This hotel, formerly a Holiday Inn (and before that, who knows?), is one of those tired 60s-70s era buildings that never seems to have gotten adequately refurbished. Ramada has changed the livery and interior advertising, but not much else. The staff tries very hard, both in the hotel and in the interior restaurant. But it doesn't seem as though their management gives them very much to work with.
The entrance stinks of cigarettes most times of the day, and every hallway and room I've stayed in (4-5X?) smells of stale cigarette smoke barely controlled with some kind of deodorizer. If you dislike the smell of cigarettes, you will hate this hotel.
In fairness, the housekeeping staff does an excellent job and rooms are always reliably clean, absent the cigarette odors. No cockroaches or dirty washbasins here.
When I am in Cumberland, I try to stay at the nearby Marriott Fairfield Inn, a much nicer, cleaner, newer property closer to the C&O Canal and away from the CSX switching yard across the street from the Ramada. If you do stay at the Ramada, ask for a room on the front side of the hotel. Otherwise, you'll be hearing diesel engines moaning and freight car strings banging off and on all night. (In contrast, if you stay at the Fairfield Inn, ask for a room on the back side. The front faces the highway, the back the river and canal: Harleys roaring by day and night in front, park-like quiet in back.)
In case you hadn't figured it out, there aren't a lot of lodging options in Cumberland. If you can't get into the Fairfield Inn, consider the Best Western in LaVale. After that, the Ramada is the next best choice, I'm afraid... (I've only been there on business, and only two nights at a time, so I have never checked out the limited number of B&Bs.)
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Cumberland Downtown Hotel Cumberland
- Cumberland Holiday Inn