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Microtel of Arlington — it’s just OK

By: 22 May 2010 No Comment

We wound up running down to Kennedale, Texas, on Thursday for a funeral.

Of course, we made a lot of plans on the fly as one typically does when travel plans are made in a hurry. We’re not Texans, so we wanted a hotel that was near our family members and the church where the funeral was to be held.

My brother picked the Microtel Inns & Suites location in Arlington due to it proximity to all the places we needed to go. We could have made a worse choice, but we could have done a lot better.

Microtel is a budget chain, meaning we paid about $80 to stay there for one night. You don’t expect much from budget hotels, but Microtel disappointed a bit in spite of our lowered expectations.

For one thing, the room was tiny. There were four of us (wife, two kids and me) and we felt a bit cramped in the ole Microtel. In the main room, we had two beds, a wardrobe, a chest of drawers, a mini refrigerator and a 28-inch tube television set — there wasn’t much room for a whole lot else. The bathroom, thankfully, was large enough and the place was kept pretty clean.

The rooms weren’t horrible, but there were two things that about the place that were just terrible — the wireless Internet was terrible and the water pressure was pitiful. I got a strong wireless signal, but couldn’t connect to the Internet. Obviously, someone needed to reset the router. I visited with the hotel clerk we were having trouble with the wireless and he said it must be our hardware — I doubt that my laptop, my wife’s laptop and an Apple iPod Touch were all suddenly faulty. When someone makes a bunch of excuses rather than taking the obvious step of resetting the router, you know you’re dealing with someone who doesn’t know a thing about networking. That’s a true shame as the clerk was the only one at the desk.

I was eventually able to grab a very weak wireless signal from another router somewhere in the hotel, but the “strong” one covering my room never did work. Thankfully, the wireless connection was free.

The miserable water pressure was a major disappointment. It was rather like bathing under a water hose or getting Christened with warm water. Luckily, we didn’t run out of hot water. Still, jumping out of a shower and still feeling a bit grimy due to terrible water pressure is rotten.

On the positive side, the rooms were clean, there was free local and long distance calling and the beds were soft and stocked with warm blankets. Since were were in Texas, a good air conditioner was crucial and our room certainly came equipped with an air conditioner that kept the place frigid. The mini fridge was a nice touch, the rooms were clean and the hotel is located in an area that certainly appeared well maintained and safe (of course, this is Kennedale we’re talking about here — that particular Dallas/Fort Worth suburb is just a great area, anyway).

As you might expect, a free continental breakfast was offered. We didn’t take advantage of that as we met family members for breakfast on the day after the aforementioned funeral.

In the final analysis, the Microtel wasn’t a bad place to stay in a pinch, but I wouldn’t want to spend more than a couple of days there. The room was too cramped, the water pressure was too low and the wireless Internet was administered by someone who didn’t really know what he was doing. The next time we’re in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, we’re going to stay at least a weak — we’ll drop a few extra bucks and find somewhere a little more comfortable.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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