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Econo Lodge & Suites
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4501 McFarland Blvd. E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35405   |  
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Ranked #27 of 31 hotels in Tuscaloosa
Monee, Illinois
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“OK for one night”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I stayed here only one night while riding thru Tuscaloosa. Two story motel with exterior doors to rooms. Check in was quick and the hotel staff was friendly and offered suggestions on places to eat. Plenty of restaurants within walking distance.
My room was on the ground floor and was a king, non-smoking room with a sofa. The room was very dated with old style tv, old bed spread and microwave and fridge. Small outdated bathroom with sink in the room. The room was clean and the bed was very comfortable.
Free continental breakfast which was basicially nonexistent. Only saw coffee, orange juice and a couple muffins. Seasonal outdoor pool.
My stay was ok but if I'm ever in the area again, I'll probably stay somewhere more modern.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Here for UA graduation, staff friendly, room awful:
1) 3 of 6 lights not working
2) some kind of brown/black "goop" on; back of door, door knobs, phone directory placard
3) dead bug in coffee maker
4) carpet extremely dirty
5) areas around door filthy
6) tub stained/dirty
7) cigarette tar stains on numerous horizontal surfaces
8) furniture clean, but, scuffed,scratched and in need of repair/replace

Hey, I understand this is a "value" hotel, but at least it can be clean! Tempted to eat the loss of a priceline.com deal ($55 nt + tax/ fees) X 2 nights. We will never stay in a Econolodge again.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012 via mobile

Stopped here spur of the moment. Nice to find friendly staff and a clean room.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lenexa, Kansas
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

I stayed here for a total of six nights. Never had a problem. I didn't try the breakfast so I can't comment on that. The room was clean enough. Yes, it's definitely a dated hotel and you can tell. I agree that the bathroom could have used a little more attention, but it wasn't anything that I couldn't deal with.

The place can be difficult to find because it is behind some restaurants.

The one thing I found is the rooms have colored sheets (Kings were Pink!). I thought this was a bit refreshing. It was different than your typical white sheets! I did see Blue sheets on the housekeeping cart.

I would stay again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Panama City, Panama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

Stayed 1 night, we were just passing through the area, The room was rather clean, but the bathroom could have used a little more bleach (was a little mold around the grab bar in the tub) but over all it was good. we stayed in room 202 (which was right above the office). It has good lighting, the room had fairly new carpet and the bed sheet and all were really soft and the bed comfortable. The only really dated things in the room was the mini fridge and microwave. The worst thing that i could say about the place was the entrance was not well marked ( it sits behind a couple of restaurants and the free breakfast is a joke. (had your choice of Cheerios, generic Raisin Brain, or mini blueberry muffins. I did not even find any milk for the cereal.)

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

This is not a Comfort property you want to bring your family to but if you are roaming alone, this should be your place. Very nice helpful staff in a property that provides basic sleep rooms with a no nonsense breakfast. It is relatively secure area with numerous fast food places within walking distance.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2011

This hotel at 1901 McFarland Blvd (there are two in Tuscaloosa) has no idea about customer service. If you have any type of discount, make sure you have everything in writing because the management will not extend you any courtesy. We had a mix up with a special discounted rate and no one from the person I spoke to on the phone to make the reservation, to the check-in clerk, to the on-stie manager knew how to handle this special discount. The main issue I have is that they were not accurate in what they said to me about the rate and then the management was not willing to honor the discount. Basically, no customer service. We generally stay in this area several times a year and will definitely be staying at another hotel in the future because of this incident. Will not EVER stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4501 McFarland Blvd. E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
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Location: United States > Alabama > Tuscaloosa
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #27 of 31 hotels in Tuscaloosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Econo Lodge & Suites 2*
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Tuscaloosa Econo Lodge
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