This motel is a simple, one star property located on the outskirts of the University of Tennessee at Martin. Its convenient to the university, as well as local fast food restaurants, grocery store, and small cinema. If you find yourself in town overnight, its not a bad place to stay. If you're in town for a bit longer, consider trying the brand new Hampton Inn across the street.
First of all, the property is currently being renovated, and the guest rooms which haven't been renovated are rather sorry; old, dusty rooms, tired decor, and crumbling interior. If you visit, insist upon a renovated room, which offers slightly elevated decor, fresh paint, and new carpet, as well as a somewhat improved bathroom (although the tubs are still in need to work). At the time of my visit, the pool was also being renovated, and there were several discarded toilets, mattresses and carpeting stowed uncomfortably close to the guest rooms and pool.
All rooms (new and old) feature the standard motel fare: bed, card table with two chairs, limited cable television, small work desk, and dresser with mirror. One added convenience was the presence of a small micro-fridge in the room. Newer rooms also feature irons and hairdryers. All rooms are exterior corridor, so if you enjoy being steps from your vehicle, that's a plus.
Cleanliness is not next to godliness at this establishment. There were issues with the comforter; I suspect that it is not washed in between guests, which is simply gross and revolting. The carpet in the older rooms was sticky. There were no real problems cleanliness-wise in the renovated rooms.
A small but thoughtful touch is a continental breakfast served in the lobby each morning. The breakfast features coffee and juice, fruit, toast, mini-bagels, doughnuts, muffins, yogurt and basic cereals (raisin bran, cheerios). Free copies of USA Today are available in the lobby, where there are comfortable sofas to sit on as you watch television, read magazines, or just drink your coffee.
Depending upon who you encounter, the help can either appear painfully apathetic or genuinely eager to please. There is a gentlemen on the overnight shift who must either own the place or have stock in it because he will bend over backwards to make your stay a pleasant one. The flippant teenage/college girls who work the afternoon shift appear to roam the property armed with their telephone and will help only if your request is a standard one. They're pleasant enough, but it feels slightly discomforting to realize your stay (and sometimes your safety, financial information) is in the hands of lackadaisical teens.
Speaking of safety, beware the type of clientele that generally flocks to one star establishments. There weren't any red light incidents (this place seems too small town for that), but face it: There may be late night drinking parties, swearing, and fighting-some which may get out of control. But that's a risk you run at any motel, and can't really be blamed on the Econo Lodge.
Overall, the stay was adequate and I may stay again if I could be in a renovated room. Maybe a total renovation will turn this hit and miss property into a two star gem.
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