I found that rates everywhere seemed to be equal, so I booked directly through the hotel's website. I also signed up for their loyalty program to save a bit extra.
The hotel is pretty basic. Like most budget hotels in Eastern Washington, there are no interior hallways to save on heating and cooling costs. This also means that you can back your car right up to the door if you're on the ground floor.
When I arrived, I was checked in within just a few minutes. Other than telling the clerk my name and signing the check in sheet, there was nothing I had to do, regardless of the sign three feet behind him that stated that ID was required for check in. I had never stayed at this hotel nor any other Choice Hotel, so this was a bit disconcerting. When I booked online, I put in a special request to be placed on the top floor. When I got there, they had already made they keys and it was room 108. I hoped this wasn't going to be a problem--I don't like listening to people above me--and it wasn't. I don't think they had anyone on the upper floors. The hotel looked pretty empty and they were in the process of upgrading furniture.
The hotel has surveillance cameras at key places. There were at least 8, if not more. At least 3 monitored the area in and around the lobby, and others showed the rest of the hotel including the parking spaces nearest the rooms. There was a monitor above the front desk that seemed to be there to passively alert guests that the property was being monitored.
The room wasn't the cleanest that I've stayed in, but clean enough. The bedding was a bit disappointing, only a sheet and a very thin comforter. I was too tired to care though. The heating/cooling unit is mounted high in the bathroom. It did a so-so job of heating the room. I only had it on for about 20 minutes because I found the noise of the fan bothersome.
I couldn't get the wireless internet to work. My laptop often has trouble connecting to the access points at school, so I'm not sure if the problem was my laptop or their access points. The Shari's in the parking lot also has free WiFi, but the signal strength was too low for me to attempt to connect to it. Luckily I can connect my cell phone to my laptop and use my unlimited data plan so I was able to use the internet in my room. Outlets at the desk were nonexistant, which was annoying. Two were hidden behind the TV, two next to it, and two between the bed and the phone. Luckily I had my own extension cord, but I did have to unplug one of the lamps to use it. I did not try the microwave, but the fridge was cold inside (and empty). I also did not use the TV.
The bathroom is very large but oddly shaped. The counter was big enough for one male, but any other combination would find it too small. If you don't need to use the iron, the ironing board could provide an extension to the counter. Also, the ironing board had a bracket bolted to it, and the iron had a curled cable attaching it to that bracket. The iron could reach the other end of the board with no problem, but the cable was very annoying. A cheap pair of wire or bolt cutters would have solved this problem, but those aren't things I normally travel with.
The deluxe continental breakfast exceeded my expectations. The breakfast is available from 6am to 9am. I walked in just before 6:30 and was pleasantly surprised to find the room empty of people and full of food ready to eat. What I remember: Hot & Cold cereal, mini yogurt cups, bagels, muffins, waffle iron with a waffle dough dispenser, coffee, apple/orange juices (there was a third, don't remember what it was...not grape), scrambled eggs, sausage patties, and more. There was also a large LCD screen blaring CNN, with a sign next to that telling me that I wasn't allowed to remove food or drink from the breakfast room, so no "saving some for later" or grabbing "one for the road". Overall I was very impressed with the breakfast. Usually hotel eggs suck, and these scrambled eggs were fluffy and tasted pretty good. This could have been due to my timing, but I was very impressed with the amount of choices. I would've snapped some photos, but I would have felt like a dork since there's a camera watching everything going on in the breakfast room.
Checkout process couldn't get much easier. Just leave the room keys (cards) somewhere in the room and leave. My credit card was charged 3 days after checkout, although I would have been just as happy if it wasn't charged at all ;)
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