My daughter is a student at Western Carolina University, and my husband and I ALWAYS stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Dillsboro. It is a little out of the way from WCU, but there are VERY few hotels in this area and when we did stay one time at the River Escape, it was nice, but they charged us for a night that we didn't stay and it took us forever to straighten that out.
The Holiday Inn Express is right off the Highway on the way to Cherokee, but just minutes from Dillsboro and Sylva. While on the Hwy, it is not noisy. We have stayed on both sides of the hotel, and I do prefer the side facing the parking lot. If you are looking for a view, this is not really a hotel for that. It is a hotel to accomadate the traveler that is in the area for a purpose or passing through. The view from our window is a few trailers up on a hill. The few from the Highway side is mostly trees. But for our purposes, this is no problem.
This time we had the King Suite that had a couch, small table and 2 chairs. VERY spacious!
The room smelled and looked clean the moment we walked in. A frig and microwave come with the suite and it had some plasticware and plates in a ziplock bag for your use. NICE 42" flatscreen and plenty of channels.
The bed was what you would expect for a Hotel for this price. No frills such as down pillows or pillowtop matress or fluffy blankets. The pillows gave you a choice of firm or soft, but both seemed the same to me. The bed was comfortable. Like I said, for the price, it was fine. NO bedbugs ....which is what we all want ...right?
The shower/tub had plenty of hot water and was clean and your average ammenities.
The breakfast is really good, and the people who work here on the weekend mornings are SUPER nice! This one lady, and I HATE that I don't know her name, has been there everytime we go, and she is super nice and always makes sure you have everything you need and tells the guests to drive safely and so forth. A really nice touch. There is a pool and hot tub, but we have only used the hot tub once.
All in all, always very pleased with this hotel!
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