After giving up on the Garden City Inn because the noise level was so unacceptable, I came to the Sunflower Inn & Suites. When I called them to see if they had a room, I specified that I was coming from a hotel situation that was unacceptable and did they have a quiet, private room for me? He said Yes. So, I came here, went in to check in and again, specified needing a quiet, private room. Not a problem.
He gives me a room in the building right behind the lobby. Even if they hadn't just had a big snow, there wouldn't have been a place for me to park. I had to park across the street.
The room itself was nice enough (Room 110). Nicely renovated, attractive, comfortable. Amenities included a frig, microwave, coffeemaker.
Wifi wasn't working, I had to call to the desk twice and then finally (after they reset the router) I was able to get online.
Issues started up about then. Issue #1: The wall-unit heater. With it turned off, the room got quite chilly. With it turned on, it was uncomfortably hot where i was lounging on the bed. The heater didn't seem to cycle on and off as it should. So, my options were: Cold & uncomfortable or hot & uncomfortable.
Problem 2: Since it's a non-smoking hotel, the lady in the next room whose car was parked in front of my room kept going out to sit and smoke in her car....letting her car run the whole time. Being in a hotel with someone's car running right in front of your window is not pleasant. And, a person who has to honk their car horn each time they lock their car prior to and after smoking...also is not pleasant.
Problem 3: The room I had included conjoining doors to the next room. Without even trying, I was able to see through the gap between the door/doorframe INTO the next room. I could see the bed, and the light from that room was coming into my room. I could hear the lady coughing, talking, rattling paper, and burping. I assumed...if I were to do any of these things, she could hear me too.
This was not acceptable. Being able to see through the gap in the door into an adjoining room...not acceptable.
At one point, the lady left. <honk> So, I opened the conjoining door thinking I would hang my bedspread over the door and then shut it...hopefully creating a visual and sound barrier between the two doors. When I opened my door, I was astounded. The door on the other side had no deadbolt, and no doorknob. I could have walked right into someone else's hotel room. Astounding.
I called the front desk at this point and told them that I would not be staying for 3 days after all, that I would check out in the morning.
They most assuredly did not want me to check out. They said they'd put me in a quiet room.
Why didn't they put me in a quiet room to begin with??? I specifically asked for a quiet room!
So, for the second time in one day, I'm moving again.
This time, they put me in the unit on the south side of Fulton Street and they gave me a suite at the same price as the regular room. Room #166. I have been comfortable and happy in this suite.
Few other people are in this wing of the hotel and it's been completely quiet. Only two issues with this unit. First is the wall-unit heater. Same issue as in the other room. It does not cycle on and off. I have to get up and go to it...crank the heat up to 74 for it to pop on...then turn it back down so it doesn't roast me. I woke at 5am today because the room was so cold. The heater was set on 69 but would not pop on. Since this is basically a double-sized room, it needs two wall-unit heaters (or a different furnace altogether). The bathroom area stays very chilly. The toilet is like ice to sit on. Not fun.
The other issue is the water. It's pretty brown & rusty. Hot water takes a good five minutes to reach this room. Turn it on and go do something else for awhile and when you come back, it will finally be hot. There is no tub plug so I had to use a washcloth to plug the drain for a bath. The washcloth is now fairly ruined from rust stains. My bad.
Otherwise, the suite is a comfortable room with a king bed, recliner, sofa, kitchenette/wet bar, frig, microwave, coffee maker desk and office chair. Lots of room, wifi has been working most of the time but it does glitch at times. I have to walk across the street to the lobby for their breakfast offerings. The parking lot was not really plowed and is treacherous with snow & ice. I've been fortunate to not fall.
Breakfast offerings...very slim. Coffee, dry cereal, toast, a couple of different pastries, and 2 lonely bananas.
They let me have this suite for $60 (the same as the price as the original motel room). I felt that was the least they could do for causing me such inconvenience.
Will I stay here again? Only in a suite...never in one of their motel rooms. I'm not shy but I don't need people in a neighboring room to be able to look into my room. I can't imagine why this defect has not been corrected. I can't imagine renting out a room with such a defect.
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