How I wish I'd read these reviews prior to using my discount coupon and staying at this place! The coupon reduced the price to less than $40.00. The location was convenient. The front desk evening clerk and the young man who was pushing a wet mop as well as handling check-outs the next morning were both friendly and pleasant.
That's about all the positives that can be cited for this place. As others have noted, it was a mess!
I was directed to the side door - as I entered the building, I noticed the gravel edging the sidewalk was absolutely filled with cigarette butts, despite the presence of a free-standing "ashtray". The elevator was next to the entrance, but while I was waiting for it to arrive, I noticed loose wiring hanging from the ceiling of the adjoining corridor. Once aboard the elevator, I saw that the floor was quite dirty and didn't appear to have been cleaned for some time.
My second floor non-smoking room reeked of cigarette smoke - when I left the room, I saw that the room on one side was also non-smoking, but those two appeared to be the only non-smoking rooms along the corridor. I was glad to have a small balcony with a sliding glass door - it helped air out the room (fortunately, it was a warmish day), but I knew I'd have to do more to make it anywhere near tolerable.
When I started to transfer the contents of my small cooler, I found that the front of the small refrigerator door was extremely dusty and dirty. So I dampened a paper towel I had along, and gave it a swipe - which only made the dust atop the fridge stand out more by contrast, so it also got attention from me. But when I started to store my snacks, I found that the refrigerator's door handle was broken and swinging freely from its one remaining bolt.
After going out for dinner and finding a nearby Dollar Store which had room freshener, I entered the Inn by what was now a very dark side doorway - where was the security light?? - did what I could about the stinky room, and eventually started to prepare for bed, but wanted to watch television for a while first. The TV worked, but once on the bed, I found cigarette holes burned into the white lining of the dark quilted bedspread. More cigarette burns were on the edge of the bedside table. This was a non-smoking room??? Right...
So finally preparing for sleep, I looked around for a clock radio I could set to make sure I would awake on time for an early start on down the road. Aha, there it was, atop the refrigerator - but it didn't seem to have a clock. A closer investigation proved that it was plugged in, after all, but the clock function was impossible to set - the time would only read 12:00, and then would swiftly blink out, leaving a completely dark screen. I couldn't get the radio to function at all.
So after a fair night's sleep, I woke up naturally - too late to try the free breakfast, which was only offered until 9:00 a.m. - and got ready to take a bath. But I couldn't - there was no plug in the tub, so I settled for a shower.
I told the young man pushing the dust mop of the various issues I encountered - he apologized, but didn't offer to get a manager or to reduce my bill or to do anything else to make up for the lapses. Instead, he made excuses for several things, including the great number of cigarette butts just outside the side entrance - claiming the staff would clean them up, only for them to reappear. Really, how long does it take for at least 50-75 butts to accumulate?? That didn't happen overnight...
Sometimes an apparent bargain just isn't worth the money saved. This "Dis-comfort Inn" experience certainly proved just that. Never again...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All rooms equipped with coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. Microwaves and refrigerators available. Interior corridor and drive-up rooms available. Casey Jones Village adjacent. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Econo Lodge Jackson