Spark Rally - Hotel Review - A MUST READ for anyone going to the May 21, 2011 Rally!
Monday, January 17, 2011
When I heard "Microtel" I wasn't really sure what to expect...probably like many of you. The Microtel in Florence, Kentucky was more than I would have thought to expect at a price of $69.99 per night. I'm incredibly pleased to have been able to go to the hotel and see it in person so that I can report to you on the condition and amenities offered. I'm a bit of a germophobe, and with that being said, this is one of the cleanest facilities that I've seen! The hotel not only looked clean, but it smelled clean, as well. That is the most important thing to me when finding a place to stay. Please see the list of amenities below, and then the rest of the review below that. Photos of the hotel are available on my Spark Page at https://sparkpeo.hs.llnwd.net/e1/myp
•Free Wireless Internet access (Ethernet cables available also)
•Free local telephone calls
•Premium television channels
Hotel Amenities and Available Services:
•Free 18-holes of golf at adjacent golf course (miniature golf & swimming may be available by May)
•Free work-out at nearby health club (show your room card for free work-out)
•Free Continental Breakfast
•Cribs are available at an additional charge
•Rollaway beds are available at an additional charge
•Pay Washer and dryer available on first floor vending area
•Business center access (computer, printer, fax, etc.)
•Discount at select restaurants nearby
•Pets are welcome ($10.00 non-refundable pet fee)
The common areas of the hotel are simply, yet elegantly decorated, clean, and spacious.
There is a small sitting area centered around the front window. It has a couch and a couple of chairs with a lamp.
There is a business area where there is computer access, a printer, and fax machine. Charges apply to use the printer and fax, etc.
There is a lounge area near the check-in desk where there's a leather couch, chairs, a fish tank, and a television.
There is vending and ice on all three floors. The first floor vending area also has a pay washer and dryer available.
Near the vending area on the first floor is the breakfast area. It's a small room with a few tables. A continental breakfast is served in the mornings.
The conference center has enough room for roughly 100 people. We will have several rows of tables for guests, and two-three round tables for staff working at the rally. The conference center room is clean, and has adequate facilities for our event: pull-down projection screen, television, sink, two exits, and three temperature control units to keep the room at an even, comfortable temperature.
The first and second floors are all non-smoking rooms. The entire third floor is comprised of smoking rooms only. I couldn't inspect any smoking rooms, as all of them were occupied at the time, so I don't know if they are in a different condition than the non-smoking rooms on the first and second floors. There is an elevator that goes to all three floors.
There are both one-bed and two-bed rooms and suites available. We were shown three different types of rooms: 1-bed room, 2-bed room, and a 2-bed, one-room suite. All of the beds are queen-size. All of the rooms were immaculately clean. The carpeting looked new, and all of the linens were clean (although there was one small stain on one of the sheets). The bathroom was of adequate size and has a hair dryer and the normal bathroom amenities available. The bathroom is the same in each type of room. All of the rooms have one darkened-mirrored wall, which is above the head of the bed(s) in the room. I think the mirrors add to the room in making it appear larger. The mattresses were clean and didn't have any stains or abnormalities of any kind.
Both the one-bed and two-bed rooms are $69.99 per night, so when you call to schedule your room, if you want the two-bed room, be sure to request it. The staff indicated that the two-bed room is the one that they will assign to people when they call, but just to be sure that you get what you want, you should ask for it to reduce the possibility of errors in communication. The two-bed room is adequately spacious. The one-bed room would be adequate for one person, but it is quite small. I would not recommend the one-bed room unless you don't mind being somewhat cramped, especially if you have two or more in your party.
The two-bed, one-room suite is complete with the same amenities as the other rooms. In addition, it has a sink, refrigerator and microwave. It is quite spacious. This room is $79.99 per night. If you don't mind paying the extra $10.00, this is really nice.
The hotel allows you to bring your pet for an additional $10.00 pet charge per night. The $10.00 pet fee is non-refundable.
The hotel has deals with some of the businesses nearby that are advantageous to people staying at Microtel. For instance, there is a golf course nearby that allows people staying at the Microtel to play a free 18-hole course. Along with the golf course is a driving range. The golf course is adding a miniature golf course and swimming pool that is expected to be complete in the Spring.
While there is not a work-out area in the hotel, they do have an agreement with a gym accross the street. If you show the gym staff your room card, you can work out for free. I'm not sure what the hours are at the nearby gym, or what the facility offers, but there is a place to work out for those who like to begin or end their day with a work-out.
All in all, I feel that this hotel is exactly what we need for our rally. It's a moderately priced, clean hotel. It has the cleanliness and most of the amenities of a 3-star hotel at a 2-star hotel price. The only thing that would have been nice is to have had a health room and pool on-site. Even without those two items, I think one would be hard-pressed to find a better place to hold our rally. I give this hotel an enthusiastic thumbs-up!