This motel on Midland Trail appeared nice enough as we drove up, and quite charming with the yellow painted, exterior-corridor building with patios for each room. There are two buildings at this motel, a somewhat charming yellow-painted one with exterior room doors attached to the registration area and a separate, very dated "Shenandoah" building with an interior corridor, which is located behind the 'charming' building. Unfortunately, our room was in the Shenandoah buidling.
Posted at the entrance to the Shenandoah building and the registration area were lots of paper signs warning of $100 fines for smoking, pets, and unauthorized visitors in rooms. Upon entering the building, the smell of air freshener overpowered us. It was fighting a losing battle to mask a very strong musty/mildew odor. The carpet in the hallway and the room was stained and worn. The room was very dark and appeared not to have been updated since the 1970's. It had inadequate lighting (which was, frankly, a blessing) and dark wallpaper. The dark blue semi-plush carpet was matted in high traffic areas, the upholstered chairs were very stained and had holes in the upholstery. The refrigerator not only didn't work, but smelled terrible. The ceilings had waterstains in spots and had been poorly patched and painted in other spots. The room smelled very musty and dusty. The wallpaper in the bathroom was peeling. The walls were also quite thin. We could hear the details of the nocturnal activities of our neighbors.
On the bright side, the room was quite large and the water pressure in the shower was strong and refreshing. The motel was conveniently located near downtown Lexington.
The positive reviews of this place appear to result from guests lucky enough to stay in rooms in the yellow, main building. As I walked to check out in the morning, I peeked in one of those rooms as it was being cleaned. It was more recently updated, with typical, commercial-grade motel carpeting, more modern furniture and better lighting.
I would recommend against a stay in the Shenandoah building of this motel, but might consider a stay in the main building.
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