First, because I value good service: the employees at this motel are kind, efficient, and pleasant, and keep the facility clean. My beef is with the management who, the desk clerk cheerfully said, had hiked the weekend rates on this particular date because of area events. In fact, the rates doubled from the prior night. DOUBLED.
We were displaced from our home nearby by contractors on a Thursday evening and got a king bed room for just under $90. The work unexpectedly lasted longer and so we returned the next night. With taxes and fees the same room was now $200. That's more than what I spend to stay in a new, designer-furnished luxury boutique hotel bustling with amenities at a prime location in Chicago's trendy River North. The clerk explained, as if to justify the rate hike, that being one of two hotels in town justified the increase.
Let's be clear: this is a Super 8. Dorm furniture, Dollar Store toiletries, styrofoam cups. Walls so thin we could hear the conversations on either side, the the endless cacophony of slamming doors and plumbing, and children running up and down the halls.
So for those of you shopping lodging alternatives, may I point out that Verona is a sleepy bedroom community well south of Madison and beyond the Beltline ringing the city. This motel is next to a farm and feed store, a stoplight away from the county compost pile where I get mulch for my raised garden beds. Nearby dining options are a McDonalds and a Dairy Queen. To travel into Madison you will have to negotiate Verona Road, the area's busiest traffic and trucking artery now mangled and slowed to a crawl by major long-term construction years from completion. To say this motel is proximate to attractions on Madison's isthmus is like saying Newark is an easy hop skip and a jump from midtown Manhattan.
Dozens of other communities and lodging alternatives are as close or closer, nice or nicer, as or more convenient. I encourage travelers to study their options.
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- Also Known As:
- Super 8 Verona / Madison Area Hotel Verona
- Super Eight Verona
- Verona Super Eight
- Verona Super 8