This is a nicely located facility close to downtown Tucson, the U of A, and other interesting places where people may find themselves traveling. It's close to the freeway and easy access to many amenities - restaurants, shops, markets, etc. The rooms are comfortable, the beds are comfortable, the rooms are clean. The prices are very reasonable. That said, if you're used to staying in a hotel, or a little more upscale, there are some things you would want to know.
First, it's an old facility and the kind of place that people stop for the night to rest while they're on a journey. Think roadside motel from a 1950's movie. It's not anything even close to a destination hotel. The neighborhood is OK, but there are bums across the street in the park. Didn't cause me any concern, but I wouldn't have gone out walking alone after 9 pm., which I often do when I travel. The rooms have microwaves and refrigerators, but not coffee makers. This was only an issue for me when I realized I couldn't use the microwave to heat water because there were no microwave friendly cups in the room. The motel is on a busy street and there are road and facility noises. If you're a very light sleeper you'll want to turn on the airconditioner on the fan setting for the white noise. It works well.
The free breakfast is nice to have, but don't expect much. There are a few breads and pastries, regular coffee, hot water, non-dairy creamer and cold cereal. No fruit and no options for anyone who doesn't eat refined carbohydrates, or is gluten or wheat intolerant. The motel is close to markets so if you have restrictions and want to eat before you leave, hit the store the night before - you have a refrigerator and microwave in the room.
All in all, it's a nice little facility. It's comfortable, clean and cheap. The staff appear to live on site and are helpful and friendly. I'd definitely stay here again.
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Thank you for providing a wonderful detailed review of our Inn on TripAdvisor. I am happy to hear you had a pleasant stay with us. What you have said is pretty much what we are all about- "All in all, it's a nice little facility. It's comfortable, clean and cheap." We are indeed centrally located, less than a mile away from Tucson downtown and the University of Arizona campus where nearly 40,000 students go to college.
We are a locally owned and operated business for over 20 years and are constantly improving our Inn. Having coffee makers in all the rooms has been discussed before, however we are waiting to see if there is more demand from our customers for it before we put them in all the rooms. Meanwhile we have provided a solution, we keep coffee in our office all day long even after the breakfast hours. I would like to apologize for not having microwaveable cups in the rooms because we use plastic cups for the rooms, but we do have microwavable cups in the office that you can use.
While our continental breakfast has been discussed before, I would like to give insight to our future customers who read this review and response so they know what kind of service they get when they choose our Inn. We like to create a great balance of value and affordability. With that being said, at our very affordable rates we provide much more than typical motels do, even more than high-end hotels.
Let's start with the definition of a continental breakfast. Originally the English breakfast, (in the United Kingdom) also known as a "full breakfast/hot breakfast," included everything you usually order from a menu. You can order eggs a few different ways, bacon, sausage or ham, and toast. Also included would be coffee, juice, fruit, and pastries. The English breakfast was a whole breakfast because that was the norm in United Kingdom. While the rest of Europe, breakfast was a meal that was lighter, which included just coffee, juice, and pastries. The term itself is of British origin. "The continent" in Britain refers to the countries of continental Europe. A "continental breakfast" thus denotes the type of lighter meal served in continental Europe, as opposed to the "full" English breakfast. In general, the motels and Inns in the United States borrowed this term and used it to serve the light breakfast of coffee, juice, and pastries (usually donuts). Over the years this continental breakfast has evolved and grown to include other various items as each motel and brand desires. So when a motel or hotel describes having continental breakfast it only originally includes coffee, juice, and pastries. However, our Inn has extended this to include toast, bagels, cereal and milk, and fruit (seasonally).
Considering the value we provide at the rates that we charge, we believe we go above and beyond what the industry standard is in our motel category. If you consider high-end hotels like Sheraton and Hilton, they charge you well over $150 for a room, make you pay for wireless Internet, and don’t have any continental breakfast. They will typically have a full serve breakfast but at higher additional charges. We fit into a wonderful market where our customers get to enjoy many amenities at an all-in-one cost, which is much affordable. In the end you get more for your money without having to spend a lot for a good nights stay when traveling.
Thank you again for your gracious comments and we love to hear that you would definitely come back to stay again. We look forward to serving you again in the future!
University Inn Mgmt.
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