We were looking for a place to stop for the night on a Monday road trip and pulled into the Magnuson because it was an interior-hallway hotel. At first, we thought the place was abandoned; the pull-through by the check-in was mostly torn down, but a small sign in the window told us that the hotel was, in fact, open. We went into the lobby and were greeted by a very friendly and slightly pushy proprietor.
The proprietor tried very hard to get us to book a jacuzzi room ("Won't that massaging action feel great after a long day of driving? Would you like to see the room before you make a decision?"), but we just wanted a place to sleep for the night, so we declined. We booked a regular room with our AAA discount, and we took our key and walked to our room. The proprietor was right behind us, though, and he came into the room with us to turn on our A/C (it was very still and hot in there because the A/C units aren't left on between guests). Then he lingered to tell my husband about all the hotel amenities (hot breakfast, etc) while I went to the car to get the bags.
This was unsettling: The proprietor left the room and closed the door behind him, but then he realized he hadn't told us about the hotel pool, so he turned around. But instead of knocking, he USED HIS MASTER KEY to open the door again and mention the pool. Granted, he had just left, but once the door closed behind him, he should have knocked instead of just letting himself back into our room. We were careful to keep the security lock on for the rest of our stay.
The room itself was a strange mix of old and new. The bed linens seemed nice, but the bathroom hadn't been updated. The ceilings were high, but there were bare walls and very cheap furniture. The soaps provided for the bathroom were so cheap that the bath bar snapped in two while I was showering. The towels were plentiful, but the shower head was so high in the wall that I had to stand on my tiptoes to adjust it (I'm a 5'5" woman). The hallway outside the room reeked of smoke, even though there were no smoking signs in the lobby and on all of the room doors we saw (not sure if smoking is allowed in the rooms further down the long hallway). But the room itself didn't smell like smoke, which was a relief.
The A/C unit was under the window and was VERY loud. It would kick on throughout the night, with intermittent clicking noises and water leaking on the floor. Then it would turn off for a while. The cycle continued all night and made sleep tough.
When we checked in, we were the only guests in the place. I think a few more checked in after we went to bed, but overall, there was almost no one in this hotel overnight. We were near the check-in area and also near the ice machine (which worked) and the soda machine (75 cents for a 12 oz can, all Coke products).
In the morning, we went to experience the hot breakfast (available 6:30-9:30 am - we went in around 8 am). We were the only ones there, but the spread looked like it had been picked over. The "hot" offerings were watery eggs, biscuits and gravy in a warmer. There was also a waffle iron for make-your-own waffles, which were pretty good. There was a juice dispenser and 2% milk, plus a few varieties of cereal. I found a single packet of instant oatmeal and another of instant grits, and the pastry case had two or three danishes and about a half dozen mini chocolate donuts (the rest of the case was empty). There were a few slices of bread near a toaster, and two unlabeled bottles of syrup for the pancakes. I couldn't find any fruit until I saw a few apples in a basket. Aside from the waffle iron and cereal, it looked like most of the food was an afterthought, or that they were trying to use it all up before putting out any more. We ate alone and went back to our room to pack up.
Overall, this wasn't a horrible place to lay up for the night after a long day of driving, and the proximity to gas and fast food options was nice (we had Zaxby's for dinner), but the place did leave a lot to be desired. I don't think we'll be staying here again if we pass this way next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Magnuson Countryside Inn is located directly off Interstate 75. Downtown Adairsville is 2 miles west, and the Barnsley Garden Golf Course is a short 10 miles.The Magnuson Countryside Inn's amenities include free breakfast, an outdoor pool, free wi-fi,free parking, business center, microwave, mini fridge,free local calls, HBO, Cinemax, and ESPN, iron and board. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Adairsville
- Adairsville Best Western