When we travel we usually rely on Priceline.com to help us find good places to stay. This time we chose a Priceline special price for "A 3-star hotel" in Cedar City. In this deal you don't actually see where you'll be staying until after you book it. So, we booked it, and it looked fine, so we kept the booking and stayed there.
Once we arrived we saw that this was a true motel with a layout reminiscent of the 1970s-1980s. It had been a long time since we stayed in a motel where the rooms all open to the outside and you accessed them via outdoor walkways.
I had high hopes when I checked in. The lobby and main building, including the pool, etc, had clearly been updated and renovated sometime in recent history. Things started to go downhill a bit once we got to our room, however.
First off, the climate control was difficult to get right and the room, like the rest of the motel, just kind of looked and felt old. The beds were comfortable enough, and the room had everything we needed. Sadly, my wife complained of a "wet-dog" or "dog-pee" smell next to her side of the bed. The smell wasn't overpowering, and it was late so rather than go through the hassle of seeing if we could change rooms we decided to just stay where we were. My wife didn't sleep well because of that I didn't sleep well either, but it was just one night so we hung in there.
The next morning when we mentioned the smell to the front desk clerk all we got was a puzzled look and an assurance that animals are not allowed in the rooms. This, of course, does not keep people from sneaking pets into rooms...which is what I assumed happened.
On the plus side, the hot breakfast was nice - lots of cold and hot options for a free motel breakfast. Though the breakfast was the main bright star in our stay, we left disappointed overall and will not stay there again if/when we pass through southern Utah again. less