I made reservations on Priceline for a one night stay at the Stratford Inn. When my friend and I made it there to check-in, we were told there were no more rooms left. Granted, it was late (after midnight), but I had made reservations weeks before hand. There were no staff on site...just a security guard, who couldn't do anything for us. We ended up driving about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta and staying there.
I complained to the manager about the issue. He offered me a free stay next time I was in town. This past weekend, my friend and I were back in Atlanta. We made it to the Stratford Inn in the afternoon. When I told the staff that I had a free stay (I also had a printed e-mail from the general manager confirming our free stay), they were clueless about it, but they gave us a room. When I casually asked the sweet front desk girl if this was a 'safe place', she responded with, "Yes, for the most part...we only have an issue about once a week or so"...THAT should have been our first clue that this was a dump. The room itself was nothing special. Cleaner than the hallway we had to walk through to get there.
When my friend and I returned to the hotel for the evening, we were suprised to find that we had to swipe our room key to even get into the front door of the hotel. There was that same security officer sitting inside...and again, not a staff member in sight.
We retired for the evening. Shortly after 8am the next day, we walked outside to our car...only to find that it was broken into. Yes, someone broke into our car, which was parked in the hotel parking lot.
The police officer who came to help us out told us that this was the WORST area of Atlanta. He said that just last week, he took two people to jail after they caused a scene at the hotel.
While the staff was relativily friendly (when they were actually there), the place is not in a safe area of Atlanta (obviously). You get what you pay for...mediocre rooms, nothing special (no free breakfast, no coffee makers in rooms). I understand that it is a cheap place to stay, but PLEASE...just pay the extra money and stay in a safer area. You'll be thankful that you did.
Don't stay here
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