Stayed overnight on 3/14/2013 & think that camping in a tent would've been a better option; at least you know what to expect w/a tent. I pre-paid for my room online ahead of time, otherwise I would've passed this place up. The first thing I noticed when I was checking in is that there aren't any public restrooms in the lobby of the hotel, so make sure that you tend to those needs before you get there, or you will be politely directed to the restaurant that's next door. Once I got to my room, brought my bags in, & unpacked everything, I finally went to the bathroom, only to find that the toilet wasn't working. The tank was bone dry. I called the front desk & was told by the attendant that there are no other rooms available & "I'm with another guest right now, but I'll call someone & have them come look at it". So pretty much in the mean time I was left w/o functioning sanitation. I called the desk again 15 min later, just to inquire about a possible time frame for this mystery person to show up & "look" at my toilet problem, & was told that "I'm the only one here & I can't leave the desk, but the owner should be coming soon". Another 10 min pass & my husband decides to walk over to the office, & surprisingly comes back w/the front desk attendant, who looked at the toilet & declared it to be broken (was it the missing water that gave it away?). The owner shows up at about that same time (the owner lives in a home built off the parking lot), messes w/the toilet, decides it's broken, & leaves to go to walmart "to get parts for the toilet & I'll be back shortly". He never even acknowledged us as he walked into our room. No "Hi, how you doing, I'm John Smith, the owner, or I'm sorry about this problem, let me put you in a different room". Nothing. Dumbfounded, I ask the owner what we're supposed to do in the meantime, & if we can move to a different room, & he says "no no, no need, I'll fix for you & be back in minute" & left. I guess the attendant (who looked just as surprised as we did) felt bad for us, because suddenly he decides that a room is open after all & he'll just move us over while the owner is gone "because the owner has some friends that are checking out right now & I'll just go get the room ready for you". At this point, I thought our worries were over, but alas, they were not, as a bunch of truckers thought that stumbling around drunk, bbq'ing in the parking lot, & playing their music as loud as they could until about midnight would be a great idea. Did management put a stop to it? Maybe, but not until midnight, because that's when it finally stopped, & the owner lives directly off the parking lot, so there's really no way he wasn't aware. Finally, after only a few hours of sleep, I wake bright & early to get ready for the business function I was there to attend, only to discover that sometime during the night, the lights in the bathroom & dressing area were no longer working. Had to bathe & get dressed in the dark. Aside from all this, the rooms were nasty, the furniture was stained, the carpet was moist, & I'm pretty sure that was a small pile of feces under the AC unit (it's a pet friendly hotel); I didn't get onto my hands & knees to check. At this point I was just ready to go & be done w/that place. I hate to say that I checked myself for bed bug bites in the morning, but I would've been foolish not to. And continental breakfast? Forget it! I wasn't about to eat anything that came from that hotel. If the rooms are that nasty, do you think food storage & sanitation is any better? This is a motel-quality hotel. Not even a good motel, but one of the dirty cheap ones. And you pay hotel prices. Almost $90/night! Outrageous! Stay away from this place!!!
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- We at the Americas Best Value Inn in Rockdale, would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Rockdale, Texas. The name "Americas Best Value Inn' is synonymous with quality, consistency, and value. We extend the highest quality and consistency at the best possible value to each and every guest that stays with us. We offer single and double rooms with Queen or King beds, we also offer Smoking or Non-Smoking rooms at our property. Also included in our rates are Full Hot Breakfast every morning from 6AM-9AM, Free WiFi, & we have an outdoor pool. Rockdale, Texas is also known as "Gateway to the Gulf" as HWY 77 stretches all the way from Northern most tip of Texas to the Southern most tip of Texas. We are also located centrally in the middle of the triangle of Dallas, Houston, & San Antonio; about 2 hr. drive to all these locations. We are also centrally located between the triangle of Waco (Home of the Baylor University - Bears), Bryan-College Station (Home of Texas A&M University - Aggies), and Austin (Home of the University of Texas - Longhorns); about 45 minutes drive to each of these cities. Rockdale, Texas is home to Luminant Power Plant and Sandow Mine, we welcome all the contractors and subcontractors to our hotel. ... more less
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