Should you randomly find yourself in Hagerstown, the Ramada is a pleasant enough budget hotel option that still offers a number of amenities, such as an indoor swimming pool and a charming feathered fellow named Bob, the bird who lives in the lobby. It's on the older side and the lobby and guest rooms reflect that, but it seemed clean enough. While touring some Civil War battlefields and making our way to a wedding, we made a planned stop in Hagerstown one very stormy Thursday night. Pay close attention to the signs in order to loop around to gain access to the Ramada, as you could easily find yourself on a highway. There's a shopping center very close by and a number of suburban sprawl amenities, should those be of importance to you. Obviously this is a city that requires a car so despite these close places, I should still imagine you'd need a car to get around. The front desk had a rather disconcerting warning noting that those guests using debit cards to pay for their rooms could expect to see a double charge on their accounts and for it to take several days for this to clear and during that time, guests would not have access to those funds -- thankfully for us, this doesn't apply to those who book through third party travel sites like Expedia. I suppose guests should be grateful for the warning!
Having spent a very hot day touring Antietam, any pool would have been fine, so this indoor pool was perfectly acceptable. An abundance of towels were available poolside and things didn't seem too slippery, though I imagine this pool could seem small in a hurry if more people joined (as it was, we were only joined by a young boy and his grandfather who sat at a table and read to him. Since it was indoors, I suppose I shouldn't have expected lounge chairs, but I was disappointed at their absence all the same. We finished our quick dip before the oncoming thunder and lightning would force others to clean out.
The bedroom itself seemed clean enough, with enough space to spread out and a Queen bed. Again, decor and furnishings were a bit dated and the bedspread in particular was not my favorite item, but everything appeared clean and the thermostat was responsive to our settings. Our bathroom was also large and clean, though the water pressure was quite pitiful and I had to stand under the shower head for quite some time before I felt like I'd washed off all the chlorine from the pool. The view was nothing to remark upon, being of the highway. We went elsewhere for dinner, but dined in the hotel restaurant as part of the free breakfast, though I rather wish we had gone elsewhere. A large number of families stay at this hotel and this creates quite a bottleneck in the awkwardly laid-out buffet area. I waited for a while to try for a waffle but one father monopolized the makers and just kept making waffle after waffle for his endless supply of children, so I opted for eggs (cold), tea (just Lipton), and fruit (soggy). I ultimately left with a danish that I knew had to be some kind of improvement as it was likely purchased from the local supermarket. We had snickered at the elevator ads for the restaurant, which displayed washed out photos of overpriced meals, but it was hard to snicker in the morning after being subjected to it. Additionally, tables weren't really wiped down and thing were rather sticky.
Still, if you're looking for a budget option, this Ramada was perfectly fine for us, save for the restaurant. Other reviews now make me a bit concerned about the pool (I hadn't been the one to book it), but it seemed fine. I imagine families would find this a good deal -- just do the other guests a favor, though, and limit just how many waffles your brood consumes in the morning at the expense of waiting guests.
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