After deciding to spend an extra night in Pigeon Forge, based on the reviews and it's extremely reasonable price ($59!) we decided to stay in Econo Lodge.
Cons: A bit smelly outside. Worried me. There was a problem with their computer system when I tried to check in. The front desk staff were not very welcoming...but I got the impression it was less because of them being unfriendly but more that the one gentleman there was absolutely exhausted. They patiently tried to sort out the problem but in the end simply asked me to check back with them in the morning.
Pros: Where to start? The room was incredibly clean. No icky odour as we walked in the door. The bathroom, though small, was immaculate. Even the carpet didn't have the usual sticky hotel feel. The sheets were clean, though a bit scratchy. The beds were very comfortable. The 8-year old declared he MUCH preferred this room to the one we were in the previous night (which cost twice as much as Econo Lodge!). He slept like a log all night. The a/c was extremely efficient. So efficient, in fact, that we turned it and the fan off as we slept because it was really chilling the room.
Because we arrived late and left as soon as we were up we didn't go to the pool, but it looked clean and there were many happy-looking people in there as we walked past.
The breakfast in the morning...holy cow!! Had more stuff than the (twice as expensive) hotel we were at the night before. It was delicious. The serving staff were friendly, and the breakfast area was extremely clean.
The staff at the desk in the morning were happy and friendly. The problems of the night before were all sorted.
There were a *ton* of ducks sleeping in the parking lot when we arrived, and by the next morning they were paddling about in the river. 25 cents gives you a small handful of corn to feed them. Luckily a couple came up while we were there with two large containers of corn; they gave the kidlet two huge handsful to feed the ducks. The wife told us she and her husband come up from Florida every year and always stay at the Econo Lodge. They said it's always extremely clean and comfortable.
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We appreciate you being our guest! Thank you very much for the great review. It is always fantastic to hear that our guests are having a great time while here. Thank you again for staying with us and we look forward to your return
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