Sealed, Non-Perishable Food? Check.
Distilled Water? Check.
Sleeping Bag? Check.
You might as well throw in a sterno and tent and just stay in the woods somewhere nearby instead. It would probably be a better experience than paying for this hotel. I've stayed in some bad places, and honestly I'm sure there are worse than this out there, but wow - this thing takes the cake.
The manager starts off by nicknaming me "butterbean" about a minute into my time at the front desk. Wow, is he this friendly with all the guests? The hotel had the classic smell of mold mixed with old curry and garbage. Despite the "normal" amount of cars in the parking lot, it seemed like there were a ton of "guests" just hanging around outside, and by "guests" I mean what looked like an array of skinny crackheads both at the front and side entrances.
The side entrance itself was interesting to say the least. I don't think it even locked or had a card-keyed entry. Anyone could have easily just waltzed in during the night and started knocking on doors. The hotel is actually relatively close to the Gwinnett LEC / Sheriff's Office, within only about 2-3 miles, but don't think that this makes you any more safe. I was glad I had my gun with me.
The room was in an adorable state of disrepair. I immediately knew I wouldn't be sleeping in the bed when I turned it down to see it loaded with stained spots. I argued whether or not it was even safe to sleep ON the bed, but I had not brought my sleeping bag or a tarp to cover the sheets with.
So in the middle of the night: ding, dong - Pizza guy. Literally, a pizza delivered to my room that I didn't order. NOPE - Not opening that door no matter how hard he knocks. Shortly after this, someone decides it's a good idea to start bouncing a basketball on the wall next door. *Thump, thump, thump* for a few minutes. As I sit there awake and wonder whether or not it will stop, I decide that it's pointless to do nothing and jam my pistol in the back of my pants as I go to the front desk. It was probably better to go there and ask them to call instead of banging on the door of the person doing it, since I really did not want to have to meet whoever thinks it is a good idea to bounce a basketball on a wall in a hotel at 1am. At the minimum, the guy at the front desk was kind enough to make the call and the noise stopped.
In the morning I got the hell out as soon as I could. Probably one of the sketchiest places I have stayed, and thank God it was just one night. If you're going to come here, come ARMED. Better yet, save yourself the trouble and just camp out in the woods or something - it's probably a lot safer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As of January 5th, 2014 the hotel went through extreme renovation and cleaning. The hotel has new Management and Ownership. This AAA 2-Diamond Rated Magnuson Hotels affiliate is just around the corner from the Gwinnett County Courthouse, and downtown Lawrenceville. The Magnuson Hotel Lawrenceville is located near AAA Braves Stadium, Mall of Georgia, Gwinnett Arena and Convention Center, and George Gwinnett Technical College. Just a short drive will take you to Six Flags over Georgia, Discover Mills Outlet, Stone Mountain State Park, Atlanta area attractions.Guest can enjoy continental breakfast each morning, free wireless internet, an outdoor pool, meeting room space, and pets are welcome with additional charges. Spacious rooms with either one king bed or two queen beds, coffeemaker, hairdryers, iron with board, microwave, and mini-fridge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Lawrenceville
- Lawrenceville Best Western