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“It's not improving, and has a whole lot to be desired”
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Varsity Motel
Ranked #1 of 1 Cameron B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 14, 2014

I can’t say for sure that staying with this property led to my laptop’s difficulties, but since attaching to their LAN I’ve had numerous virus threats. One of them made it past the protection software while I was still staying with them, and seized all control of the machine and slammed me down. I had to get to another machine to clean it off, which left me disabled 150 miles from home and unable to work.

This place is a certified dump. They charge the customer easily as much as a middle grade name brand, but you sure don’t get the quality. It’s privately owned, and very obvious they don’t care about quality, and they are going to give the guest the bare minimum they can in order to still rent the room again. The insides of the rooms are filthy with grimy dirt that should not be allowed to accumulate. They put miserably inadequate light bulbs through the room probably to keep the guest from noticing just how dirty the place is. See pictures of the bathroom light fixture and the three-bulb fixture over the vanity where the bulbs are supposed to be decorator yet they have installed those tacky CFL bulbs intended to be used behind a shade. The whole inn is a case study on tacky and grimy, and on ownership by overseas immigrants who could care less about anything but getting the customer’s money.

I didn’t need much room, and this town is pretty much a monopoly when it comes to hospitality. There is the other way overpriced property, and this one which would be all right if they would deep clean, apply some paint, and just freshen up the facility to the most basic of expectations a customer should get when renting a room from any hotelier. I asked for a non-smoking room, and there wasn’t a bad stench of cigarettes, but the cigarette burns in the acrylic tub, and the burned upholstery on the desk chair which also had a shredded leg and was barely standing up leave the guest wondering what non-smoking is supposed to be.

I have business down there, and I may again get stuck with staying with this place. The other choice in town is equally offensive in that they have decent rooms, but their attitude toward the customer and finding new ways to milk them for every penny are unacceptable. My options are poor, which consist of filthy, grimy, and over priced, and decent but way over priced, and I’m hard pressed to figure out which one suits me best of the two bad choices offered.

The dining options in this town consist of nothing or a little bit less, and there is a barbecue stand in the convenience store across the street. I still don’t know where to get hot breakfast made to order in this town. This property offers free breakfast of cereal, cereal, and more cereal, and that’s it. If you like to start your day with a farm fresh breakfast the best I can figure is you’ll need to pick a completely different town.

I didn’t say anything to the owners about my dissatisfaction believing it would go into one ear and out of the other. It’s pretty obvious they aren’t interested in making repairs, or improving quality. In early May I’d think the swimming pool should be made ready, and there wasn’t a drop of water in it. The furniture and fixtures in the room were all working OK save and except the desk chair which was a fall hazard and should have been trashed. The television was an old CRT model with no connections for a lap top or any device other than an antenna.

Caveat Emptor. If you need a place to crash and bathe, this will do the job. If you want a nice place to stay for a day or more in this town, I can’t recommend this place at all. It’s my 3rd stay there, in 3 different rooms, and every one of them has the same problems and shortcomings over a period of 5 or so years. Nothing gets better.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

This place looks like 1970’s construction with only minimal updates and no remodeling. It’s acceptable, but it’s high mileage. I spent a Saturday night with them, and they put me in what obviously was a high traffic room. It’s seen lots more guests than some of the other rooms for rent.

I get into the room, and find a room that reeks of some kind of cleaner, to an offensive level. The bed and pillows were in decent shape. The carpet is high grade, but has been there long past it’s prime. There are rips in the middle, and fringe across the missing thresholds. The couch in the room was not ripped up, but it was obviously very old and had been around many years. Every bulb in the place was the lowest possible wattage, thus you really couldn’t see in there very well. The bathroom vanity is one that requires decorator style bulbs, but they have put in the ugly, twisted CFL type that have no style at all – it’s just tacky. The whole place is tacky. The curtain rod had pulled loose from the wall, and someone just moved one end of it upwards without moving the other end, leaving the drapes hanging at an obvious downhill angle. Obviously, aesthetics and appearance are not important to this hotelier. The lights outside the room doors, all of them, have had some kind of bulb installed that was too hot, resulting in the shade on every one of them having a burned place on it. They offer cereal for breakfast, but you can tell they really don’t want to mess with breakfast. They are doing it because the industry is doing it, and the offerings at this place were pitiful. When you dial the operator from your room, nobody is going to answer. I was told by the desk I needed to dial 100, but there’s not a scrap of information in the room telling the guest that. They have wi-fi, too, but again, there’s no welcome guide offering the guest the things they will need to utilize the services. They bought the motel next door, closed it, boarded up the windows, and left an eyesore rotting there. It’s just low budget; pure and simple.

I’d probably use them again if in the area, because there just aren’t many choices. It’s certainly not great, but they are cheap. You are getting exactly what you are paying for.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Varsity Motel

Address: 1004 E 1st St, Cameron, TX 76520-3405
Location: United States > Texas > Cameron
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Cameron
Price Range: $78 - $90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Varsity Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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