I was trying to find an affordable and convenient place for my parents to stay for one night while in town for a graduation. Upon arrival, I thought - well, this isn't too bad - phew. We get into the lobby and I knew things were going downhill. The laundry is right off the front desk, door wide open... the area behind the front desk was piled high with deliveries, laundry carts, and general disarray. We stood for a little bit, waiting for someone to notice we had come in. When she finally got there, it was harried and rushed as the phone was now ringing as well. The clerk was very friendly but asked us to wait while she picked up the phone. The conversation went a little like this.
"304? That should be empty..... No...did you knock? ......Last night, he was in 307. You need to check that room. ........No one should be in 304.........That...that's not good."
Eek. Ok, I just crossed my fingers and hoped my parents weren't on the third floor (they weren't). First, we got lost because the room number system is weird. I won't bother describing it but it was confusing. We then found the room after going down the dimly light, highly stained and scuffed hallway. It smelled. It was a combo of many cooked foods wafting into the hallway plus age/mustiness. There were many, MANY cameras dotting the ceilings - most of which looked fairly new - so that's comforting and yet, disconcerting all at the same time.
The room was worn, but it was clean. Definitely smelled musty, even after the AC ran for a bit. There are no amenities to speak of. No plastic cups, no sundries, no ice bucket/ice machine. Very basic and utilitarian. If you wanted anything for use in the kitchenette, you have to request it from the front desk. I would think that if you were hard pressed to find a cheap place to stay during construction or a search for a permanent residence, this could work as it did have a basic kitchenette (with two stove-top burners, but no oven).
There were constantly smokers in front of the building which was a little annoying as you had to walk through the cloud of smoke to enter. Wish the property would designate an area for them away from the entrance.
I just don't think I'd ever put my parents (or anyone else) through that again. It simply wasn't a nice place for an overnight stay. I can see the value in a cheap place to hang your hat when you are in a pinch, but I'd rather shell out an extra $30 a night to go up the road to the Hyatt.