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Americas Best Value Inn
Ranked #20 of 23 Hotels in Athens
New York City, New York
1 review
“Don't Waste Your Money”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

My wife and I booked a room here months in advance, as we were coming in for a wedding. There was a UGA football game that weekend, so we still paid a pretty penny. After arriving at 2am, we were catcalled by drunk guests out on the second level. We buzzed to be let into the lobby (that's right, they don't consider it safe to leave the main lobby door unlocked), checked in with the desk clerk (who was polite and respectful) and headed to our room.

First and foremost, the door didn't close properly- I didn't need my key to open the room. The room was dim, dark, and dirty, with cigarette burns on the bedding and stains on the carpet. The air conditioning unit was partially ripped out of the wall. The bathroom had mold in the shower, mold on the toilet, and mold along the caulking of the tub.

The condition of the room, combined with the safety concerns of both the door and our lovely "neighbors" upstairs, we refused to stay even one night. We immediately called other hotels in Athens, and found a wonderful spot for the same price as the Travelodge. Trouble was, they only had a room for the next night.

The Travelodge room was so bad, we drove to the other hotel, parked in the garage, and slept in our car rather than spend any more time there. The desk clerk had no real authority to issue refunds, but he was kind enough to call his manager and get us a refund for at least the second night. We still had to pay for the first night. While I appreciate that it's impossible to fill a reserved room at 2am, and it's in keeping with company policy, I feel a little cheated. We paid good money with the expectations of a clean, safe bed for the night, and we got none of that.

We received an email from the general manager a few days later, acknowledging that we had checked out early, and were unhappy with our stay. The email was, to be blunt, garbage. Had I not been expecting the message, I would have assumed this was someone trying to scam me. There was no company information in the email. No letterhead, no address, no phone number. There were spacing errors, and English was very clearly not the GM's first language. I don't begrudge him that at all, but in business communication, you need to be able to clearly form a sentence. If you can't, then hire an office admin to take care of your official correspondence.

Don't waste your money here.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Athens Ga
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

The staff is always very friendly and kind, but the property maintenance leaves a bit to be desired. Sticky balcony floors, noisy bathroom fans, noisy pipes. But it serves a purpose and the sheets are clean!

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Reviewed October 5, 2013

Some of the reviews here are a bit hysterical. Yes, it's old, worn and cheap (except on football weekends, when it's not cheap at all). But we stayed here when it was the only room we could get for a big game, and it was fine. The manager kindly offered to let us look around before checking in. Room was clean, housekeeping staff was friendly, the hot water was hot, the little fridge was cold, the door locked at night, and we could walk to downtown. It's not the finest hotel in Athens, but it's not the nightmare on Broad Street that some have made it out to be.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

The Travelodge Athens is not meant to be a luxury hotel. This is an older property within walking distance of downtown Athens. They keep prices low. The staff are fairly friendly.

TV with nice selection of cable channels. Microwave and fridge.

The interior walkway is bit worn.

Rooms are decent and clean. You will notice some wear-and-tear in spots.

Free wireless internet. A few feet from The Varsity, the famous hot dog restaurant.

Overall, the price is right, as is the location. Perfect for people who prefer saving money over luxury amenities.

Oops, forgot to take photos! Sorry, I usually do when I travel. I will take some next time in town.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Americas Best Value Inn
Address: 898 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30601-2512 (Formerly Travelodge Athens)
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Location: United States > Georgia > Athens
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 23 Hotels in Athens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Americas Best Value Inn 1.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover the historic college town of Athens, Georgia and all it has to offer while staying at the Americas Best Value Inn Athens, the best choice for business and leisure travelers alike. Ideally situated only less than a mile from the University of Georgia and historic downtown Athens, our hotel is conveniently located off Highway 441 on on West Broad Street. Key local attractions include the historic 40 Watt Club, Sanford Stadium, and University of Georgia at Athens. Our knowledgeable and helpful staff can recommend what best suits your travel itinerary. Our property offers an array of modern amenities including a free Wi-Fi, late checkout and a safety deposit box at the front desk. Sorry, no pets are allowed. Our hotel is 100 percent smoke free for our guests convenience. Start your work or sightseeing day in fine form with free continental breakfast. After a day of sightseeing, guests can relax in our seasonal outdoor pool, open May to September. Visitors in town for business will be sure to take advantage of our business services, featuring free Wi-Fi, copy, and fax services. Each of our 40 guest rooms/suites feature the ambiance of home luxuries such as free Wi-Fi, microwave, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, 32 inch flat panel cable TV, desk with lamp, and table with chairs. Iron, ironing board, and hairdryer are available upon request at the front desk. Americas Best Value Inn Athens is your best choice within the "Classic City". We offer ideal accommodations and location whether you are in town for entertainment, music and food festivals, sightseeing, wildlife activities or simply passing through on your way to Atlanta. At Americas Best Value Inn Athens our goal is to provide our guests a great experience, not just a place to stay. At Americas Best Value Inn Athens, We've Got You Covered from the time you hit the road until your head hits the pillow. ... more   less 
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