Given the on-line price (very low) and the reviews (historically negative but more recently somewhat positive), my choice to book this motel for an overnight stop on our way to Chattanooga was a gamble, but one that paid off. We had a good night's sleep on comfortable beds in a clean room. In the morning we ate a filling breakfast from a well-stocked continental breakfast spread in a bright, airy room with a panoramic view of the mountains.
date of stay: January 23, 2013 (10:30pm)
price: 48.28 (42.46 plus taxes)
room: 113, around the back of the hotel
condition of room: recently painted and renovated. Lots of patches in the bathroom.
condition of plumbing: Pipes made weird noises when shower was in use but pressure and temperature of the water is great.
condition of furniture: good. Mattresses were probably replaced last year.
Noise: quiet. Location is off the road, up on a hill. Also, not too many guests. A bunch of drunk boys around the corner were getting rowdy in outside corridor nearer to the front desk when we checked in. I saw a motel employee heading their way as I entered the lobby, so I guess there was a complaint and the manager was addressing it.
amenities: good. Separate freezer and refrigerator. Didn't use the coffee maker or iron
cleanliness: Smelled fresh but not sweet or flowery. no dust, dirt, stains,trash.
climate control: We needed the heater to work and it did. No noisier than any hotel unit.
Front desk: Night manager not so friendly, day manager - cheerful, interested in our opinion.
breakfast: Usual cold fare, toaster for breads, biscuits and gravy and egg patties, WEAK coffee
I am writing this review from my motel room in Chattanooga. We are staying at another Wyndham chain motel of similar price range. This room is identical to the Howard Johnson's room about which I have written this review except for the decor and a few minor differences concerning the price (current room is slightly more), size of the television (current tv is bigger) and what amenities are provided (Howard Johnson wins with the vanity set-up, freezer and nice breakfast). Unless the proprietors of this motel let things slide, we will continue to make this motel our overnight stop in the future.
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