Our Grandparents (maybe in your case great-grands) went into town and stayed at a hotel where the porter took their suitcases up to the room. Then our parents (like on a honeymoon) went to the roadside motel and pulled their car right up next to their room. Today there are the motel chains where you drive up, park, and walk a way to your personal room. Well, Russell Inn is what our parents did... park the car and went into the room.. so it's a bit older and "rustic" than the more modern ones and not as "quaint" as the old downtown ones. The one advantage .. ???.. it's priced right. At ($50 $56 w/ tax) for the two of us, Russell Inn offered comfortable beds, hot water in the shower and internet connection. Other things, like Front Desk help, air conditioner (worked great), toiletries, better breakfast, etc are all here also. Slept well, as is quiet here. Rooms could use more outlets, esp. closer to the bed so could work on computer. You will find a few worn parts here and there, like shower head, no vent cover over vent, etc.. but you get what you pay for.
Russell Inn advertize rooms for $32.95.. but this is like the car dealer that has the $4K car.. it's gone by 5:30 am because you got to the dealer by 6:00 am. Don't expect to get a room for that price.. it's already gone.. if you get my meaning. Still, the $50 was fine and comparable to others in the area.
Another problem for this small town of 4500 - and childhood home to Bob Dole - is that it's between two giant room sources.. Salina, where I-70 and I-135 intersect and is the middle of the State (of Kansas) and Hays, Kansas, college town that has a lot of available rooms in the summer. I-70 saves the motels in this area... lol.
Something else you might want to know.. Russell is home to the largest population of insects on the planet. You will see when you get here. Black beetles and more flying insects than you can believe.. just try to see the lights they swarm around. If this doesn't bother you, then you're good.
Overall, it's an older motel priced decently. Under new management from two Texans who is using it as an investment property... and they are trying to fix it up... so let's give them credit for that. Also, and importantly, there was a front desk help named Amy Hecker.. who really was something else, Funny, polite, kind, helpful, intelligent.. etc... really sold the place. It's really a lot like the other, esp. for the price, but her character provided the magic to choose this place. she might not be working here when you come by, but just had to mention her.
have fun traveling.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are proud to offers you many amenities without the inflated price - welcome to the Russell's Inn in Russell, KS. We have remodeled our rooms to make your stay comfortable and affordable as possible in current economy. Enjoy our complimentary high-speed internet service in all rooms and complimentary breakfast daily from 6:00am-10:00 am. Many restaurants are within walking distance. There is a microwave and refrigerator in every room. We are open 24/7 and our staff is dedicated to make you feel at home while you are away from home. Please call for reservations today. Our staff will be delighted to help you with room selection and information. We look forward to your stay with us. ... more less
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