We turned up on spec and were quoted a double room with shared bathroom down the hall for $60. We were told there were no ensuites available, unless we wanted a suite for $130. So we stuck with the shared bathroom. It was only later that we saw that only about two other rooms (out of 25) appeared to be occupied. Odd.
We had Room 4 (the Corner Room, if you’re looking at the website). Very cute, with old pictures on the walls, an antique dresser in the corner and views over the town’s main street, AKA Route 66. The king bed was comfy and although there was no air con, there was a fan on the roof, which kept us pretty cool.
The bathroom – which we shared with one other room – was down the other end of the hall. It was miniscule (like a toilet and a shower stuffed into a broom cupboard) but spotless. Or it was until our sharees turned up. But that’s not the hotel’s fault exactly.
What We Liked
The atmosphere of the place is nice and homely, and the decor has been done very well – it’s very atmospheric. There’s also a communal living room with tea and coffee-making, and free wifi all over.
What We Didn’t Like
We’re going to go out on a limb here and say we have never stayed anywhere with such thin walls. We may as well have been in the same room as our neighbours – we heard every zipper, footstep, bag being undone, everything. They could obviously hear us too and tried whispering. Sorry people. We still heard.
Ditto for outside – luckily Williams is a small town but we were woken up by people carousing in the street outside, and by regular trains which liked to sound their horns. A lot.
Lastly, there were no curtains in our rooms – just nets, which didn’t even cover the whole of the windows. We brought this up at reception and were told “Oh it’s fine, nobody can see in anyway.” For a start, we’d beg to differ – we were on the first floor, overlooking the main street, with lots of people sat outdoors just across the road. So we got changed with the lights firmly off.
For another thing, the lack of curtains meant we kept getting woken up by the light, so we barely slept. In the end, we got up before 7am, as we were bored of continually being woken up by the light and the noise, All in all, a terrible night’s sleep.
Good prices, and lovely looking rooms. But personally, we could never spend another night there unless they sorted out their soundproofing (maybe just some blocks on the interconnecting doors?) and strung up some curtains. Those of you currently preparing your portfolios for the Standard, however, this might be right up your (Main) street.