This is a fairly usual Red Roof Inn. Since Red Roof Inns began renovating nationwide, like 6 years ago, they have really committed themselves to being kind of like the McDonalds of pet-friendly budget-conscious hotels. I think all the trends in hotel room decoration have changed since then, but that doesn't stop this earth-tone obsessed national experiment in Ikea stereotypes of the 1990s from charging forth with Formica counter tops and brushed steel fixtures of the people. So you don't go there for ambiance, but the expectations and market price-points indicate a clean room and a consistent experience from property to property. As with other Red Roof Inns, they welcome dogs, and the roof is red. And it is an inn.
This particular property was consistent and clean as its brand declares, at a market price in the middle of the pack. There were a few negatives and positives related to my stay here, which I will describe in that order.
First the negatives: the heat is electric, as in many Red Roof Inns. Here is the process: first you stare incredulously at the air conditioning unit, and it stares back with an icy-cold indifference. If AC units would talk, this one would say, "uhm there's a thermostat on that rust-colored wall over there, dude." AC units would most assuredly call you "dude" in order to maintain that cool, indifferent exterior. So you sense what the unit is telling you, and you operate the thermostat on the wall. Turn it clockwise and wait a few minutes. Nothing kicks on. So you look around again, you look at the AC unit and it shrugs: "I dunno, man." You then notice there are these heat-generating panels long the tops of the walls. These appear to have been invented by a guy who nailed his pancake griddle to the wall and said, "this is a great idea!" It was a freezing cold night, so I had the heat on maximum and it got up to maybe 71 or so. I was kind of hoping to be warmer in order to feel cozy after being outside in the snow, but I like to sleep in a slightly chilled atmosphere anyway, so my dog and I went to sleep. She (my dog) was a little disgruntled that there might be 20 square feet of actual grass to go sniff and eliminate on, and obviously that's a lot of dog business. I walked her down the gravel areas also, but she was like "this is gravel, not grass." I had to agree. We'll come back to the pet thing when we discuss positives, so hang in there. There was one other negative, and it was probably just a fluke or something: at the top of the stairs on the second tier of the hotel, there's this patch of roughly cut out old piece of carpet from one of the rooms, and a chair without a cushion, angled outward as if it were patio seating or something. Nearby there was another patch of old carpet, about 6 feet by 8 feet, just laying there. It kind of creeped me out, for an $80 hotel stay.. like ... toss the chair and carpet or shove them in one of the rooms you're working on. Don't leave it out like that, it looks really trashy.
Positives: First of all, pets stay free. I mean, my dog's credit card was maxed out anyway, so that is always a nice feature for Red Roof Inns, and unlike other "pet friendly" chains, you don't have to go look up the specific policies and click through the tabs to look for how much the pet fee is or how to book that special urine-soaked room where they stick anyone with a four-legged companion. No, Red Roof Inns are pet friendly, so there's no individual research to do about hidden policies and such. That leads me to another positive- the front desk staff was thrilled to have my dog staying. "We love dogs," she said with a smile! Sometimes you have to sign a little liability waiver. I don't recall if this Red Roof Inn had a waiver to sign, but the tradition of dogs trashing hotel rooms goes back to that movie where Benji was traveling across the country. As the legend goes, he trashed EVERY hotel room he stayed in, flushing dog bones and lingerie down the commodes and pooping on the night stands. Now every dog must pay for that. This Red Roof Inn is in a neat location- it is convenient to shopping and food in a fairly bustling little highway-friendly town.. i.e. there are quite a few choices in dining from fast food to sit-down chains and sports bars. The hotel itself is convenient to getting on and off the roads, but it's up on this hill that keeps it out of the noise. My stay was good, mainly, because the room was exactly as I expected- clean and consistent and welcoming to my dog.
I would definitely recommend this Red Roof Inn to other travelers, particularly with pets, who are on a budget and need a clean affordable place to sleep where they'll smile at you when you check in, and welcome you back.
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