FF in Wyche, VA and Columbia, SC are good, but both are new and green. CY in Atlanta, GA Airport area was recently remodeled and great. CY in North Myrtle Beach, SC last year was great in a nice upgrade room. RI in Montgomery, AL and Columbia, SC are new mattresses and great, both being the new decor.
FF in Ocala, FL were too small so we didn't sleep well with 2 to a bed.
We've also had to leave many HI without even checking in after asking about bed sizes. That lesson learned after a sleepless HI in MO near Hermann. I can't remember the name of that city right now, but it was between St. Louis and Hermann.
I've found that the newer the property (new or renovated) the better the beds in FF or Spring Hill. I had great beds in Indy FF (new hotel), Orlando FF (more than one, all newer properties) and a Peabody, MA Spring Hill.
Have these properties that disappointed others been in older locations? After a poor bed experience in an older FF in the Gainseville FL area I try to book newer properties if I stay at the budget brand.
i have noticed the same thing. I too try to look for newer FF's when I stay in them. I may start calling ahead next time, to see how new they are, or when their beds were renovated. I can put up with a lot, but a poor bed, or too much noise, are the 2 things that give me the hardest time to get good rest.
Haven't noticed the beds as much as the chairs/couches. Residence Inn and Townplace Suites especially, but also others.
I agree that it's primarily that the items are just old and worn out.
And I can't believe how often I have to plug in lamps! Is someone unplugging them thinking they're saving electricity?