This is NOT a run down area - it was conveniently located by lots of shopping, just off of RT 44 and 64. Never felt unsafe. I think Bill H from Tampa has the wrong Best Western. It is about a 10 min drive to the historic area of Kirkwood. Found the rooms to be very clean (we had 2 rooms for 2 nights). Breakfast room clean and food plentiful and decent. Nice lobby and staff were helpful; although you should change the cab co. referal to Checker as the other cab co. never answered the two phone nos. given! Fitness center was adequate; you need a bin for used towels ( the basket was used for trash). We had a great rate of about $89/night.