The title sums up this motel's main draws. I got this on a Priceline vacation package. It was either this, Days Inn, or pay something like $80 more for my four nights. This appeared to be in a better location than the Days Inn, so I chose it. Kind of glad that I did, because there was a lot of construction on the bypass, in front of the Days Inn, so that would have likely been very annoying.
But I wasn't expecting a lot here. I mean, anyone who's stayed in a Travelodge, experiencing all the glory of a "Bear Bites Breakfast" and a stay where at least something has to go wrong, knows that this is not a top-end hotel. I was happy that my little cinder-blocked paradise (relatively large room) was bed bug free and seemed to be clean. I think what throws some people off is the exterior of this place, which will likely be nostalgic for some, especially the hallways that stink of cigarettes. Actually, it reminded me of an apartment complex in Boulder where a friend lived for a while, as it was an old motel that had been converted. I could see that happening to this one, actually, because it's pretty much the last business (period) before you reach the IU campus, a long stretch of residential.
Staff seemed nice enough, never being too friendly but also being cordial. One was even nice enough to send off a fax for me at no charge. The breakfast was garbage, as anticipated, and the funny thing was that, because I like my bagel actually toasted instead of heated, it set the smoke detector off. The clerk said that this was a common occurrence, and that it would stop soon. But it went on for a full two minutes, and, needless to say, I was not there the following morning to take advantage of my complimentary Bear Bites Breakfast.
The requisite of any Travelodge stay is that something has to go wrong. In this case, it was the wifi, which just suddenly stopped working one night, and was out for over 24 hours. I tried several access points, but all of them refused to give me an IP. I asked and was told that it was having issues, and that there was no estimated time of restoration, so I had to finish the night at a coffee shop in order to complete my business for the day. Annoying, yes. But it could have been worse.
And, yeah, it's not THAT bad. I mean, I've certainly stayed in worse motels, even worse Travelodges, and at least it was in a good location in a safe neighborhood. So if you're coming here on a tight budget and need something close, clean and cheap, this would be a good option. Otherwise, there are other places in Bloomington that will suit you much better.
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- Also Known As:
- Bloomington Travelodge Hotel Bloomington
- Bloomington Travel Lodge
- Travel Lodge Bloomington
- Travelodge Bloomington