Of the hotels in the area, the Super 8 was closest to my dive location and had the best rate. I was somewhat hesitant to book there when I was given the option of smoking or non-smoking rooms. As a person who suffers from watery eyes and slightly labored breathing when in contact with cigarette smoke, I usually book smoke-free hotels. I figured I was only staying one night and could request a room as far from the smoking rooms as possible.
I checked in Saturday evening and asked for a room far from the smoking rooms. The employee said there were only 10 smoking rooms on one end of the hotel; my room was on the opposite end, second floor. I asked about a room on the first floor as I had a lot of scuba gear to bring in. She told me there was not one available and the motel had not elevator. She suggested I drive around to the side and enter there, as the stairs were at the end of the hallway. Just be warned non-smokers, the cigarette smoke hits you the moment you walk into any doorway.
I took a look at the room before unloading my car. The room appears to have been updated within the last year or so – European (curved) shower curtain rod, neutral décor, comfy beds and pillows. The heating/air is individually controlled, which is a plus. The water pressure was great, although there is a trick to flushing the toilet – depress the handle first, allow it to fill, and then it will flush completely. Initially, I could not smell smoke in the room. As the night went on, it made its way into the unit. The swimming pool was below me, so I was sure the smoke was not from below.
Complimentary breakfast was provided from 6-9 in the lobby. I didn’t eat anything although the selection was okay. There was not a lot of choice, but enough to tide you over, including juices and muffins. Checkout was quick and easy.
For 50% less than the price of other hotels, I probably would stay here again, but only for one night. For stays any longer than that, I would pay the increased rate for a different hotel. A rate of 2.5 would seem more appropriate, not poor, but not average either.
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- Also Known As:
- Super 8 Bourbonnais
- Super Eight Bourbonnais
- Bourbonnais Super Eight
- Bourbonnais Super 8