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:
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:
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:
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.