Fun, but don't expect the Waldorf Astoria...
This is the second year we've stayed here with our two young children on our way home from our annual vacation. I will say that it is a good way to "break up" the drive for the kids. The upside is that it is a fun place to stay in a "kitchy" kind of "Route 66" kind of way. The food at the restaurant is kinda pricey, but good (get there early if you don't want to wait), and it is a fun place to eat as well. The reasturant is practically a theme park, with games, a gift shop, fun stuff on the walls, and don't forget the occasional person to challenge the 72 oz. steak on the stage. They have a pool shaped like the state of Texas, and it is clean and well-maintained. I also have to say that is it always cool - a welcome treat after driving all day in 95 degree temps in the summer (I can't stand checking into a hotel in the summer only to discover the pool is 98 degrees!).
Now for the downside. The hotel is old, and shows it. While the rooms and beds are perfectly clean and acceptable (in my opinion), the walls have some occasional rot where they meet the floor, the wallpaper is sometimes peeling, etc... again, just a little old and worn out. When we were there this time the ice machine was on the fritz, and it took about 5 minutes to get one CUP of ice. Nobody htere gets in a hurry to fix anything (like the ice machine), so just know that going in. We'll stay there again, as we do have fun when we go, and it's certainly not unclean and gross like some motels I've been to (read: the Budget Inn in Durango, CO!) - I'm fine with staying there with my family. But their focus is certainly not on having the newest most up-to-date hotel.
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