Finding a cheap place to stay in August in Mason is very difficult because of the Cincy pro tennis tournament, which is the reason for our stay, and because of Kings Island/The Beach. Last year we stayed at the Super 8 and it wasn't too bad (MUCH better than the Kings Island Resort & Conference Center). Early in the year I decided to look into rates at Microtel because I knew that Microtel is part of the same family of hotels (through Wyndham). The rates were slightly lower than Super 8 but since we were going to be staying for 10 nights, it definitely added up. I didn't have high expectations but hoped that it would be up to par with the Super 8 and nothing completely disgusting. We also requested a fridge and microwave, so it was up in the air whether that request would be honored.
Check in went relatively smooth. The room that they gave us was RIGHT next to the reception area, which was a bit annoying considering there would be a lot of traffic through there. The room was as I expected - very very tiny. The TV was way up above the armoir because there wasn't anything other than a writing desk or night stands to place it on. The bathroom was probably 3/4 the size of the room itself. I can understand why King-sized beds are not available at this place. As we were unpacking our suitcases (barely enough room to open the large suitcase in between the bed and the wall), we received a call from the front desk. They wanted to know if we would be willing to move to a different room so that they could fit the fridge in there.
We agreed and they took us to a room that seemed like twice the size (wheelchair accessible) which was a drastic improvement. The room had the same amenities and decor, but with much more open space. There was even room for a cot if we needed to a place for another person to sleep. They didn't deliver the fridge and microwave until the next day because none were available at the moment, but that wasn't a big deal. We were happy to not be cramped for 10 nights. The only things that bothered me about that particular room are 1) The light above the shower did not work and 2) The room was next to an exterior entrance so we were woken up here and there from the door slamming and 3) There was no counter space in the bathroom, probably because it was an ADA room.
Overall, I was happy with the place. We were there to shower and sleep, so it did the job for under $100 per night (after taxes) on average. I found out a couple weeks later that rooms at this place off season are about $30-$40 a night! So they are definitely raising prices during the tournament and when the parks are open but I guess I would do it too if I were them.
Pros: Very close to the tennis facility, friendly staff, free WiFi, coin laundry machine available, juice/coffee offered from 6-10AM or so... they provided tennis match schedule at front desk along with park tickets.
Cons: Outdated decor, light out in bathroom, wallpaper borders starting to come off, drapes needed cleaning, no pool, continental breakfast undesirable, front desk/lobby area/hotel rooms very close to one another and not sectioned off, poor vending machine selections. Now I'm just getting picky...
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