First Tip: If you are getting a different hotel in Alvin at the same price, probably get that.
Second Tip: If you are buying a stay just going by the reputation of a Best Western, think again. Remember that there is a huge difference between a Best Western and a Best Western Plus hotel, which we learned by experience.
We had booked this hotel, on the road at the last moment, so we weren't really spoiled for choices and just went by the reputation of the hotel chain. That was a mistake. It is definitely not great value at the price range. There were only smoking rooms left when we booked, but upon our late arrival the manager offered us a non-smoking room that had opened up. We were pleased to hear that. However, our happiness was shortlived as the room smelled like from the instant we entered. Having never stayed in a smoking room before, we could not tell if it had been hastily converted to a non-smoking room the day before. Anyway, we were too tired to complain and decided to crash in. The bed was fine, but we had to sleep without the hard pillows. We never turned on the LED Tv which had a weird bleeding glow coming from the bottom of the plane. It was disturbing enough for us to try and cover it with a piece of cloth in order to go to sleep. The AC was one of the noisiest that we have encountered in a hotel, and not really as efficient in cooling as in noise production. Both the AC and the microwave seemed to be a few generations old. But everything was very clean. This is an absolute basic necessity that is sometimes missing in low budget hotels. But we were glad that this hotel got it "spot on". One more thing is the open design of the hotel which gives travellers access to their rooms directly from the parking lot. I personally prefer the sense of security that comes with a closed design where the rooms are accessible only through the lobby and kind of expected that from a Best Western Hotel (The adjacent Super 8 has that design).
The breakfast is about average. Mostly frozen and packaged food (buns and cinnamon rolls), cereals, coffee, juices, yogurt and a waffle maker. They also have some frozen sandwiches and burritos that you can warm up in the microwave to eat. Overall it was a marginally unpleasant short night stay, neither enough to be recommendable nor enough to to go on a raging rant.
Having stayed in a few different Best Western (Plus or not) Hotels around the country and having had a pleasant stay, I would definitely not remember this one.
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