I'm pretty easy to please .... but other than a good 5 day (advance, no refund) rate, I don't have much positive to say about this place.
Our room on the first floor was EXTREMELY damp ... you could feel it as soon as you walked into the room and, if barefoot, on the rug. There was a huge patch of mildew on the wall which wiped off easily with a tissue ... I couldn't believe housekeeping had ignored it for so long. And there was mildew in and around the tub. When we returned after a day out, all the clothes we had hanging up and the bedding felt damp.
The room with 2 double beds is tight with 3 people and the bathroom is beyond small. You actually have to maneuver to get the bathroom door open when you stand up from the toilet.
The first floor hall always had a musty and smoky smell ... almost as if someone had been smoking in the corridor.
The Frederick area wasn't particularly humid during our stay so you can't blame the dampness on the weather. Oh, and don't be confused by the title ... the place is about 2 miles from the Historic Downtown area (but I knew that).
For the nightly rate I wasn't expecting a 5 Star Resort ... but I did expect better from the Best Western chain.
UPDATE: After 2 days in "the swamp" I went to the desk manager and requested another room telling him we had done everything we could think of to dry out the room (#130) but nothing worked. He sort of implied that the north facing rooms had problems due to the lack of sun. He immediately moved me to a south facing room (#109). It was like being in a different hotel. The north facing room immediately felt (and looked) dryer as soon as you walked in. It wasn't until I saw how bright it was that I realized how dark our previous room had been. In addition, the corridor, now closer to the lobby, didn't have the musty smell.
Management was very responsive to my request for a new room (minutes), and in addition, lower the room rate by $10/night for all 5 days of my stay. That said, a room in the condition of #130 shouldn't be booked out at any rate.
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- Our charming Frederick, MD hotel is conveniently located off of 4 major highways and is just minutes from the downtown Frederick area. With room types for all your traveling needs including amenities such as, Complimentary Hot Breakfast, Complimentary High Speed Internet access and Complimentary Parking make a stay at our hotel both convenient and comfortable. ... more less
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