I travel several times a year to Big Spring and have stayed in several of the local hotels. Before you stay anywhere in Big Spring, you need to know that the current oil boom in the area has drastically changed the availability, the price and the quality of many of the local hotels. It is difficult to find any decent hotel in area for less than about $175.00 a night. This may be sticker shock for some-- one expects to pay those high prices when you travel to large cities with loads of fun things to do and lots of ammenities. You don't expect to pay that rate at a La Quinta Inn.
With that said, my review is written to compare this hotel to the others in the given climate. This is NOT my first choice when I travel to Big Spring.
Here are my concerns during my recent stay:
1. The sheets were worn and pilled-- there were little balls of worn off cotton on the main part of the fitted sheet. Very disconcerting and slightly itchy. The sheets were not changed during my stay even though I removed the sign that said "save water and keep this on the bed so we don't change the sheets"
2. The breakfast was extremely picked over each morning. I am guessing this is because the hotel seemed to filled with extremely large hard working oil men, but for the prices they are charging, could they fill the cereal container more frequently PLEASE? Very little fruit-- I think I got one bruised apple the entire week.
3. All the Ice Machines are not working in the hotel. When I wanted ice one night, I was told to see the front desk. The nice little gal took me back to the kitchen, where they had one very small 5 lb bag of ice for the whole hotel. The desk clerk told me "take only what I needed-- this is all I have all night" She later explained that they could not keep the machines working because the oil rig workers fill their large coolers and take it all. So they unplugged them all! (sigh) So, let me understand...$200 a night, and no ice machines?
4. Parking: The parking lot is kinda small for a hotel this size. Especially with the extremely large trucks of the oil workers. If you don't get a parking spot before 6pm, you will have to away from the main entrance-- which requires you to walk around the whole hotel. (They lock completely all the doors of the hotel except for the front entrance) I did not feel comfortable as an unaccompanied female after dark to make that walk.
5. Security: After 8pm I was very disconcerted to see a very very very young female working alone at the front desk. When I say young, I mean she looked seriously like she was 14 years old. Extremely short and small. My point here is that most of the hotel was filled with large men from all over who have come to work in this area for a relatively short period of time. They are away from their familes, etc. It seriously didnt make me feel secure or safe to have this young person be the only person at the front desk in the middle of the night. Again, for the rates they are charging, they can afford to have more than one person working in that environment late at night.
Overall, I would stay here again if I did not have another choice. I felt taken advantage of in some way-- like they took my high rates because they could, and then offered the bare minimum they could. I do not feel that way when I stay at other hotels in this area.
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