Four stars ... barely ... but pet friendly.
I'm a frequent, frugal traveler on a budget typically looking for lodging bargain, always accompanied by Mike, now a gentle old soul of a Chocolate Lab. Recently having been treated terribly by the ch... more
I'm a frequent, frugal traveler on a budget typically looking for lodging bargain, always accompanied by Mike, now a gentle old soul of a Chocolate Lab. Recently having been treated terribly by the cheaper chains -- Super 8 and Motel 6 come immediately to mind -- I've been experimenting with paying a bit more in the hopes of having a more peaceful stay.
This property met those conditions -- barely -- given this was a free stay, part of my activity with Best Western's guest rewards program. Because this was listed as a pet friendly property -- the Waterbury, VT Best Western, where I was headed the following day, was not -- I chose this place. And so since I told them about Mike, naturally they had to charge me $10 for him. Yes, the charge could've been worse -- but I always resent pet fees. Given the "pet-friendly rooms" had bare plastic floors right next to a very noisy exit door -- and given the sprawling layout of the property -- the next time I would sneak Mike in.
Other than that, the property is large, conveniently located right off I-89, in a neighborhood of several motel chains. The room was quite comfortable bit small and a bit noisy; having the fridge and microwave was a nice to have not always offered in motel rooms these days. Given this was billed as a business conference center, the lack of a iron / ironing board was noticeable (was it in the tiny closet? Didn't look there). The breakfast was the usual fare; I had the dry scrambled eggs and greasy sausage with over-sweet machine-mixed cranberry juice. Surely these motel chains could do better.
One other issue that came up: I almost didn't get my free night; the evening desk clerk lost it somehow when he went in to add it to property's booking system ... that led to 20 minutes of confusion and dallying (the reservationist took the voucher number but it was not in the reservation system when I checked in). The whole thing left me questioning the hiring / training of guest staff.
So, four stars, but just barely. If you're going to be staying in this area, it would be well your worth to shop around. less