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“Convenient to White Water Outfitters” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina

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2496 Highway 64, Benton, TN 37307   |  
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Conyers, GA
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“Convenient to White Water Outfitters”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

I have mixed feelings about this location. It was obviously old, probably from the 50's and I like older buildings. It is right by the lake, love that, even though the view from the hotel is the marina, for a really good view, you have to go across the parking lot. The staff is friendly and the hotel quaint. But the beds were worn. Room 5 seemed ideal for a couple with a child, because they had two small rooms one with a double bed, the other with a twin. On the negative side, the bed was so worn you could feel the springs, and the bathroom was so small you had to sit angled (sorry for being blunt). It takes a lot for me to ask to trade rooms, but since we had a reservation for two nights, we both agreed we didn't want to stay in that room. We were sent to Room 9 which had better beds, there were two queen beds. Both rooms had a view of the lake. Room 9 was in the front, 5 was in the back and had a private porch. I was surprised to find that they had Direct TV and even Wifi. But even that was not perfect, The wifi worked great at room 5 but would not work in room 9. Direct TV was hard to find the channels without a channel guide, which they had, but it would be easier if it was able to find by just changing channels, but that was not their fault. Hotel prices during September ranged from 55- 90. They ran their own Outfitter service, with two possible white water trips. I took the less expensive one, the south run, which had five rapids and was about 1.5 hours long. No complaints other than it was a bit disorganized. Granted they had 78 people for that trip, so it might have been better with a smaller group. I liked the convenience of walking from the hotel to the outfitter. The restaurant was closed, not sure if it was for good or because it was just outside the season. There were four restaurants in driving range, so the lack of a restaurant was not a problem, but make sure you bring a cooler with ice. They don't provide ice. They do have an air conditioner, if you can tolerate the noise. Finally I was amused by the sign on the wall. We were admonished that we could not swim in the lake, fish in the lake, go to the marina (ok so can we at least look at the lake?). Also we were told we could not get drunk, crude, lewd, noisy. I can appreciate that. Quiet is good. But it sounded like there was not much we could do that was ON that list. My advice, there are not a lot of choices for rentals in the area, unless you want to rent a cabin. I would stay there again, but you bet I will check out the mattress and see about the wifi connection before taking the room.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SAHTN, Manager at Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
Dear Travelwriter52,

Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We have been updating our facilities for the past 3 years now and started with our cabins and have completed a few motel rooms. We were not able to get rooms 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 14 done last fall & winter but have begun work on them now. Some of the updates include new beds, mattresses, linens, decor, etc.

We have just completed revamping a pier for guests to fish from & there will be a cookout area with tables for guests who are not staying in the cabin units.

Our marina store is and has always been accessible for guests whether they are staying on our property or not however the docks that house peoples private boats are kept gated and locked for guest safety and property protection. We do offer pontoon, fishing, canoe and SUP (Stand up Paddle Board) rentals from our marina store which provide a great way to get out and tour beautiful Parksville Lake.

Our cabins have private docks for swimming and there is a very nice public swimming area "Parksville Beach" within a minute drive from our property for motel guests to swim and sun.

Again thank you for taking the time to write a review and help other travelers know what to expect. We are very excited to be implementing changes within and across our property and would like to invite you to stay up to date. Please join our facebook page and witness some of the changes as we post this fall & winter.

Sincerely,
Stephanie Cooke
Manager
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

My family- three small children and my husband and I- stayed for five nights in July. I have never had a more relaxing vacation. The days were warm but not too hot, the nights were cool- the lake was clean and refreshing. We stayed in cabin 7 and had the dock on the lake pretty much to ourselves the entire time- the kids spent hours swimming (and not fighting for a change) and fishing. The staff were friendly and helpful if you needed them, but not intrusive. Cabin was rustic and charming- clean upon our arrival. It wasn't fancy, but it was comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked w/ dishes and utensils and there were plenty of blankets and towels. The beds were surprisingly comfy too and we all slept very well. The area is just beautiful- it was amazing to look across the lake at night and see no lights on the other side. Parks within an easy drive offer great hiking/swimming and scenic views. It was a great place to make memories and we hope to visit again next summer.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We found the price & convenience of the Ocoee Inn good, but the room was old and worn, with peeling wallpaper, hole in the linoleum near the tiny bathroom where the floor boards seemed to be rotting underneath, and the carpet had not been recently vacuumed. The motel was more like connected cabins, and was 75 feet from the marina where we checked in for Rafting, which was the best feature. The restaurant was closed, looks like for an extended period.

The rafting experience was completely different, and a delightful experience with great people! A blast!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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SAHTN, Manager at Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We are in the process of updating all of our cabins and motel rooms. We have updated 4 of our cabins and 4 motel rooms and still have plans to continue some improvements in those facilities as well as the ones that have not received attention including the unit you stayed in. Please join our facebook page and stay up to date on changes and improvements. We hope you'll consider visiting next year and experiencing the changes personally.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

The best guides and great group of people. A safe and enjoyable trip thats well worth the money! Couldn't ask for a better staff. We try and go every summer. Love you guys and see you again next year!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rutherford, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We rafted with Ocoee Inn this past weekend and stayed in cabin #15. The whole experience was great! This is the 2nd year in a row that we stayed in cabin 15 and we absolutely love it. It is simple & rustic but very well furnished and relaxing and in a great location. The only negative thing I have to say about cabin 15 is that it only has 1 shower and that is tough with a large group. However, we will stay there again in spite of this. There were 11 of us and we had more than enough room for sleeping.
Our rafting guides were Julie (Jules) & Camdyn. Julie is the greatest guide ever!! I highly recommend going with her if you are up for a more adventurous experience. This is our 2nd trip with her & we will try to get her every time we go. Camdyn did a great job as well.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Statesboro, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Rented a cabin designed for 4 but there was just 3 of us. Cabin is rustic and small but clean and well maintained. Staff was great and very helpful. Cabin 7 would be better for just 2 people due to it's size and layout. Bathroom is cramped in size but functional. Plenty of hot water for showers. We stayed for a week and enjoyed the whole time we were there. Didn't lack for anything. Cabin is on the lake and has a great view. Would go back again.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Columbia, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I have stayed in all but 1 of the cabins and also in the motel once. We go rafting with Ocoee Inn every year and I would just like to clear up some possible misconception that I'm reading on these reviews. This place is under new ownership/management and they are continually making improvements. The cabins are all wonderful, yes, but the motel has not undergone all the improvements yet. It takes time to make such vast changes so please don't be put off by a review from someone who wasn't happy with their motel room. I've stayed in a room myself and it was still adequate. Seriously, when you stay in a motel room you are usually only in it to sleep, right? This is a rafting/fishing/kayaking/biking/hiking/outdoors kind of place - not Lodge of the Four Seasons! We love this place and the people who run it. Ocoee Inn, we'll see you again in a couple of weeks! We have 12 people this year! Woo hoo!!!

Room Tip: I recommend all of the cabins, it just depends on the size of your group.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina

Address: 2496 Highway 64, Benton, TN 37307
Location: United States > Tennessee > Benton
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Benton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina established in 1936 is located inside beautiful Cherokee National Forest on Parksville Lake. We offer guided whitewater rafting trips, lakeside cabin rentals, lakeside lodging, pontoon and fishing boat rentals and boat slips for boats ranging in size from fishing up to house boats. Ocoee Inn continues to provide a destination for outdoor adventure seekers in a family friendly atmosphere. ... more   less 
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