I will say that based on previous reviews, I booked a different hotel than this one. My colleague, whom I roomed with, booked this one in case it was better than the reviews. He was upfront about the reviews when booking the room, and was told that they are remodeling and working to change their image. From what I saw first-hand, they're doing pretty well - good enough that we switched to this hotel which was closer to where we were working. We were able to check the room out prior to taking it, and I suggest others do the same to make sure you're getting what you want.
One thing that was mentioned before is the smell of the hallway and entrance. It's still there - kind of musty, and the carpet runner is stained and could stand to be changed. But the room we had was nice - rather large with 2 queen beds. The bathroom is a little cramped, but that's not too bad. The shower was a little weak pressure-wise, but the hot water was definitely HOT! We had a small fridge sitting on a luggage bench along with a microwave, older TV (CRT), chest of drawers and an armoire (no coffee maker).
The good: Again, the rooms are sizable. At no time did we see any bugs, either. The beds, for the most part, were comfortable. Most of the other occupants of the hotel seemed to be there for the same purpose me and my colleague were there for, so it wasn't rowdy or too noisy. It's right off the highway, so finding it isn't a problem. The convenience store is open 24 hours, so if you needed to get a snack or something, you can get it at any time without having to drive someplace.
The bad: The TV has limited channels (about 20 maybe?). The WiFi is sketchy at best. I found myself having to disconnect/reconnect at times, sometimes 5 or more times just to get a solid connection, and then it might last an hour, sometimes 3 hours, sometimes 10 minutes. A couple of times we did not have an adequate amount of towels (2 people in the room and one bath towel?) nor was there a bath mat. I had to make a trip to the desk (which is located in the convenience store on the property) to have someone get me towels and a mat. And when we checked in and tried negotiating about an extended stay (30 days), it was like pulling teeth because the guy we were dealing with spoke broken English at best, and the lady we were dealing with wouldn't stay still long enough for us to talk to her and would not let us get a word in edgewise.
Also, the location is a little out of the way. Unless you want to eat at the restaurant on the property (which I never ate at myself, so I can't speak to that), you have to drive 15-30 minutes for food. Joliet is about 30 minutes away, and you'll have no problem finding something to your liking. If fast food is all you want, there's a Dairy Queen at a gas station 2 exits south, and a McDonald's at a gas station 4 exits north. At that same exit, there's a Subway that's open 24 hours. For more "sit down" type food, though, Joliet is probably the closest bet.
For the price we paid and based upon the previous reviews, my "average" certainly is warranted. Again, don't go here expecting a "Hilton" type experience, but then again, compared to previous reviews, this was an excellent stay and worth the flyer.
One thing I will say is that if given the opportunity to stay here again, I would. Those of you who had bad experiences previously might want to book this hotel and maybe another "just in case".
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