The above quote is actually not mine. It's what the man at the nearby pizza parlor told us when we said we were staying there. It has a reputation for having prostitutes and the like.
We knew what he was talking about. When we pulled up, the first thing we saw was a young woman, scantily dressed, walking through the parking lot in a seductive manner. Though I didn't stop to inquire, she definitely appeared to be a prostitute.
As we got out of our car, the 10 or so people leaning over the railing of the upstairs balcony stared at us. We got the clear impression that we were in the wrong neighborhood.
I booked on a third party site, so I had called the hotel in advance to confirm that we had a room with two beds, and I was informed that we did not but that it shouldn't be a problem to change. The woman I spoke with told me that if I didn't hear back, to assume I had a room with two beds. When we checked in, I asked if we had been given a room with two beds. The woman said, "Yes, that will be $10." I told her that I hadn't been told there would be an additional charge and I would rather have a king size bed if that was the case. She told me that she had no more rooms with king size beds and insisted I pay the $10. I refused. I told her that for $10 more, I would have stayed at a nicer hotel. After much arguing, she finally gave in, but customer satisfaction clearly wasn't her priority.
As we walked to our room, we passed some intimidating characters, and I noticed that there were broken items, including a large sheet of glass, laying next to and under the stairwell.
The room was relatively clean, but the unpleasant experiences we had getting to the room made my travel partner feel unsafe. We ended up leaving the hotel and staying elsewhere. We cared more about a decent place to stay than getting our money back.
If the hotel somehow cleaned up its clientele, it could be a decent stay. Until then, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Americas Best Value Inn Fort Wayne is conveniently located off of I-69 for easy on and off highway access. Our hotel offers 45 spacious guest rooms, exterior corridors with park-at-door convenience, jacuzzi suites, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, and complimentary grab and go breakfast. All guest rooms come equipped with microwaves, mini-fridges, hairdryers, telephone, free HBO, and free local calls. Sofas are provided in some rooms. We are a pet friendly hotel. We are centrally located near many restaurants, businesses, shopping centers, and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. You will find plenty to see starting with the nationally acclaimed Children*s Zoo, magnificent Botanical Gardens, and award-winning Lincoln Museum. Sporting events with the Fort Wayne Komets hockey, TinCaps baseball, and Mad Ants basketball team will dazzle the crowds. Or you can catch a touring Broadway show. Enjoy plenty of festivals and events in the community. At Americas Best Value Inn Fort Wayne, We*ve Got You Covered from the time you hit the road until your head hits the pillow. ... more less
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