If you're looking for 5 star quality, you're probably not looking at this chain to begin with, not to mention going to Darien, Georgia. That written, this motel fared better than I had expected.
Be forewarned - if you're expecting to enjoy a leisurely complimentary breakfast, this motel has 66 rooms and 4 tables. It's across from an outlet mall, and bargain hunters flock to complimentary breakfasts. We didn't bother with the breakfast, choosing the McDonald's not too far away. There are other choices as well.
The front desk staff is VERY friendly. While I was a little put off to find the front desk clerk outside, sitting on a luggage cart and smoking, she was very friendly, got up right away, and found my reservation and had us checked in quickly. You have to ask for a second key if you need two. The night person was also very friendly. They'll make change for the soda machine for you. THUMBS UP - a 20 oz Coke product only cost $1.50 here!!
The luggage carts were small but serviceable. Actually, considering the cost, I was surprised to find luggage carts at all. You get the free WiFi password at check-in. There's a little lounge off the tiny lobby with a TV and chairs. It was playing Leave It To Beaver when we checked in.
Room - It passed the bug inspection. The mattress pad was stained, but the mattress was in good repair. The sheets appeared clean - no hairs or stains. The room was clean to the eye - I didn't run my finger over the pictures or anything to check for deeper cleanliness.
The sink is outside the toilet/bath area. It was badly cracked and poorly mended, but it worked and didn't seem to leak. The carpet has seen better days.
Walking around the room, I discovered that the carpet around the HVAC unit was soaking wet, which helped explain the musty odor in the room. This room had a common problem - the window curtain is too long and gets caught by the air from the HVAC. This forces the air downward, which I suspect leads to condensation on the carpet. It also causes any dirt or mold trapped in the curtain to circulate throughout the room, as well as making the HVAC unit inefficient at heating or cooling. I folded the luggage rack and propped it on the HVAC, trapping the curtain and freeing the airflow.
Furniture is old and scratched, but there's an in-room safe and a nice flatscreen TV, as well as complimentary coffee service.
The most striking thing about the room is the number of lamps. It looks like it was updated to move from wall sconces to table lamps, but the wall sconces are still there! In all there were 8 lamps, but only 4 or 5 worked.
The bathroom was mostly clean. There was dust and dirt buildup in the corners, but the toilet and tub were visibly clean. I don't do a Melchiorre and run toilet paper under the rim. Towels are standard budget motel issue, and had no visible hairs or stains on them.
If you want a nice, clean, friendly place to sleep and shower, this is a great choice.
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- Also Known As:
- Darien Comfort Inn