What were my impressions? The outside of the gray building is well maintained. Several crepe myrtles were blooming when I pulled into the parking lot. When I pushed open the front door, I noticed the lobby was separated from an outside room "area" by another door. Apparently, guests of the Inn need to have a key to access the lobby in the evenings. If you haven't checked in yet and you arrive at the property late at night, you buzz for the front desk attendant who speaks to you through a bank-teller-type window before letting you inside. This is a nice security measure.
The lobby is a simple sitting area. Next to this there is a separate room which offers a variety of vending machines including a phone card machine and a newspaper (the AJC) box. There is also a collection of area attraction brochures for guests to peruse. Apparently you can buy discounted Six Flags tickets at the front desk!
Everything was clean, but I have to be honest. The place had a sterile, hospital-like feel to it that I didn't like. This was amplified that much more when a custodian walked by wearing latex gloves!
So much for atmosphere....
The Microtel offers guests a couple of different choices for rooms. You can get a standard single with one queen bed or a double with two queen beds. Basic hotel/motel decor with purplish curtains. There are no suites with kitchens here, but for a very modest fee you can have a microwave and refrigerator available in your room. This makes a lot of sense for people who are taking advantage of the extended stay rates. (Putting some OJ and snack-o-las in your room is another great way to save money.) Amazingly a seven days stay here can run as low as $230! That's cheap! However, this deal is pre-pay, and no refunds are given if you check-out early. Single night rates can start as low as $40/night depending on the season.
Bottom line?It's clean. It's cheap. What do you want, really, for this kind of money? There are other Microtel Inn locations in Atlanta including a large one in the more corporate area of town that's called Perimeter Center near the Perimeter Mall.
June 28, 2004
From journal Hotels in Hotlanta