Stayed four nights 8/21-8/24. I knew from the reviews this would be an off-beat unique brew pub/restaurant/theater that just happened to have rooms, but even the low expectations did not quite prepare me.
On the positive side, the rooms are fairly large with high ceilings and clean.
On the negative side, the facility is very popular even on weekdays and weeknights such that there is traffic leaving and coming from the parking lot and foot traffic throughout the facility at all hours, only dieing down at 1:00 am or so. In addition to the brew pubs, theater, and restaurant, there are conference rooms used by churches, business groups, and wedding parties. This is some major operation. Our room (there aren't very many rooms-all on a single floor as facility only has one floor) was at the rear corner with windows facing the rear (main) parking lot. Now I know this sounds weird, but there was a loose manhole in the parking lot within twenty feet of our window and traffic went over this manhole about every ten seconds causing a very loud CLANK non-stop, 24-7. It was enough to drive you mad.
There was another, only slightly less obnoxious banging noise coming from the ceiling area that sounded similar to shutters banging in the wind.
In four days of staying there, I never saw a staff person other than one guy cleaning the hallways and the two staff people at the front desk. I tried to complain nicely about the manhole, but the young kid with big earings at the front desk only humored me while clearly conveying with his eyes that I was a lunatic for even thinking I might get moved to a different room; I never heard back from the staff after asking to be moved.
My wife and I returned to our room two nights, Friday and Saturday night, to a literal cloud of cigar smoke (the place has a cigar bar as well, evidently) in the hallway leading to our room. On Sat night the cigar smoke had pervaded into our room.
Would I stay again; probably not. There are no true deals in this world. The website showed $114 when I reserved our room but one week later we got a letter informing us that the rate had been increased to $125. Worth every penny of $100 IF you are staying only to sleep and you have one hell of a sense of humor (and ear plugs).
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