I stayed at The Monroe for one Friday evening at the end of February and found my room comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.The Monroe is a renovated "motor lodge" style of motel, with two levels and outside entrances to your room. The room interiors have been remodeled with a retro-contemporary aesthetic; nice looking and comfortable, but not expensive furnishings. I found the bed and linens comfortable for my night's sleep, although I did request an additional blanket for warmth.
There are two things that I think people should be aware of. One is an apparent issue with the WiFi connection and the second is with the traffic noise. When first trying to connect to the WiFi, I kept getting a message box saying that the pass-code I was entering was incorrect. I re-checked the number code and re-entered the code a handful of times with the same message appearing. I called to the front desk and the gentleman who answered said he would be right up. He promptly appeared and tried a few times to connect my iPad but with the same message appearing. He said that he had seen this happen a few times in the past and suggested moving towards the office downstairs to see if we could connect. He said that customers had been able to connect in the office and then stay connected when they returned to their room. I easily connected to their WiFi in the office but disconnected again as I returned to my second level room. So I returned to the lobby to take care of my online business and while I was there a woman popped in and said that if people were having trouble connecting to the internet to keep trying. She said she was finally able to connect after repeatedly entering in the code. When I mentioned it the next morning as I was checking out, the person said they had never heard of problems, but did say they would let the manager know of the issue. I think the gentleman that tried to help me the night before was honest in his comment that there have been ongoing intermittent problems with their system. If you need a reliable internet connection, this may be a problem for you.
The second consideration would be the road noise. I stayed on the second floor facing the pool. Without the air-conditioner running, I could easily hear all of the outside noise coming from the main avenue the motel sits on as well as the people mingling around the pool. I was in need of sleep, so I went to bed early, put in ear plugs and turned on the air-conditioner. I woke early morning and turned the air-conditioner off because it was audible through my earplugs. I woke shortly after to the sound of the morning traffic and some people talking in the pool area.
The Monroe is a comfortable motel to stay and reasonably priced but be aware of the potential WiFi problem and the lack of soundproofing in the rooms. The rooms facing the side parking lot might be more protected from the road noise.
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