Stayed here for two nights in a two-double bed suite, as they had no king suites left.
The hotel is located off the highway, near a couple of strip malls, but there are gorgeous oaks all around, so it's actually a nice location despite being in the middle of nowhere. Conveniently near the RDU airport, it's a quick hop down the highway from Raleigh proper.
Check in was swift, and the lobby impressive. It's a soaring 9 story atrium, so fairly awe-inspiring given the plain exterior of the hotel. All rooms are off the hallways that wrap around the open atrium space -- it's like indoor motel doors.
My room itself was ho-hum. TVs were old 21" CRTs, but I suspect they're being swapped out as crews seemed to be doing this as I left the hotel. The furnishings in the rooms are fairly outdated in style, but comfortable, and not in bad repair given their age. The carpet in my room was stained -- I'm hoping someone dropped a bowl of soup, because the other explanations for that kind of stain are gross!
Bathroom was plain but clean and bright. Definitely worn though -- tub surround had grimy seams, and floor tiles were chipped and nicked all over the place. The bathroom door is inconveniently hung to make it hard to close or open without dancing around to straddle the toilet.
Beds are comfy, though linens were so bleached/starched that my skin was itchy the second I layed down. The room was quiet, and sleep was uninterrupted -- though the noise in the hallways due to the open atrium (bar patrons on the lobby level were having a great time) was high, it didn't carry much into the room, and certainly not back to the bedroom. Yay for suites!
Complaints, aside from worn out furnishings and floors? The ventilation system was so loud I was constantly annoyed. Usually I welcome the white noise of a fan, but this sounded like it was on super-high when it was in fact just on low. Because it's in the hallway space between living room and bedroom, it bugged me no matter where I was in the suite. I was also annoyed with the lighting -- all the lamps were positioned so I had big dark spaces to contend with in places throughout the suite. Some lamps had dim bulbs, other obnoxiously bright fluorescent ones...it just became tedious to get the lighting right. A small thing, but something I don't want to have to work on in a hotel room!
Internet was good, and at $10 per day, not too bad -- though I find the practice of charging extra for this to be dumb in any hotel. The kitchenette was nice to have, as it provided a sink, microwave and mini-fridge. Staff were friendly, though sparse. Free parking is a great feature, and with the ample lots, never an issue to find a spot. The free breakfast of Embassy Suites locations continues to please me in terms of value, though this location certainly didn't have the attention to detail or care in preparation of others I've eaten at.
Overall, a cheap option with a bit of space to spread out in -- just not the epitome of niceness. Needs an update to become a truly great location.
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