Stayed here two nights while exploring the Sparta-Elroy trail. Staff was helpful and friendly, room was clean. We had a king size bed, and the room seemed just a bit small for the bed. We stored our two bicycles in the room one day and it was a bit tight, but manageable.
The all important factors were met: quiet for sleeping, comfortable bed, ample sized bathroom with adequate hot water in the shower, room was clean.
Structurally speaking, the facility seemed to have been built to just barely meet code (which is never a good idea). The stairs creaked loudly, and the floors were a bit noisy. This didn't become a problem, but when you aren't staying at a cheap hotel, you expect a better built facility.
One thing that I really liked was that the door closers on the room and hallway doors were the best I have seen. They close reasonably fast, but at the last part of closing then slow down quite effectively and end up closing very quietly. This is so nice because it makes peoples movements much quieter. Too many hotels have door closers that loudly announce each closing - but not here.
For the first day, the breakfast was adequate, but not wonderful. The second day was disappointing. We got there towards the end and things were looking neglected. The far-too-small garbage cans were overflowing, some items were running low or depleted. For hot food, the three selections were: 1: sausages, 2: sausages, 3: sausage gravy (for biscuits). Worst variety of hot food selection that I have experienced. What if you don't eat sausage, like me (and perhaps a number of other cyclists)? The idea of three sections in the warmer is to have three different items, not identical ones or very slight variations. A failing grade for planning here.
The only hot food option was waffles (or toast, I suppose, but that was running low too). The syrup was wiped out, however. We ended up eating a little bit that we could scavenge and going elsewhere to really eat. This reduced the value and "restaurant" aspects for me.
Nevertheless, overall our stay was decent, so I can't give a poor rating overall. If they give attention to their breakfast offering, it will improve things considerably.
It was fun seeing folks that we had met on the bike trail back at the hotel.
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