After reading plenty of trip reviews, the bad ones tipped me off that this was the place. Yep, it was the bad reviews and what they did not complain about. I suggest that is a good way to sort low end possibilities.
If folks don't say dirty, or mention unwashed linen, or bedbugs but just talk about tiny, I'm sure that the place will suit my needs.
At these prices I don't expect Holiday Inn right there 4 miles from the Falls. I just want a comfortable bed and a clean place where everything works, and some welcoming hosts.
I have relatives who live in Buffalo. Niagara Falls Blvd is known for places that are not kept up well. This is not one of them.
I had all I needed.
The walls were painted recently - no wet stains, no marks, nothing.
The mattress looked fairly new - no bed bug blood spots, no marks at all, really. I take things apart and check in my bed bug inspection. Nothing was here.
Behind the bed it was as clean as in front of the bed. I get places in Vegas all the time where they only vacuum what shows and I find old socks and snack bags and balls of dust behind things. Not here.
The refrigerator worked. The microwave worked. The switch on the AC did not work so it needed to be plugged in and plugged out. It was quiet and did a good job against a very hot and humid day.
Very impressive was the free wifi. They have two accounts. If one does not work, you can log on to the other one. Both looked strong in bars. I just used the first one and it was faster than my service at home.
I smelled no low end motel smell others report. I rather expect this smell in cheap places that use cheap cleaning stuff. I was actually surprised.
Parking seemed perhaps up for grabs, but I was there on a busy weekend and had no issue.
Walls were a bit thin as they are in all these old style motels. I did not have noisy neighbors.
I sometimes heard the maids rolling by about nine or ten, but I was rolling in about 4 am so what do I expect. Afternoon naps were easy. And once I told one maid that I did not want to be disturbed and required no service, I could nap in the afternoon and no one knocked on my door.
I could find electric to plug in my sleep apnea machine
I could find bathroom electric plugs at a nice heighty for phone and travel steamer
I already knew there was no shampoo, so I took one with me from home.
There were soap and towels. Plenty. Including wash cloths. I cancelled housekeeping for two days and only asked for one more towel.
Water pressure was great. It was a bit hot if not diluted.
The staff was easy and friendly and I liked and trusted them. The maids were personable and helpful.
And yes, the woman at the counter speaks French.
It was beyond the season for a free shuttle to the Falls or Casino so I can't evaluate that. I don't think it would work for my casino hours.
Everything I might want was nearby. There was a Tops market. Lots of fast food and stores. I I ate at Mom's Diner a short drive down the street. Great place. I lost money at poker and needed a bank. It was a mile away. I got a rest.com coupon for pizza and wings. That was a couple miles away.
The Seneca Niagara Casino was under 4 miles. On the way my GPS took me on a major highway. On the way back it took me through the residential blocks. I could not seem to change that, but either way was short. This place was not located in any of the rather sketchy neighborhoods I saw coming back. There did not seem to be too much to worry about that way. Things were hopping along the Blvd and it just seemed like an average suburban highway.
I would say even solo spend the extra few dollars for the room I got, the one with the large bed. And I can see I don't want to be assigned room 32 unless it is the last of the last.
But when I booked, I booked the last room of its kind on booking.com. F55-S55-S35 plus tax. Friday the place was full.
In fact, that was another tip. One reviewer of another hotel said they had gone to that one because Swiss Cottage was full. It told me they were regulars there. When the fellow complained about the second choice motel, that told me that he was fine with this place.
Folks who have a good stay and were content don't have the motivation to write good reviews. And even I wondered about writing this one. Will this praise mean it is filled up before I book next trip?
and finally, they have this great triangular green sign so you can easily find it from the road because it is unique.
Oh, I never asked about breakfast at all. I suggest you drive up to Mom's, sit at the old counter, and get an old fashioned breakfast in an old fashioned place.
Get the rooms with the larger bed.
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