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“Bad” 2 of 5 stars
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3346 Hwy 301 North, PO Box 307, Hamer, SC 29547   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Hamer
Cypress, Texas
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Bad”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

We stayed here once before many years ago and it was ok. Then we tried it again in June 2012, mainly because we were traveling with a dog and reviews of any other hotels in the area accepting pets were all pretty bad.

The first thing is you can't book online, which is out-dated but we could deal with that, no big deal. As we approached we were happy to see signs saying there was free Wi-Fi. However, it turns out the Wi-Fi is only in lobby and pool area, not in rooms. Worse yet, no cell phone service in rooms (at least not for T-Mobile).

When we entered the water was running in the sink and could not be turned off. Why didn't maid report this? We called for service and they sent someone who was not a regular maintenance guy - he told us the maintenance guy had left for the day and that he would also be leaving for the day shortly. So in the evenings and nights they generally don't have a maintenance person on duty???!!! He kind of fixed the faucet so that it was down to only a slow stream and left a mess in the sink for us to clean up.

I have never seen bedding like this. Blanket was made of some kind of substance I can't even fathom. Sheets were tissue thin and wrinkled. Pillows were just a mass of lumps - you could see this before even taking the bedspread off by the shape.

Towels were extremely thin and very rough.

No coffee pot or blow drier, altho there was a small fridge.

Place was almost deserted. Very few people staying there altho it was a Saturday night - prime time for travel between NY/NJ area and Florida. Merchandise in the shops has hit rock bottom in terms of quality. It was always cheesy, but it's hit a whole new level.

This is a shame, since South of the Border is such a fixture and it was always fun to stop there, but I don't think we'll be doing it again unless we hear of some very significant improvements. CERTAINLY NOT for overnight.

The only real positive was the steak restaurant at which we had a good dinner, including a good salad bar.

Room Tip: Don't stop here if you can avoid it.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Wilmington, Delaware
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

Whoa! This place looked apocalyptic all that was missing were the zombies.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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newport
1 review
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

All i can say is WOW!!! When you first arrive it seems like a good place to visit,but as you take a closer look you realize you have made a terrible mistake! My destination was the motor inn so i could have somewhere to take my daughter for a couple of days of fun,and again I made a mistake.The first thing that you see on the front door of the motel is the fact that you MUST have a debit or credit card to even stay there with the full amount of your stay available on the card so i personally had to drive 12 miles to the nearest town to a wedtern union and add funds to my debit card.Got back to the motel and was offered a choice of a standard double across the street from the indoor pool for 59.00 or a deluxe room by the pool for 80.00 so i chose the deluxe room please dont the word DELUXE fool you!!! Dont get me wrong i expected an older motel and normally that is fine,we got to the DELUXE room and it smelled terrible ,ok i can deal with that i carry air freshener just for that reason,the room was clean enough carpet was very dirty would not walk on it with bare feet!! started to unpack and happened to glance up at the ceiling and the bedroom ceiling was covered in mold!!!!! you could see where it had been leaking from the huge rust colored stain and we were also in a room ajacent to somekind of utility room where there was a loud humming noise constantly found it very hard to get to sleep.There was nothing in the room such as alarm clock or coffee pot and the towels i think are made of sandpaper.So do yourself a favor go elesewhere.We spent the second night at a local Indian owned motel right down the street for 45.00 much better room for half the price btw the pool is ok but has a very strange odor took ashower as soon as i got back.

Room Tip: Dont stay here
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Plainfield, New Jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

very old, and outdated...

Was going to stop for lunch, but it was very old looking and something didn't fill right

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Weston, Florida
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

I wanted to experience SOTB after having passed it dozens of times over the last 40 years. Decided to stay overnight to get the full effect. Yes, the place is OLD, and tacky, but you already know that. And if you can appreciate the neon retro-cool of classic roadside America, it definitely delivers. It's Las Vegas meets Route 66.

But if you have good childhood memories here, and you want your own kids to discover the place, you might find it creppy and depressing. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be. The amusement section, PedroLand, didn't appear to be operating, even though the desk clerk said it opens at 10AM. So if rides are important, call ahead to verify. I paid the one dollar to ride to the top of the sombrero observation tower, and made the requsite cheesy souvenir purchase in the main Mexico Shop. The SOTB postcards are quite good, and at 12 for a buck, a real bargain. Otherwise I didn't go into any other shops or attractions, instead roaming the mostly vacant grounds taking photos.

Under another huge sombrero is the Peddlers Steakhouse, with an interior right out of 1974. The food was good and the service very friendly and attentive. There's a nice salad bar included with my meal as was fresh-baked bread. It's apparent that the place is also a favorite with the locals.

On to the motel. They didn't have my reservation (made by phone the day before). I half expected to find a dedicated long-term staff enthusiastically making the best of what they have to work with. But except for the restaurant mentioned earlier, most employees were courteous yet disinterested, as if they could just as well have been working at the local Pic 'n' Pay the week earlier. I reserved a "standard" room and was placed in the section near the outdoor pool. The a/c wouldn't cool, so the clerk changed me to the room next door. The room seemed clean enough but oh-so-dated. Except for some framed K-Mart art southwestern scenes above the beds, the Mexico theme doesn't carry into the non-descript decor and furniture. There were maybe six other cars in the motel complex; security is very active here and makes frequent passes through the complex, a nice feature. Grounds are poorly kept, lawnmowing seems to be the only attention paid to the exterior. The outdoor pool was padlocked and did not open during my stay; the interior pool is available..if you get a wristband at check-in. I declined.

The DEALBREAKER - The bedding, including the pillows, sheets, blanket, and matress- was pathetic! Something in the mix gave off a faint funky smell at times. There's no good excuse for an allegedly reputable hotel to be using items of such poor quality (and age). A real shame, especially since this is so fixable if the owners would only make the effort. Perhaps they should put as much attention into their beds as they do their billboards.

Everything else about the place is tolerable if one has the right frame of mind. There's a newly-renovated wing towards the rear called "King's Row" with updated large rooms, but it looks closed like so many other sections of the complex. If I were a billionaire with a playful streak, I'd buy up the entire place and renovate it into the showplace it ought to be (and maybe once was). Until then, my advice is Stop, Look, and Leave.

Room Tip: Enjoy the terrific nighttime neon show, have a meal at the Peddlers Steakhouse, check out the tower...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pemberton, New Jersey
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

Not a clean or comfortable place to stay after driving all day. Watched the cleaning crew attempt to clean the rooms, they dont even vacuum the rugs, they just use a broom to sweep the carpets. Dirty urine stains around the toilet, hard beds, smelly blankets and sheets. soap stains on the 70's style tub surrounds. If staying for more than one night, make sure to take all your stuff with you if you leave for the day. If not it probably wont be there when you get back. Every shop has the same stuff for sale in it. The only good thing was pedros steak house. Very bad tourist trap.

Room Tip: Stay some place else, you will thank yourself in the morning.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Albany, New York
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

This place is close to I-95, halfway between Florida and New York. Needs updating though. Must have been really something back in it's glory days. Pool, tennis, basketball courts, etc. It's inexpensive to stay here. I wouldn't make it my destination though. Staff is very freindly.

Room Tip: Not sure what the Deluxe rooms had to offer. May not be worth the extra $30.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3346 Hwy 301 North, PO Box 307, Hamer, SC 29547
Location: United States > South Carolina > Hamer
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Hamer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 300
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A motor inn conveniently located close to South of the Border. ... more   less 
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