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“Good location, but not much else” 3 of 5 stars
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The University Inn at Emory
1767 N. Decatur Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307   |  
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Ranked #15 of 31 Atlanta B&B and Inns
Bedminster, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Good location, but not much else”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

If you need to stay within walking distance of the Emory campus this is the place. If you want a clean, quiet, comfortable hotel, look elsewhere. It is basically a Motel with outside entrance to rooms and located on busy road from which you hear much traffic noise. Also had mildew in shower and the room felt dingy without much light.

Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

I came to this hotel knowing that I was looking for family friendly location conveniently located next to Emory University and the hospital. What made my experience the greatest was the true southern hospitality from the staff. The free wine and cookies in the evening were definitely a plus! I enjoyed being able to walk around the Emory University campus with my family and then go out to dinner in the small town of Decatur.

Room Tip: The Guest House rooms were the nicer of all the choices. I think they renovated it not too long ago.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shiku, Guest Relations Manager at The University Inn at Emory, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
Thank you for your comments. It is our pleasure to serve you. If we do not meet your expectations in the future, please let us know.
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Atlanta, Georgia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Looking for temporary housing while our home was undergoing major repair, we were very excited to find a place near home and MARTA with a full kitchen.

We didn't check any online reviews because we have passed The University Inn at Emory hundreds of times and it has great curb appeal and a quiet, on-campus location. I had expected a kind of small, bed and breakfast kind of a place and was somewhat surprised to discover that it is essentially a motor inn with a few homey touches.

First for the homey touches:

The staff are universally friendly and helpful, and the lobby area is very sweet with a well stocked around-the-clock coffee/tea bar and delicious, warm cookies in the evening.

There is a small, private pool and although we couldn't swim because it stormed both nights of our stay, it looked nice.

The breakfast is adequate - generous cups of yogurt and bottles of fruit juice, along with the usual assortment of breads and muffins, apples and bananas. The "homemade cereal" looked like a mixture of commercial cereals such as raisin bran and granola, plus some dried fruit.

We loved the toiletries provided - some of the best of any place where we have stayed.

As for our main room and bathroom, they were old, worn and dingy but clean. However, we chose The University Inn because of a kitchen, and unfortunately the kitchen in our unit was absolutely filthy. The cabinets and drawers were literally sticky to the touch and the dishes and pots/pans were grimy with old food. We were fine there for a couple of nights but decided to stay elsewhere for the rest of our time away from home. We did pass on our suggestion to have the kitchen in that particular unit thoroughly cleaned.

Overall the University Inn has exemplary service, a great location and some nice features. However, the rooms and grounds are in need of renovation and more thorough cleaning so we would not stay there again or recommend it.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shiku, Guest Relations Manager at The University Inn at Emory, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We are sorry that you found the kitchen in that condition. It is very important to feel clean when you have to sleep away from home. Your comments will be addressed by our maintenance team.
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Ringgold, Georgia
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

My daughter and I stayed here the night before our visit to Emory University. While we LOVED the university, this MOTEL was a disappointment. First, I had no idea that the doors were on the exterior of the building or I would not have booked here. This facility is old and not aging well. Our room was not very clean and had an ancient heat/air unit that rattled all night. The continental breakfast consisted of the saddest looking muffins I have ever seen and coffee. They shouldn't have even bothered. This room was not worth half what I paid for it.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

We stayed at the University Inn while my son attended chess camp at Emory. The location was within walking distance to all of the camp buildings. The staff was friendly and courteous. Our stay included free internet, continental breakfast and happy hour M-F which included a selection of several wines, beers, coffee, tea, freshly baked cookies, nuts and snack mix. The hotel lobby has a very homey feel and everyone was friendly. The rooms are outdated and need some TLC, but they are very large and include a mini fridge and microwave. Our room was on the third floor (walk up only - no elevator). They also offer apartments for long term stays. The hotel is located in a beautiful neighborhood where we were able to walk safely and explore. There is a neighborhood park (work in progress) on the block behind the hotel. There are also several great restaurants within walking distance or a short drive. We look forward to staying there during camp next year.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the first floor.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shiku, Guest Relations Manager at The University Inn at Emory, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
Thank you for your comments. It is our pleasure to serve you. If you ever anything less than what you expect while our guest please let us know.
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Birmingham, Alabama
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Needed a place to stay close to Emory University Hospital- this hotel is right on campus and 2 blocks from the hosptal - gives disount for folks staying to visit in the hospital. Old hotel but clean and vey nice people. Friendly atmosphere and very helpful. Continental breakfast and social hour is a definate plus. Rooms are very large and comfortable beds, also has a small fridge and microwave in the room. I had some issues with the internet but quickly resolved with a passcode from the front desk. We had to leave a day early and they were very understanding. If you are visiting and need a place to lay down - this is very convenient.

Room Tip: Pick up a brochure at the hospital that will gve you an additional $10 off the first night stay
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shiku, Guest Relations Manager at The University Inn at Emory, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
Thank you for your comments. It was our pleasure to serve you. I hope should you need to visit Atlanta again in the future that you will consider us as your place to stay. Many thanks.
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Savannah, Georgia
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

The hotel I had planned on booking in downtown Decatur, Ga. was closed for remodeling and my client booked this place.
I approached with trepidation as the reviews on Trip Advisor were pretty bad.
Imagine my surprise to find a worn, but neat and unassuming little hotel nestled in the heart of Emory University.
Imagine my surprise to be greeted by a courteous and professional staff who offered suggestions for dining and an afternoon "tea" in the small lobby.
Imagine my surprise at discovering my room to be worn, but very clean and spacious.
Imagine my surprise at being able to get work done followed by a quiet and comfortable night's sleep.
No, it's not a 5 star experience, but is a perfectly fine. clean. convenient little hotel with a safe, well-lit and free parking lot.
Based on other reviews, it would appear that some people just can not be pleased.
Imagine that.
JR

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1767 N. Decatur Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307
Location: United States > Georgia > Atlanta
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #15 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Atlanta
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