My girlfriend and I recently stayed at the Sleep Inn in Sandusky Ohio while visiting Cedar Point for two nights. For our two night stay, we were given a tiny room on third floor, with two doubles, by the stairs. So it was either go thru lobby to use elevator and walk through entire wing or walk up 3 floors to get to our room, which was right by stairs (corner room). So after Cedar Point, we had to walk up/down 3 flights of stairs when wanting to leave the room...and must have made that trek about 20 times.
We checked in and it was quick although clerk made no mention of my hotels.com special requests. The lobby itself was nicely renovated and looked fresh as did the corridors with new carpeting. After we trekked our belongings to the room, we found a partially renovated tiny room with two doubles. One of them is practically touching the wall. We weren't overly excited to be staying there for two nights, bathroom was small with a difficult to open/close door, sink area was small, no couch, no fridge, and no microwave. The room however appeared to be mostly clean.
There is an applebees in same parking lot on the employees park by the right side entrance of the hotel, so little parking for guests in that area. When we first arrived, there was a disgruntled male Applebee's employee swearing loudly on his phone about how the restaurant accused him of stealing and how he wanted to sue. It was a larger male in twenties, and we were concerned about this, as we intended on eating at Applebees that evening! Great way to start our stay. Outside and to right of the side door there was broken glass. On the monday night there were tons of bikers and old car drivers in the area for some event and the whole area was packed, including hotel/applebees on the monday, and then on Tuesday everything was more calm. There was broken glass on the side stairwell for two nights, glad we didn't fall on it!
Despite being called Sleep Inn, for what ever reason, I didn't really sleep well and the pillows were too big/bulky. We checked the mattress's and they appeared newish and clean. The flat screen TV was nice, but everything else was just mediocre. We were in room 300 and the headboard on one of the beds is hanging on to wall by a thread. Carpeting seemed new but rest of furniture was old. The shower was confusing to figure out how to activate it, and it was a usual Sleep Inn capsule like shower, so if you like baths, look elsewhere. The water pressure was terrible as well.
During day 2, housekeepers were speaking loudly in hallway about 25 rooms being to much and how they can't clean everything. Lovely conversation to overhear as a guest.
The pool area was nice, hot tub small but effective, and pool also small but better than nothing. Fitness center was closed for "renovations" although I could see inside and besides a new door (old door leaning against pool building outside) it was untouched. There is an advertised sauna but I didn't see one anywhere. Looked in Fitness room and didn't see a door for sauna either. There is a small patio outside of the pool area with chairs but one of the ashtrays/trashcans was very rusty and looked terrible. The little things appear to be overlooked here. The entrance on right of building near Applebees was never locked, so we felt uncomfortable that anyone can enter building at any time. There was also no trash can or cigarette butt receptacle so there were butts all over the place.
Went to breakfast both mornings and it was also just average. I liked how boiled eggs were still in shell, while annoying to remove shell, they tasted more fresh than other hotel boiled eggs which are usually slimy and taste old. These didn't taste the freshest though, and I couldn't eat yoik, didn't taste right. Breakfast had yogurt, waffles, muffins, bagels, toast, and large round sausage, which tasted gross and had large pieces of fat. I prefer the links so you don't need to take so much to take a bite and throw it away. I didn't really particularly like anything about breakfast. The breakfast area is small with limited seating. The coffee machine made terrible coffee that I didn't like at all. There was also fruit and juice.
We decided to check out Red Lobster and I signed up online for their rewards. I went to business center to print a coupon and saw a sign $1 for 2 pages. I try to sign onto computer but couldn't sign on as a guest, wouldn't let me, so I asked front desk. The man was very helpful and fixed the computer after a few attempts and I was able to print the coupon. I went to desk to get the coupon and same man was very nice and didn't charge me and I was glad as I'd have to break a $20.
I was also happy that they allowed us to check out 30 minutes past check out time which was appreciated.
Biggest gripes was the no fridge/microwave and tiny room. I visited Cedar Point last year and this year from Rhode Island, a long drive, and still haven't found my "go to" Sandusky hotel. I don't think I'd go back to the Sleep Inn. Last year, I stayed at the Quality Inn in Milan down the road, and it was also just okay, but also no fridge/microwave and even older tube style tv.
I was happy that Sleep Inn was only 10 mins from Cedar Point which was nice! Didn't want to spend over 200/ night for Great Wolf Lodge, but need to find a better hotel if I visit Cedar Point again! Sleep Inn didn't impress me. Most of the hotels in this area appear very outdated and lackluster with limited amenities compared to hotels in almost any other area! This Sleep Inn is relatively renovated but wasn't anything special.
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- Also Known As:
- Sleep Hotel Sandusky
- Sleep Inn Sandusky, Ohio
- Sandusky Sleep Inn