Disclaimer: I try to avoid staying at motels. I'm feeling more than a little snooty writing this, but the outdoor entry, bad decor, textured paint, cardboard-box-feel of chain motels depresses me. HOWEVER, this particular Red Roof Inn makes absolutely the best of what they've been given. They can't change the fact that the rooms are square boxes with under-the-window heaters/air conditioners, but everything is very clean and appears recently to have been updated. It's still a step down from a typical hotel (example: hairdryers are not provided in rooms), but everything else was a step above what I would have expected for this type of hotel at this price ($71, taxes included, for a room with two double beds). Towels were not fluffy pima cotton, but they were not sandpaper; the bathmat was cotton rather than paper; parts of the decor were a little too bright--red/blue curtains, for instance--but generally tasteful and not from the 70s.
I spoke with three different staff members, and they were all very competent and friendly. When we realized there was no hair dryer in the room, I asked at the office if they had one we could borrow and they cheerfully found one for us and handed it over without even asking what room we were in.
Atmosphere, etc.: The motel appeared to be almost full, but we had a quiet, restful night. The location is just off the expressway, but we were not disturbed by road noise. We inadvertently left the door ajar on one of our rooms when we were out from about 8pm to midnight, but it was clear no one had come in. When we left at about 11am some guests were eating at a picnic table under some trees next to the parking lot. The motel had two pop machines, but they take only $1 bills and were out of what we wanted, but the ice machines worked and it was a quick trip to the convenience store at the BP gas station immediately across the street.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Blue Ash just 9 miles south of Kings Island and 15 miles north of Downtown at Exit #15 Pfeiffer Rd. This newly renovated, beautifully landscaped property is a great location for all your travel needs in Cincinnati. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Roof Inn Cincinnati Northeast - Blue Ash Ohio