Two weeks before, I stayed at the La Quinta in Sweetwater, just 40 miles west of Abilene. It's well worth the distance no matter which way you're headed.
This particular La Quinta is situated right off I-20 at the intersection of what must be the local drag strip, because our room, which faced this street (West Lake Road), came fully equipped with natural loudspeakers to blast the sound of racing engines, rumbling exhaust pipes, and profound bass notes from state-of-the-art stereos.
The room was clean enough and the bed was comfortable enough, but that constant sound makes this a very unsuitable location for a motel--especially one without interior hallways; e.g., whose doors open directly to the outside. The hotel clerk told us the speed limit on that road is 70 mph.
The faucet on the lavatory was too hard to turn to the left for hot water, and the hot water took forever to arrive. The shower vacillated between too hot and too cold, no matter the setting I chose.
The free breakfast in the lobby was certainly worth exactly that. Unceremoniously set out, it consisted of cold pre-boiled eggs, a few dry cereals, hot brown water parading as coffee, and stale pastries. Thank goodness, there's a Denny's mere steps away and better yet, a Starbucks at the next exit.
La Quinta can do better than this. And if not, I certainly can--just 40 miles west to Sweetwater.
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