Because I travel frequently, I have a pretty good idea what to expect from different chain hotels. I know not to expect Marriott quality at a Days Inn, but I also know that Days Inn tends to be a decent, budget-friendly place to stay, in most locations. Not so, here!
We stayed 6/28 to 7/1, when my fiance and I drove up for a job interview (for him.) Because it would mean I was just a few hours from my mother (who I hadn't seen in a year) I invited her down as well. I chose to stay here, as opposed to Red Roof Inn just across the street, because I could get Wyndham points. I never even thought to check the reviews. Shame on me! I booked online a few days before check-in, to take advantage of the Wyndham "Stay 3 and save" deal.
When we showed up, my fiance hit up the restroom (which is in the connecting bar/restaurant) while I checked in. Everything went smoothly, and I verified my mother's reservation for the next day. Then, we walked to our room, which was on the backside of the building, with a lovely view of the storage units next door to the motel. Our first surprise was that we had been put in a double room. When we drug everything back up to the front to explain the mix-up, the clerk argued with me about my reservation being for a double, not a King, despite my showing him my reservation confirmation on my phone. After a few minutes of arguing about it, the clerk finally said that they were booked up for the night, but that I could come back in the morning to have my room changed. Thus started our wonderful adventure.
In the double room, the smoke detector was missing, with only bare wires exposed. The towels were stained with what looked like old coffee spills, and the sheets/bedding of course had cigarette burns. The A/C barely coughed out a slightly cool breeze. There was also half of an old McD's quarter pounder box behind the dresser. It would also soon come to our attention that the piping for the sink leaked, as the floor was quite damp by the end of the night (which is probably the cause of the musty funk that permeated the room.) Oh, and woe to you if you stay at this motel on a Friday or Saturday night, for you WILL hear the band, and you WILL hear the bar guests. Every song, every word, every screech from drunk women enjoying themselves a little too much. Hope you don't require much sleep!
The next morning, we popped into the front desk, and they told us that as soon as a king room was cleaned, it would be ours. Since we had running around to do, we asked that our stuff be left in the original room, and we would move it once we got into a new room. This part of the day went smoothly, and at about 2:00 we came back, were given a room, and we moved our stuff. The new room was a complete night-and-day difference to the old room. The old room looked like it had been used to house hobos... the new room looked (and smelled!) as if it had previously been used as guest quarters for the owners. There were still some holes in the sheets, but it was nice overall.
My mother checked in that afternoon, and was placed in the room directly on the opposite side of the wall from our old room. Her floor, as well, was wet - which leads me to believe there is an in-wall leak in the plumbing. Her smoke detector was also missing, though the wires were neatly packed away and not left bare. Her room was somewhat cleaner than our old room, but the damp floor in front of the sink also lead to dampness on the bathroom tile - something that caused both my mother and my fiance to nearly slip and fall.
The rest of our stay was uneventful, though I'll leave you with one last word of advice. If you stay here, do NOT use the stairwell, unless it's a dire emergency. You would be safer jumping from the 3rd floor balcony than using the stairwell. It's very dimly lit, and the laminate on the risers is coming loose, and you will very easily catch your shoes on it as you try to come down. The steps are also uneven from years of wear, so descending is treacherous. We went down the stairs once - I told my fiance they remind me of a stairwell where drug addicts and murderers congregate - and that was more than enough for me.
Altogether, if I have to stay in Cincy again, I'll find another hotel to take my money.
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