I was a little surprised by the quality of the motel considering the price I paid and the fact that it is a "pet friendly" hotel. It is obviously older and shows its age on the outside of the building. The rooms are basic and come with either a patio or balcony. The second floor room I had also featured a vaulted ceiling and seemed to be quite a bit larger than the average hotel room. One fun feature of the hotel was a bank of light switches above the nightstand allowing the guest to control almost of the lights from the bed. It's a nice feature if you have to get up in the middle of the night. Another interesting and welcomed touch was a plug adjacent to the switches so I could charge my cell phone easily and without digging behind furniture. I really wish more motels today had these sorts of features. The pool area lacked landscaping but was large for a motel and perfect for swimming. I found it to be clean and refreshing after a day of moving.
There were some operational and maintenance issues: The initial keys did not work so we were assigned a different room. It seems the lock on our first room had a low battery and there was nobody around to check. The light above the sink outside the bathroom didn't work and a bulb was missing from a fixture inside the bathroom. I was surprised to find an in-room safe then I noticed the control was ripped completely off leaving exposed wires. Housekeeping never made it to our room on the second day leading to a towel shortage. There were also some opportunities for improving cleanliness (especially in the corners) in the bathroom. The good news was that the staff was friendly and helpful without fail and responded to our requests.
With the rate I paid for the room, I expected far worse and was pleasantly surprised by the room. I'd have no problems staying there again.
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