Days Inn - Not bad, but a bit overpriced
LURAY, VIRGINIA -- I was in town for the wedding of a relative. Luray is a small town so there not a huge selection of hotel/motels to choose from. I went with Days Inn as it seemed to be one of the nicer choices available. Days Inn has been hit or miss for me in my travels, so I wasn't sure what I was going to get. Upon arriving, I noticed that the grounds were very well kept for a motel of this tier. there were literally acres of freshly mowed grass, with flower beds and nicely trimmed bushes. The view of the mountains and surrounding farmland was very scenic as well. I checked in at the front desk, the lady at the front desk was very pleasant and mentioned she would be at the wedding as well.
Upon arriving at my room, I noticed that it was quite warm, the A/C was turned off, so I turned it on and the room began to cool down. The room itself was typical for the most part. A bed, TV, table, chair, etc. It was quite clean and there there only minor signs of wear on the carpet, there was no peeling paint or stains on anything, a good sign. In the bathroom, I was pleasantly surprised by the fire hose-grade water pressure. If you ever saw the Seinfeld episode regarding black market shower heads, it was much like that. Normally in motel/hotels they have less-than-powerful low-flow shower heads. Not here, You could probably wash your car with the amount of water this thing was pumping out. I suspect that someone may have removed the water restrictor from the shower head, it that's the case then I thank you sir/'mam.
The wifi was a bit shaky. You had to log back in through a login screen every time you open new browser. I was using my phone rather than an actual computer, so that may have just been related to that. Also the remote for the TV seemed to work intermittently. The only ice machine in the motel was in the lobby, which was a minor inconvenience, and the wash cloths were quite thin, but that's par for the course with motels like these. The Continental breakfast looked typical, but I ate at a local restaurant instead.
So the place is actually pretty good as far as Days Inns go. However this place runs $97 a night including taxes, and that was a AAA rate. Without the discount it would've been closer to $110 a night, which for a Days Inn is pretty pricey IMHO. This is a $75-$85 a night motel in my estimation. But I guess they can get away with it as there isn't much competition in town, and it is tourist season in Luray.
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