Middle Age Miles

Hotel Review – Super 8 Plano/Dallas Area

In April 2017, I did my first-ever mattress run, at the Super 8 Plano/Dallas Area, to take advantage of a Wyndham Rewards promotion and add enough points to my WR account for a free night at the Wyndham Grand Chicago that would have otherwise cost about $300.  For my post on the “mattress run” aspects of this stay, click here.

The Super 8 Plano/Dallas Area hotel is located just off the northbound service road of North Central Expressway, between 15th Street and Park Blvd. in Plano.  The area has several budget-level hotels in close proximity, including a Quality Inn & Suites, a Motel 6, a Ramada Limited, a Comfort Inn & Suites, and the Magnuson Hotel Park Suites.

My rate was $50.39 for the weekend one-night stay ($56.94 all-in, with taxes), using AARP for the best discount.

Apparently I saved a few dollars booking my room in advance, according to the sign out front when I checked in:

$59.99 rate for “day-of” check-in!

I didn’t take too many pictures of the outside or the lobby, so as not to call any more attention than necessary to the fact that I was mattress-running and not actually staying.  I’m pretty sure the check-in agent thought I was an undercover cop or drug dealer anyway :-/  But I did snap a quick shot of the entryway while walking up to the hotel:

Shortly before my stay, I got the Wyndham Rewards Visa card from Barclays, which comes with Platinum status granting the benefits shown below:

Wyndham Rewards elite status benefits, as of April 2017

At check-in, however, I was not thanked for being a loyal Platinum guest, nor was I offered a “Preferred room” or asked if I’d like late check-out.  I wasn’t terribly surprised.

There was one additional snafu at check-in, which is worth a call-out.  I had entered my Chase Sapphire Reserve card when I made my reservation.  I had intended to switch the payment when I got to the hotel, to my new Barclays Wyndham Reserve card, in order to earn 5 Wyndham Rewards points per dollar of spend and make progress toward meeting my minimum spend requirement on the new card.  However, the Super 8 had already charged my Sapphire Reserve card before I checked in, and they told me that the charge could not be reversed.  This small tip is worth knowing if you are ever in a similar situation – that is, if you need to switch credit cards on a Wyndham reservation, be sure to call Wyndham reservations and make the charge in advance (I’d say at least one full day before check-in) and don’t count on being able to make the switch at the hotel.

I was assigned to Room 109, and given a room key with a pretty sweet deal for a 3-topping Papa John’s pan pizza for 10 bucks:

For better or worse, I prefer thin crust.

The room was about what I expected.  There was a queen-sized bed with only one cigarette burn in the comforter.  The black-and-white picture of Cadillac Ranch over the bed actually added a nice Texas touch:

Room art – the Cadillac Ranch

The room had a fairly comfortable chair and a window a/c unit:

There was also a nice-sized refrigerator, along with a tv and a work desk area:

I tried to turn on the tv, without success.  I couldn’t get the remote to work at all, and I couldn’t get it to switch from HDMI input to TV input without using the remote.  Oh well.

Don’t try to take the fridge; they’ll find you:

To their credit, the fridge was actually cold inside.

I don’t remember reserving an accessible room, but I got one.  Maybe this was my Platinum “Preferred room” upgrade:

Bathroom amenities consisted of a RainBreeze Gentle Cleansing Face & Body Bar and Matrix Conditioning Shampoo:

There was a single-serve coffee machine with a single cup and dark roast coffee pack:

The view from my “Preferred room” was classic American parking lot, brick wall and street:

The bathroom ceiling had some issues, though in fairness I’ve seen the same thing at several higher-end hotels:

I received a WiFi Username and Password at check-in, but I did not try to connect.  Also, the hotel provides an included breakfast daily from 6:00 to 9:00 am, but I didn’t go back to try it.

All in all, I’d say you pretty much get what you pay for at the Super 8 Plano/Dallas Area.  But it was a perfect choice for my Wyndham Rewards mattress run.


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