We arrived in Mineral Wells, Texas recently after camping in a screened-in shelter in Lake Whitney State Park. We were sick of camping and fighting off the rain and the heat and the bugs, so we were very happy at the thought of splurging on a hotel. We hadn’t really planned our vacation, because our reservation at Mineral Wells State Park had fallen through due to unavailability of screened-in shelters there. We arrived here in Mineral Wells tired from driving all day, and disappointed that there weren’t any cabins available in Possum Kingdom State Park. We discovered that almost all the other hotels in the area were booked up for the weekend, including the local Best Western and Ramada Inns. We had shopped around for good prices, and although the Executive Inn was not our first choice, we were very glad when we found they still had one room available.
We were pleasantly surprised at the size and the amenities of the room. There were two queen beds with brown floral bedspreads and light blue sheets, a table with two burgundy chairs, a good sized TV set with satellite television, dresser drawers directly below, a microwave and medium sized refrigerator, a small table and mirror, an iron, ironing board, hair dryer, and coffee pot in the bathroom. The air conditioner was a window unit, and was a little tricky to operate but worked fairly well and turned off when we didn’t want it on. There was no closet, but there was a rack for hanging clothes and a stand for a bag or suitcase. However there was a slight unpleasant smell in the room which needed to be aired out before we could really use it.
The high-speed wireless internet was good quality and connected easily without the necessity of any log in. However, I did have a couple of disconnects. The “continental” breakfast was nothing to scream about, and consisted mainly of doughnuts and coffee. There was also a lot of high sugar cereal, bananas, whole milk and Sunny Delight, but all in all I felt cheated in the breakfast area.
I had some trouble with my keycard not opening the door. The only thing I could think of that could be causing it was a package of batteries I had in my pouch with my digital camera. The staff was friendly although rather clueless about it, and reprogrammed my card promptly when I needed it. I gave the card to my husband, hoping that keeping it away from the battery pack would stop the problem. However, when we tried it later it failed to work again, despite the fact that it had been nowhere near the battery pack.
There was free ice available outside which I could obtain by placing my card in a slot. There was also a small living area in the lobby with a breakfast table and couches and a television set, and a computer available to guests to surf the internet. I didn’t need it because I brought my laptop, but I noticed another guest on eBay when I passed through the lobby.
The rooms were smoke free, which I liked. There was also a pool nearby, which was clean and well-tended and which my husband and sons greatly enjoyed. There was also a nice little wooden swing nearby outside of the pool area. The hotel was also very close to Mineral Wells State Park, which was our ultimate destination.
The maid service was prompt. I had no problems with the maidstaff throwing away things that I needed, never making up the room or failing to clean things when they did make it up. I had washed the coffee pot, and they dried and reassembled it for me. However they turned off all the lights after leaving, causing me to have to fumble in the dark to find the light when I got home. Also, it seemed that she was turning the air conditioning completely off before she left, which is absolutely inappropriate. She was continually setting us up to pay $59.95 per night to come home to a muggy, 90 degree darkened room. I cannot condone the management of a hotel increasing their profit margin at the guest’s expense.
Overall I was happy with the accommodations. I might not have taken a risk on an off-brand hotel if the Ramada and Best Western hadn’t been full, but I felt that compared to other hotels this one offered most of the same amenities for a much lower price. At $59.95 per night, it was much more affordable than the La Quinta where we stayed in downtown San Antonio. However, the behavior of the maidservice is a major strike against this hotel. I give this hotel a two star rating out of a total of five stars.