I previously reviewed this property as "perhaps the best of the few options in this small town." I'm not so sure about this any longer.
This used to be a Days Inn property; it's now independent. What's happened that would cause me to lower my previous ranking significantly?
Things just seem older. Our room seemed tired this time. Nothing disastrous, just . . . tired. Wi-fi was allegedly present. My kids picked it up eventually on their laptops; my iPad never picked up the wi-fi signal. And my kids got booted off after a short while. There was a wired connection available at the desk in the room. Wired -- really? Let me rephrase that: there was an ethernet jack at the desk in the room; please supply your own ethernet cord. But the card in the room said, "Most rooms have wi-fi." In this day and age, a strong wi-fi signal pretty much is a necessity, don't you think?
My daughter killed an ant on the bed. Now, we all know that tiny insects get into our homes, our offices, our cars . . . but somehow, we expect our hotel rooms to be free of these nuisances. There's just a visceral reaction that isn't favorable. Couple that with my experience in the middle of the night, when I woke to the sensation of something crawling on my arm. I brushed it away, and felt that it was small and relatively hard -- it may well have been another ant. (It wasn't something lightweight, like a spider or mosquito.)
The A/C units (there were two) worked fine. They're loud, and this is apparent because one was in the wall right beside the beds. We turned it off, and turned the other one up to a higher speed. That kept the room reasonably comfortable in decent South Dakota summer temps -- not boiling and humid (as it can be!), but still a bit more than "warm."
And the bathroom was, as others have said, on the smaller side.
The biggest drawback was the incredibly strong smell of smoke down one wing, right off the lobby area. (The ice machine on the premises was just a few steps down this hallway, and the smell was enough to make me gag slightly.) Now, when one member of the family has asthma, and the other is so sensitive to smoke as to be almost allergic, this is a major concern. I don't recall this from previous stays here.
What's still good about the place? The room (we had a room with two queen beds) was large; there was enough room to move around without four adults bumping into each other. The mattress was decent. The pillows almost never are, so that's not a strike, in my book. Breakfast was free, and decent -- a small selection of fruit, cold cereals, hot egg patties, coffee, milk, and juice, and toast/muffins/pastries. It's easy to get to, and the people are friendly.
You don't have many choices in Murdo, and it seems like it's a halfway point for lots of folks. If you don't expect a lot, and don't have to have internet connections, this might still be a good place. Just look at your other options, too.
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- Also Known As:
- Days Inn Murdo
- Murdo Days Inn