My father and I stayed there for a week, because our church booked us there, as they are pet friendly, and we needed a place that would allow us to have our dog. The room was filthy; there was a half smoked blunt on the floor (this was a non smoking room), there was a used magnum condom under one of the outdated/over used mattresses, and the carpet was, well.... I accidentally knocked over the dogs water pail, and when I put a towel down to soak up the water, the white towel turned dark brown (the carpet was a hunter green color). The card lock was working, however, the mechanism's guts were falling out, and the handle wouldn't open the door. When we asked the front desk, the man (with broken English at best) put his shoulder into the door to pop it open, meaning the card key and handle were just for show I assume. There was no remote for the TV that had lines going through the tube screen, and was fuzzy at best.
There were cigarette burn marks all over the tub, and while I am writing about the bathroom, I would like to mention that the ceiling was falling apart, literally! The "pop corn" Spackle" was peeling?... that is the only way I can describe it. There was some sort of putty filling a hole that was in the shower insert, and the shower head was held in the drywall with similar putty fixing the hole in the shower insert. The dresser had a drawer that was falling off, the desk had no chair with it. None of the wall lamps worked but I will just assume that was because there were no bulbs in them.
Almost all the other rooms were being demoed and remodeled, and the rooms that weren't being worked on, were occupied by hookers, and their pimps, literally! I stepped out for a cigarette once, and someone from the apartments behind the hotel walked over and tried to bum one from me, and I most likely would have given him one, had he not told me that he hadn't had one all day, yet was smoking one while he was asking me. I asked him instead, if he had ever seen a Glock 40 up close, and he turned and ran away ( I was unarmed ). The continental breakfast consisted of cool coffee, that is, if you could get a cup after the employees.
We stayed for a week, only because the church had payed in advance and it was non refundable because of our dog. Don't bother putting the do not disturb/no service sign up, because they will knock until you answer anyway. The slide lock may have slowed their entry had it not been for the fact that one side was missing and the other was held kind of in, with a drywall crew into the stripped hole in the steel doorjamb.
The free WiFi? They had two routers, and both connect locations wouldn't work ninety percent on the time, and when I walked down and asked if they could reset their routers, they said "no". Perhaps that was just a language barrier, as I speak English, Spanish, and some Russian, but not Tibet-ten?
Since moved to the Red Roof Inn about 4 miles into Chesapeake; pet friendly with no extra charge, the room is literally twice as big, they are roughly $50.00 cheaper per week than Econo, the rooms are all new and updated even with flat screen TV's, WiFi that is lightning fast, the front desk help speaks and UNDERSTANDS English, unlike Econo.
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