I have been using Choice hotels for some time now with fairly consistent results. The most recent stays in Choice hotels for me have been a bit disappointing.
Had to stay near the Phx airport (Sky Harbor) to pick up a family member. The hotel was rated sufficiently well, and in my price neighborhood. The lobby was open, clean and pleasant; but the workout room wasn't closed off or private. It was in an open area, across from the front desk. There appeared to be several machines which I didn't try.
Was only there for one night- and glad of it. Our first and second rooms offered were considered non-smoking- but had distinct smoke odors. The third one smelled better- and had a dead sewer roach on the floor. At this point I was just happy to have one that didn't have a smoky odor. The desk clerk explained that the city had just sprayed the sewers, and these large (1" plus long) roaches come up the drains. Well....ok. The beds were OK- husband said he felt itchy under the sheets; we others did OK tho. In the AM dropped a cosmetic lid under the vanity shelf- it rolled under the sink. Yep- another dead sewer roach. These things are a little unnerving. Felt the room couldn't be really clean. The final surprise was when we asked the front desk about breakfast- he pointed us toward a clubhouse. We headed for coffee, where an attendant informed us that there was a charge for breakfast at this facility! We didn't plan to eat much- maybe a bagel and coffee, hopefully clean- and declined to partake of the meal there. Checking out of the motel in the morning, we passed the pool- a relatively nice sized pool. Unfortunately it appeared to have green slime on the bottom. This hotel needed a face lift and thorough cleaning.
Needless to say this experience has altered my opinion of choice hotels in general. Will be wary of rates which formerly would have been in my range- guess I need to price up a notch.
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