Quite tricky to find since the GPS turned me away from the property and around a frontage type road. I suppose it may have been so I could see the sign on side of the building way up the hill, beyond the Machine Shed and Comfort Suites. A sign with an arrow on that frontage road might have been more help since there was already a sign there for the Living History Farm.
Fortunately I asked people who were exiting their car, at the Comfort Suites. They directed me to the red lamp posts that seem to delineate the property line. The Sleep Inn appeared to be new-ish, well maintained, with a computer nook in the lobby, a fire going in the gas fireplace, and the front desk people were cheerful as they informed me my reservation was canceled and there was no room at the Inn.
There was a manager who noted they had an emergency "check out" so if I could be patient, they would see about getting housekeeping to check the room while they worked at getting it available in their system to check me in. They busied themselves with the computer, checking in other guests for a bit, and then announced I was all set.
Off I went to the room which was nice and appeared pleasant enough till I started to unpack. The room was meant for a man since there was so little space to put things down. Maybe if there was a luggage rack it would free the space in the closet area where I had squeezed my purse and small suitcase.
Don't get me wrong, it had a nice large flat screen TV, nice carpet, good towels, iron, ironing board, etc but no fridge or microwave. The bathroom was weird, a closet with a sliding door containing a commode and no tub, just a shower with no room to put anything, just a soap dish and grab bar. The towel rack was over the commode on the opposite end of the tiny room.
Maybe after the long drive (over six hours) I just wanted to sink into a bubble bath but I figured it would ease some of my tension to take a hot shower. Thank goodness I wanted to wash my long hair because there was little movement in the direction of the shower head. With no ledge or shelf I used the soap dish for my soap, shower gel, and conditioner, then I balanced my little trial size shampoo on the grab bar.
The sink area had a very small vanity, so that when I added my toiletry case to the coffee maker that was there, it took up all the available space. I had to jockey to make room for the ice bucket.
I wandered off to the vending area, passing the pool which was empty but looked inviting and noted an adults only hour. There was a hot tub too and some seating.
So now to get some work done. I unpacked my laptop to the desk which holds the big TV but not much else besides the hotel phone and a lamp with a big base. The case has to go up on the rack over the closet because there is no place else to fit it in even standing on end. I was glad I didn't need a notebook or anything to work from.
There was room for my book but nothing else on the nightstand because of another lamp with a big base. I hate to sound like a broken record but I felt like I was juggling all evening long looking for somewhere to put things down. Even the remote had to be put on top of my book because there was no space.
The bed was fairly comfortable with pillows of different materials so you had a range of softness to choose from the four on each bed, The blackout curtain worked well with no interference from the heating/cooling system. There was no noise unless someone was in the hallway.
If I have to go back I may plan to be out of the room more or pack differently. With only a one night stay I didn't use drawers. Maybe that would help.
Breakfast seemed to be varied: eggs. sausage, waffles, whole fruit, and an assortment of pastries and juices. That is a bit better than some hotels offer.
Check out was easy. The meeting room was about average with a plentiful supply of ice water replenished by the staff at intervals. We had access to the heat controls for the room.There were both a men's room and ladies room right there in the meeting room.
All in all, it was OK but the whole experience just was not great for me.
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- Also Known As:
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