on August 30, 2012
We wanted an overnight stop and were not very interested in the location as long as it was easy to access from the main road so doing a quick internet search led us to boking the Comfort Suites. The main appeal was the fact that the room came with two beds and a sofa-bed so it meant that I wouldn’t have to share a bed with my teenage daughter.The comfort Suites was very easy to spot from the road, its garish orange paintwork certainly stood out at what was basically a truck stop in the middle of the desert. Its location didn’t look terribly inviting but after a long hot drive we were just keen to get in to a room with air-conditioning and a chance to make a cup of tea!The hotel has a large car-park which is free. Once we had parked we went in to reception and were immediately disconcerted by a sign telling us that "materials used in this building are known to cause cancer in the State of California". However we soon realised that we would see this sign all over California but no-one would ever be able to give you information about what it actually meant.When we arrived at reception there were several people working there. However some appeared to be training and it took a while to check us in as about 4 people had a go at our booking whilst someone supervised them. We didn’t really mind this but a quick smile and an explanation or apology would have been polite.Although this is a newly built property the inside was rather dull, certainly not as colourful as the outside!Our room was a good size and as expected had two queen beds and a double sofa bed. It also had a handy kitchenette with microwave, coffee maker and fridge. The room was very clean and there was plenty of extra bedding to make-up the sofa bed, having stopped in several places where this was lacking I was pleased to see it here. One of the things I did dislike about this room was the carpet; it was very cheap and caused all of us to give each other static electric charges which were rather unpleasant!The bathroom was large although we didn’t have the large bath that is shown in some of the hotel pictures; ours was just a standard size. The shower worked really well although an inefficient extractor meant that the bathroom mirror was permanently steamed up.We had booked knowing this was a non-smoking hotel and there was not a trace of cigarette smoke in our room or in the corridor either which was good as we have noticed in other places that people have obviously ignored the rules. Wi-Fi internet is also included in the price and we found this to be fast and reliable.This hotel des have a pool. It is very small with just a couple of chairs and although it is walled there are grilles in the wall which make it feel like you are sitting in the car-park. However the pool was clean and it was certainly nice for a quick refreshing dip after a day’s travel.The room rate we paid included breakfast for the four of us which was served in a breakfast area next to reception. There weren’t many tables and I did see some people taking breakfast back to their rooms, I am not sure if that was through choice or if it was because they couldn’t find anywhere to sit. I would have preferred a separate room rather than sitting in the reception area.The food selection was perfectly acceptable. There were a few cooked items like bacon and egg and then toast, cereal, pastries and fruit with juices and tea and coffee available as well. I am not sure what the tea was but it was the most disgusting brew I have ever tasted so I can’t recommend it. We managed to eat a filling breakfast each and also took some bananas to eat later I the day which seemed to be an acceptable practice. There was an assistant permanently filling up the food items and when I asked about something that had run out she was happy to quickly fetch me some more. I did see people complaining about the fact that the plates and cutlery were disposable but for an all-inclusive price room and breakfast price of £88 for four people (two adults, an 18yr old and a 15yr old) I thought that was quite acceptable.This is certainly not a luxury hotel in a beautiful setting. However it is a brilliant, practical stop which is easy to access, gives nice big room and offers a satisfying breakfast and if we ever find ourselves on that road again we would certainly stop here.
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