While driving from Miami to New Orleans, we decided to stop for the night in Marianna, Florida. That’s about 50 miles west of Tallahassee. Since we are Priority Club members, we looked for a hotel in their dealie for the points. Holiday Inn Express fit that bill. I hope they gave us double points for tolerating this place…
Lars went in to get the room and was told all they had available was a Jacuzzi Room for $89. Having occasional bouts of romanticism, he jumped on it. They saw the poor guy coming a mile away…
So, we pull around to the side of the two-story Holiday Inn building and enter our room. He points to the corner and asks me what’s that? I respond that it is his Jacuzzi. But that is a bathtub, he says with his face contorting. Yes, Dear, but it has jets, so they can legally call it a Jacuzzi. I got screwed, didn’t I? Not yet, honey. HA!
Never mind that this supposed Jacuzzi wasn’t near big enough to accommodate his 6’6 self alone, there was no way we were both fitting in there comfortably, let alone trying to have a bit of fun in the thing. Then there was the issue of actually getting the jets to work. The switch to the Jacuzzi is in the bathroom behind the door, which was annoying, but it did not immediately work. We had to screw with the other button in the tub itself. When Lars finally got manly upside it, the jets began. After relaxing my aching rheumatic joints for a bit, I tried to drain it. I imagine the water is still sitting in that Jacuzzi because the plug would not stay up by itself, and I wasn’t about to sit there and hold it up myself the whole time.
There was also a love seat facing the TV inside the cheap faux-wood High Boy. This love seat has seen many better days, and quite a few parties from the looks of it. How that big, dark stain got on the back of it, I’ll never know. Nor do I really think I want to know.
The TV had a remote control, but the battery door was missing so you had to be careful how you held it or you lost the batteries.
There is a cheap Wal-Mart quality desk by the entry. Holiday Inn says they offer wireless, and if you need it they have Ethernet bridges available at the front desk. We were only staying the one night so I didn’t get the chance to check out the quality of the connection or the price. It did not say it was free on the card.
This Holiday Inn location does provide a small dorm fridge in the room by a semi-nice wet bar area. There is no freezer part to this fridge, but it seemed to cool quite well… as long as the power was on at any rate. We lost power for 3 hours. No idea why. There wasn’t a storm or anything that night. Odd.
The microwave was a bit of a joke. You could not set the timer on it with the number pad. You could only use it by pushing one of the pre-set functions, like popcorn. Annoying, that, since we had ran across the street to the handy-dandy Wal-Mart and picked up a few frozen dinners so we could get comfy and not have to go out again that night.
The King-size bed, however, was surprisingly comfortable. I had the best night’s sleep I’d had in awhile, sans medications. I was shocked I tell you. Shocked! Somehow, they accidentally bought a good mattress for this room.
There is an outdoor pool at the front of the building complete with lounge chairs, but we didn’t use it so I cannot tell you if it was clean or heated.
Within a block of this motel are numerous fast food joints such as Arbys, KFC, Burger King, etc, along with a BBQ joint. They offer a free breakfast at the motel, but since the power had gone out it wasn’t available, and really, we weren’t interested anyway. A bit scared to try it, if you must know. We opted for the Waffle House across the street instead.
Holiday Inn does supply a full-sized ironing board and iron, and there is a 4-cup coffee maker… check it over good though as you will likely need to clean it before use. I did. The cups are styrofoam and the cream & sugar are in those annoying packets along with a stir stick and that fake diet sugar crap. Wasteful, that. I had to open 4 of those to get enough sugar, which means tossing the sweet-n-low (or whatever it is) in the trashcan.
I passed on a shower altogether so cannot comment on water pressure or the Conditioning Shampoo quality. I’m sorry, but I’d rather hit the road with yesterdays travel grime than to step into that shower…
Amusingly, there was a price list on the dressing counter in case you wish to purchase their iron or towels. Gales of laughter ensued.
Two stars rather than one because of the comfort of the bed. If I were you, I’d avoid this one.
2222 HWY 71 N.
MARIANNA, FL 32446
Hotel Reservations: 1 800 000 867
Hotel Front Desk: 1-850-5262900