This hotel's a good experiment in what happens when a property is renovated but immediately neglected when the management just stops caring. There are no bad motels: just bad managers. For the time being, it's clean. No bed bugs, no marks on the walls, no holes in the bed sheets, no broken items in the bathroom, no stained carpet in the hallways. Basically, no signs that it's a bad, neglected motel. When I first walked into the room, I said "Oh, this isn't that bad." But it got progressively worse.
For whatever reason, I was given an accessible double. No, not a two double room that you usually find, just one double bed. This was a Travelocity "Top Secret Hotels" purchase, so there's no telling what was written on there. The accessibility could have been requested in the reservation.
First, turning on the TV, I found it had an almost unwatchable tint to it. I messed around with it and was able to get it to a slightly better state, but it was still just wrong. Some channels were very fuzzy. One of the Showtimes was ridiculously soft, while the other was deafeningly loud. Then I go to get a drink of water from the sink. Something is really, terribly wrong with the water in the sink because it tastes like smoldering plastic. I think it may be just the cup but, no, as I smell it, I realize it's the water from the tap. This resulted in me having to pour water and brush my teeth using the bathtub faucet. The next morning, I wake up and take a shower. First, I notice the bathmat towel that's obviously stained (pictured) but, only when I get out, I realize that all the towels hanging on the one towel rack are HAND towels. No body towels. I dry myself off (the hand towels were surprisingly absorbent) and scour the room: no body towels. They just never replaced them.
The breakfast here is awful (roughly Econo Lodge par), but I wasn't expecting anything very good. You would be better off driving away and getting fast food breakfast or going to the casino, where the restaurant is actually in the hotel, so it's easier to reach. Oh, and the wifi is horrendous. The signal is fine, it's just achingly slow, and it never speeds up, even in the morning when fewer people are likely on it.
And if you're here for the casino, it's a really good location. You walk down a small hill, cross a street, and follow the sidewalk around the back to enter into the hotel doorway, which eventually leads to the casino. If you came and parked in their lot on a Saturday night, it would be roughly the same amount of walking when the lot starts to fill. Seemed like a lame casino to me, but I'm not really a gambler.
I would not recommend this hotel if you're just traveling through. Metropolis is kind of a crappy town and, although there are some other chain hotels that look decent over closer to the interstate, I think it would be better to stay across the river, in Paducah. One of the weird things I found was that there didn't seem to be any liquor stores around. At all. You could buy beer and wine at the Walgreens or at gas stations, but not at the little supermarket. Maybe it's better to have no liquor stores in a casino town, but it seemed odd.
This place will certainly be rebranded within the next year or so. Baymont is generally a bad brand, but even they have their standards.
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- Metropolis Baymont Inn