I live in hope when I'm booked into one of these hotels. It's always a faint hope, tempered by years of disappointment.
That hope is, and continues to be, that these box-like suburban hotel brands will do SOMETHING - just one thing - to differentiate themselves from each other.
So... checked in quite late (around 1:30 am). Pleasant, but anonymous clerk had me on my way to my room in less than 60 seconds. The room was... just a room. Hotel is slightly dated; has that flowery, musty smell that accompanies places where the carpet has been damp several times and not quite dried out.
The room, a 'studio' 'suite' is just a normal room with a half wall divider between the bed and TV area. The TV is placed awkwardly between these two areas - it's ok in the living area, but it doesn't turn enough to allow easy viewing from the bed. Not a problem for some, maybe a problem for others.
The bathroom (toilet + shower) is separate from the washbasin. I'm seeing this more and more in hotels, and quite frankly I don't like it. I prefer it to be all in the same room. To each his own I guess.
The air conditioner was extremely loud, and it was located about 2 feet away from the bed. Very difficult to have it on while you're sleeping, as it blows directly on you.
Continental breakfast was ok, I just want tea and a bagel in the morning - and that was fulfilled. There were meat patties with identical factory egg patties side by each; again not my thing - but I didn't see too many other people taking them.
And that's pretty much all there is to say. Again, really no differentiation between this place and the Hampton Inn, the Courtyard, the Amerisuites, etc. etc. etc.
Two drawbacks to this location, however. To get there, if your cabbie doesn't know the way (take a map!), is an Escher-like puzzle (especially if you're coming from the south). Stonelake has two distinct segments, a fact lost on my cab driver. Oh well, he'll get it right next time - we can educate them one by one!
The other problem is that there really is nothing within a quick walk to eat. Well, ok, there is "Sam's Boat" across the street. I don't really consider that to be 'food' - it's mostly just deep fried brown stuff. And beer. Cheap beer..
Would I stay here again? Sure, why not. It's cheap, and it did the job.
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