We stayed at HoJo Athens on the way back from a trip. My feelings on the hotel are mixed. There are some pluses and minuses, depending on what sort of experience you're after. Some pluses: the location is excellent if you want access to downtown and the university. It's also within an easy drive of a good deal of restaurants, although we didn't take advantage of that due to our late arrival. We also didn't take advantage of the pool, which was hopping with what were most likely new college freshmen all the way up to the pool curfew hour. By the light of the next morning, the pool looked clean and well-cared for. We did take advantage of the Domino's Pizza delivery to the hotel, with coupons for hotel guests. The Domino's is close enough that the pizza was still piping hot when it got to my door. Another plus: 24 hour front desk service. The hotels all have a microwave, coffeemaker and fridge, and this is the largest fridge I've ever seen in a motel room. It looked to be in the neighborhood of 5 cubic feet, much bigger than the little 3 cubic feet fridges most hotels have. I'd say dump your coolers and put the food in here overnight, except the ice machine at this location has somewhat limited capabilities. This is also the first time I have ever stayed in a hotel with a safe in it. I didn't need to use the safe, but I found it an interesting addition. Needless to say, this is an older hotel that has not been remodeled in some time. It's still in great condition, considering. However, that does lead to some minuses. First and foremost, this hotel is billed as having interior hallways. Which it does. However, what it also has are sliding glass doors leading onto a porch on the outside! How is that really safer? It does point up that this hotel was built when interior hallways were not designed as a safety feature, but as a comfort feature. The inside of the room was clean, but everything was wearing down. There was something wrong with the remote to the big screen TV: it could only browse channels backwards, no matter what button you pushed, even the volume button. And the vintage 70's style bath tub drain stopper was not working - bring one of those big rubber stoppers if you intend to take a bath here. The continental breakfast was good, with a decent selection. The sausage biscuits were especially appreciated. And the staff were all really kind and helpful, full points for them. This is a good establishment with a great location. It just really needs an investor to sink some money into it, then it could be a great establishment.
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