I stayed one night at this hotel on my way to Arizona. When I had made the reservation online a few weeks before, I indicated that I'd like a quiet room and that I was going to be alone.
First of all, driving up to it, it's rather hidden when it's dark - if I hadn't had a GPS screaming (well, not really) at me that the hotel was "RIGHT HERE!", I would have driven right past it. It's set way back from the street, inside a shopping area. There is a lighted sign on the street, but I could have missed it. As I drove in I saw that it was right smack - almost up against - the freeway and I thought, "Oh no" - but it turned out not to be much of a problem.
A very friendly and efficient woman greeted me when I walked into the lobby and knew almost immediately who I was. She had my check-in documents ready and the rest of the process of getting my key and signing papers went very fast. Luckily, someone had noticed my comment when I made the reservation, because she directed me to a room at the end of the hall abutting the back parking lot, and next to the back room of the office - so I was basically by myself and separated from any noise that might occur from the hotel, but also felt secure because I was next to the office.
I can see why they call it Extended Stay - there was a complete kitchen in the room! Full-sized fridge, a cook top with two burners, sink, cabinets. Everything you'd need if you had to hang out for a month or two. And I was REALLY surprised to see that it was fully equipped with dishes, kitchen items, etc. How often do you find that in a hotel room without requesting it or paying extra?
I also have to mention that I got an amazing rate for this room - probably shouldn't say how much - but look around on several sites before you book. You may get it too.
The room was clean and there was a flat-screen TV. I think the bed was a pillow-top and it was quite comfy. After I was in the room for a few minutes, my phone rang. I froze - who on earth would be calling me? It turned out to be the friendly desk person, asking how the room was. What a nice touch, especially for a woman traveling alone!
Would I stay there again? You betcha. And the only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because it's next to the freeway - make sure you bring earplugs!
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