This is the third time I have stayed at this building in as many years. Each time it's been a different branded name. In 2011, it was Super 8, last year in was the Magnuson, and now it's a Best Western. Is this latest brand here to stay?
There has been a noticeable improvement in cleanliness and amenities over my last visit. Last year there was obvious signs of neglect: Dirty carpet in corridors, a broken ice machine, etc. All of that is gone now. The corridors are bright and clean and the rooms are very clean and comfortable, with nicer beds, better lighting and and a much bigger TV. They have a hot breakfast. The hotel seems to be in line with the "Plus" line of Best Western.
But all this comes at a greater cost. At $95 (and that's with AAA) I paid almost double what I did last year. (I did use a Travel Saver Coupon last year but couldn't even find one this time).
Most of the other hotels in Marion are charging the same rate - $95 to $100 AAA including taxes - so the rate is competitive for the area. The trouble is that there are no really affordable and safe hotels in Marion anymore. I just wanted a no-frills hotel that was clean and quiet. I would have gladly sacrificed that larger TV and bigger beds for about a $25 dollar reduction in rate.
I did have a couple of other issues: The blankets were still skimpy like they were last year (I prefer a cooler room with thicker blankets) and they charged $1 for the local newspaper. You would think that after paying $95, the Sunday paper would be complimentary.
Overall, you would probably be happy here if you are willing to pay $95. Otherwise you may want to look for more affordable accommodations in another nearby town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Best Western Plus is located near Ohio State University - Marion campus, Marion Technical College, Marion Colisseum and Fairgrounds, Delaware Lake, Marion County International Raceway, Kildeer Plains Wilderness Area and Big Island Wilderness Area. Completely refurbished in 2014! The hotel offers microwave, refrig and in-room, laptop sized safes in each bedroom. Fitness room and heated indoor pool as well as Jacuzzi Suites available ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marion Super Eight
- Marion Super 8
- Best Western Plus University Inn Marion, Ohio