There are several things I don't understand about the more positive reviews of this property, but the foremost is "convenience." I don't know how you could get any further from the Interstates that serve the city and still be in Lexington. Getting here was a complicated adventure and when we got here, our GPS (which we had ignored to follow the motel's print-out guide) turned out to be right. The shortest route was to get off the freeway about 10 miles west of town. The motel is also tucked inside an offstreet business/retail complex that requires you to use your imagination to guess which little parking lot entry will lead to the next parking lot entry that will lead to the motel.
I agree with Hawk67 in this regard: "When we first arrived at this property, I was less than impressed - Entry looked like a side door - and was not automatic - made navigating with luggage difficult...". He liked it much better when he got inside. We liked it only marginally better. The rooms are large but furnished like a Days Inn would have been in 1993. In fact, walking in I was convinced that this was a Days Inn that had been flipped after it failed. The room has had some heavy use and it shows in tell-tale ways- burn marks on the bathroom Corian, loose and broken tiles in the bath, sag-spot mattresses, and a plastic deflector on the H/Vac unit to keep it from setting the curtains on fire in winter. The tacky faux wood plaster lamps that characterize the decorating scheme don't help.
The nearby resources, including an excellent East Indian restaurant (Masala) and Liquor Bar would mitigate my irritation except that with taxes and the fees for our two dogs included, our bill for a single night is $168. Neither does it help that we had driven in from a superb Comfort Suites in Mt. Vernon IL that was $15 a night cheaper on the base rate and charged $25 less per night for our pets. So much for being good value for the money.
Frankly, the Choice Hotels organization needs to consider changing this property to an EconoLodge and dropping the rates accordingly.
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