Hampton Inn is now my favorite chain. I sometimes forget about it, but after reading a review of my targeted Courtyard By Marriott and realizing they didn't provide a breakfast, microwave, fridge or even internet for the more expensive rate, I stumbled upon the neighboring Hampton Inn and remembered how pleasant my stay had been at another HI site. I dropped in and requested a room.
First part of my review could apply to any Hampton: they have a nice, multi-faceted complimentary breakfast, fresh-baked goodies in the evening and 'custom' bathrooms in each bedroom. 'Custom' is in quotes because I understand each room is similarly equipped, but it really makes my bathroom feel uniquely designed. I love the touch. This site has a full walk-in shower, which I appreciated (though pressure was just a bit under my standards).
Really nice touch about this place (aside from the very pleasing staff): a customized van that is available for free to shuttling to local events. Airport shuttles are of course appreciated when available, but something that stood out was this wasn't your normal airport shuttle with the hotel name slapped on the side. It was customized for Hampton Inn and looked comfortable. But what was really cool? They had a handmade sign, on an easel, advising you to leave your car with them and let them take you to the local university football game. Talk about the extra mile, literally and figuratively. That should easily save $15 for parking alone!
The breakfast eating area was large and accommodating, with small family and couple tables and one nice bar chair community table. The serving area was a bit unfortunate: it was around the corner from the eating area and a bit cramped, so in and out traffic required a bit of understanding of your fellow travelers and care to not run into each other.
Yes: free internet (AT&T customers will find their devices connecting automatically), microwave and fridge. Nice touch was the two USB ports built into the bedside lamps for easy overnight recharging. Never knew to miss that before; now I will at other places. Chain restaurants in the area: some fast food, some sit-down, including a handful in easy walking distance.
Yep, the fact I'm writing this review should be an indication how much I appreciated my stay. It was worth the expense (and I do appreciate the military discount; thanks).
- Also Known As:
- Hampton Inn Knoxville Airport Hotel Alcoa
- Hampton Inn Knoxville Airport Hotel
- Hampton Inn Alcoa
- Alcoa Hampton Inn
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