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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina Hotel Benton
- Lake Ocoee Inn And Marina