're traveling with kids (or you like Futurama) the Cartoon Network is also available.
In addition to the king sized bed, there is a small round table and a single armchair. The latter is not as comfortable as the overstuffed recliners Red Roof used to put in this type of room, but it's OK. There is a two drawer dresser with plenty of space on top for your suitcase. And next to the bed there's a nightstand (with upgraded clock radio) a swivel chair and a handy bi-level desk that's perfect for your laptop.
This isn't the fanciest lodging in the area, but the folks are Red Roof Inn are trying hard to deliver value. The business king room has all the usual features you'd expect for $50 a night, plus a few more like the refrigerator, microwave and the expanded cable TV lineup. The "all inclusive" rate includes wi-fi and unlimited long distance calls, which is rare at this price point. The grounds are clean and inviting and the location is super convenient to both I-75 and I-285. If for some reason you don't have a car, you can actually walk to a few fast food places, a couple of convenience stores, a Target and some nicer restaurants.
My only criticism concerns the air conditioner.
It's a relic that almost certainly dates back to when this place was first built decades ago. It may have been adequate to handle the Georgia heat back in the day, but as I sit here in June of 2009 it's losing the battle. Room 105 smells musty and damp, and even though I've had the machine running full blast all night the temperature is barely tolerable and the damp, musty odor persists.
Why they would upgrade the rooms and leave the original wheezing air conditioners in places baffles me. Granted, they'd have to pay for a new unit. But a new energy efficient air conditioner would probably pay for itself.
If the weather was cool or cold I would recommend this place without hesitation. But in the summer, not so much. If you're from Banff or Iceland the anemic air conditioning may be OK. But I suspect most travelers would prefer a few more BTUs.
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