I read the excellent reviews and decided to give this ABVI a try and, at the same time, save a wheelbarrow full of money.
When I first arrived, Hirsh and his father, Barat, were welcoming. They were pleasant, bright and seemed confident, that confidence you have when you are good at what you do.
I went to the room and it was clean. It not only looked clean, it felt clean. Every fixture and appliance worked as it should...perfectly. The walls must be solid because I didn't hear my neighbors any of the four nights I was at the hotel.
Also, the beds...I could not believe how comfortable the beds were in the two rooms I slept in. For the amount of money I paid for a room in the area, I would have expected to be sleeping on something that was slightly more comfortable than concrete. The beds at this ABVI are the type you find in much more expensive hotels.
The bathrooms were clean and the hot water ran hot.
Some of the issues I did have were quickly resolved. The first was when one of my neighbors was smoking (in a non-smoking room) and the smoke was coming through the walls, I contacted Hirsh and he corrected the situation.
Also, I changed my plans and ended up staying an extra night. Either because of a human or technical error, there was a problem getting me the room I wanted, however, within 25 minutes, the problem was corrected.
In some of the other reviews I read, previous guests had complained. Life is not perfect and this hotel is not the Marriott or the Ritz, but you aren't paying $200 to $600 a night either.
I highly recommend this hotel. You will be paying a much lower rate than the other hotels in the area, your basic needs will be taken care of and you will be treated very well.
Food: For the malnourished, there is a McDonald's across the street. For those who want better food, there is a mall within walking distance that has several restaurants outside (on the hotel side) and several more inside. Also, Hirsh is a foodie and has excellent recommendations for restaurants around the area. Over the past 7 years, I have visited Raleigh 4 times. Each time I find a new restaurant with outstanding food. Hirsh know a few of them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Americas Best Value Inn Crabtree/Raleigh located just outside the Raleigh Beltline, only 5 miles from the center of the city and the capital city of North Carolina. Our 58 spacious newly renovated guest rooms provide guests with all of the comforts of home including free wireless high-speed Internet access, microwave, mini-fridge, cable TV with HBO, hairdryer, and free local calls. We also offer a free deluxe continental breakfast, modern business center, fitness room, and guest laundry facility. You can golf at the nearby Carolina Country Club, walk to an array of restaurants including McCormick and Schmick's Seafood, Brio Tuscan Grille, P.F.Chang's, or go shopping at the Crabtree Valley Mall. Our hotel is close to both North Carolina State University and Meredith College. Whether traveling on business at one of the government offices or Research Triangle Park, attending a convention, or just taking in the sights you are ensured a convenient, quiet, and comfortable stay. Our pet friendly hotel offers unbeatable service, an attentive 24-hour front desk staff, and competitive rates. At Americas Best Value Inn Crabtree/Raleigh, We've Got You Covered from the time you hit the road until your head hits the pillow. ... more less
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