For the past several years, business concerns have taken me to Biscoe, NC, and the Day's Inn has been the hotel of choice, because it is adjacent to the companies with which I do business and the nearest other hotels are more than 20 miles away. Please see my earlier review for my comments, which I will here revise and extend.
Security: this has always seemed like a secure, small-town hotel. It attracts people of all sorts, and particularly workmen who are staying in the area for extended periods, but it has never seemed less than safe. I have never been concerned for my personal safety or my vehicle security while there. This year, for the first time, I saw police patrolling the lot randomly.
Previously I've written that the hotel needed refreshing, so it was a surprise to turn into the parking lot that leads to the hotel (at the back and behind a grocery store) and see the new exterior paint job. The hotel has an exterior appearance that is much, much more attractive than previously. The rooms as well had been repainted, with some new furniture and television, and possibly a new tub surround, but the carpet and furniture are still worn and stained and there is considerable rust on some of the metal bathroom fixtures, though I did not observe any mold. The room was clean upon my arrival and kept that way during my stay. I had no problems with cleanliness.
The bed was comfortable, with plenty of fluffy pillows, enough for two, and the air conditioning worked well, so it was easy to get comfortable enough to sleep as it always has been. However, as previously remarked, it is difficult to sleep late. Workman cranking loud truck engines, clomping up and down the metal stairs, and even hotel workers rolling the cleaning carts by the room with their sqeaky wheels make it impossible to sleep much later than about 8am during the week.
The TV worked well and had a good mix of channels from various regions of the state. The internet connection was quick, easy and fast. Refrigerator and microwave were provided, and a hairdryer, but not an ironing board and iron, which would have been helpful for a longer term stay.
Check in this year was a little strange. I had made my reservation, as always, through the Day's Inn website but for some reason there was a problem with the specific room designation which management said was because I had made the reservation through an outside hotel reservation service - which I did not. They suggested that I call them directly int he future, which was odd and a little suspicious for a chain hotel. Check out was quick and easy.
With a Waffle House just across the parking lot, I never use the hotel continental breakfast room but the area was being renovated this year so I'm not sure it is available.
All in all, this hotel is a low-priced hotel in quality (though clean) but upper mid-level in price, so it is not a good value. But it is convenient and clean and that is the appeal.
Be aware that the highway (NC 24) in front of the hotel is being widened and there is considerable construction. The lane markings and travel routes are neither well-striped nor well-signed. Be careful driving in the area. I suspect that the widening of the highway may be the reason for the renovation. Hopefully the hotel renovation will result in further improvement.
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