Having lost power due to the pre-Halloween storm that brought much of Southern New England to a standstill, my wife and I found serviceable, reasonably-priced lodging at the Lexington Quality Inn. Following our one-night stay, however, it’s hard to shake a feeling of déjà-vu, as if we had been here before, say, back in the late 60s, a time when Quality Inns were plentiful and Hojo dominated the highway food scene. (Fittingly, adjacent to the Quality Inn is a Tex-Mex chain restaurant.) Alas, while nostalgia has its appeal, it also has its limitations, as is the case with this rather outdated and uninspired accommodation that seems stuck in the second-half of the 20th century.
The Lexington Quality Inn features a functional, Motel-6-like two-level shell. In classic motel fashion, you can park your car within a few feet of your actual room. Our room, by the way, was priced at $89. There was also a $24 fee for our two dogs (not inexpensive, but much appreciated). The room had a rather pungent ammonia scent about it, as if the cleaning supplies had been obtained at the local Dollar Tree. Still, the room was ample in size, providing us with a surprisingly comfortable king-sized bed. There was a large LG TV, with Direct TV, along with an oversized fridge, microwave (?), small coffeemaker, non-functioning hairdryer, and iron and ironing board (the latter of which we didn’t attempt to use).
The bathroom was merely functional, providing a curious and unwelcoming design with toilet and tub/shower in a cramped, window-less room while the sink and mirror were situated between the bathroom and living area. Thankfully, the shower offered ample hot water and good water pressure. The same, however, could not be said about the sink, as water pressure was poor. While the bathroom lighting was satisfactory, it should be said the bathroom, as a whole, is in need of updating.
While the room was generally tidy, the carpeting was badly frayed near the door.
Having breakfast at the Lexington Quality Inn is by no means a distinctive affair, but given our low expectations we found it a welcome kick-start to our day. Breakfast is taken in a sterile, characterless room, strangely very close and within earshot to the reception desk. Here diners will find the usual array of bagels, cold cereals, packaged yogurts, coffee, and the like. Hot foods included sausages, curious-shaped poached eggs, and, much to our surprise, a waffle maker. The coffee was surprisingly tasty, but the emphasis on paper and plastic goods was a bit dispiriting, as a nearby wastebasket would attest. Indeed, the whole affair was reminiscent of a middle school cafeteria.
Service at the Quality Inn was friendly and helpful enough, though the employees we encountered presented themselves as wishing to be far, far away, perhaps in a that modern, four-star accommodation of their dreams.
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