Roanoke >Ramada Roanoke
1927 Franklin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA | Directions 2401437.25442 -79.95068
We booked this room after 5 days without power in the sweltering summer. Although the air conditioning was so very welcome, and the hotel lobby was set up beautifully, it was not at all representative of the hotel itself.
The halls and balconies were poorly lit, dirty, with broken tiles and decay very evident. You could see the street below where the balcony walls did not meet the floors and the insulation had decayed and browned.
The "laundry facilities" consisted of a washer and dryer crammed into a small space next to an ice machine - with no lights and sketchy power sources. The "recreational facilities" consisted of 2 tandem bikes - seemingly from the prior century - and a treadmill that was unusable due to the belt being dry-rotted. (Yes, it was that old). There was a strange odor in the lobby hallways and the parking lot was full of holes, chunks of asphalt, and cracks.
The room itself was no better - outside of the conveniences of air and power. The room was billed as a queen size room. The headboard was queen size, the bed itself was a full. The blanket had holes in it and barely fit the bed. There were dark stains on the carpet and the box spring. There was no smoke alarm, and no knob for the "heater" in the bathroom. The toilet was filthy and looked as if the underside of the rim had not been cleaned in ages. The ceiling tiles in the bathroom were cut and did not fit in the drop-down grid properly, leaving dark gaps in the ceiling area. Although there were a microwave and mini-fridge in the room, both were old, scarred, and dirty. There were spill stains/runs on the wall, as if someone had thrown something liquid against it and it had never been cleaned. The lampshades were dirty and torn and the ironing board cover was stained and dirty as well.
It seems as if more attention has been paid to the lobby - to give appearance of beauty and style - than to the rooms, which are much more important to the guests who must reside in them. Again - although it provided a respite from our situation - I would not recommend this hotel in the state that it is currently in.
A lodging staple for budget-minded road-trippers and business travelers. – In Short
Since the Ramada brand made its debut in 1954 in Flagstaff, Ariz., the hotel franchise has been offering dependable accommodations with budget-wise perks. Families appreciate the kids-stay-free policy for children 17 and under staying with their parents. Other amenities usually include a swimming pool, full-service restaurant, lounge, in-room data ports and voice mail. Group rates--for wedding parties, corporate groups or family reunions--are available for parties requiring 10 or more rooms per night.
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