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“What a dump!” 1 of 5 stars
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Econo Lodge & Suites
Ranked #29 of 34 Hotels in Tuscaloosa
Akron, Ohio
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130 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“What a dump!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

My sister and I planned our Family Weekend vacation in July and this was the only hotel that was still avaliable in the Tuscaloosa area at that time. It looks relatively nice on the outside, but the inside is disgusting. There was some sort of black mold-like substance on the walls and when we opened the door a rush of mold smell wafted out of the room. Since the entire city was sold out, there wasn't any other place for us to go. The carpet had an oily feel to it, the bathroom had broken and missing tiles, the refrigerator was not clean on the inside, and the overall condition of the room was deplorable. When we asked about internet access so we could print off our boarding passes to fly home, we were told there wasn't a computer available. The continental breakfast was dismal with cereal, milk, packaged pasteries and coffee.
If you have the opportunity to stay somewhere else in Tuscaloosa, do so and stay away from this place!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I stayed here only one night while riding thru Tuscaloosa. Two story motel with exterior doors to rooms. Check in was quick and the hotel staff was friendly and offered suggestions on places to eat. Plenty of restaurants within walking distance.
My room was on the ground floor and was a king, non-smoking room with a sofa. The room was very dated with old style tv, old bed spread and microwave and fridge. Small outdated bathroom with sink in the room. The room was clean and the bed was very comfortable.
Free continental breakfast which was basicially nonexistent. Only saw coffee, orange juice and a couple muffins. Seasonal outdoor pool.
My stay was ok but if I'm ever in the area again, I'll probably stay somewhere more modern.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Aerowing
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SE Ga
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Here for UA graduation, staff friendly, room awful:
1) 3 of 6 lights not working
2) some kind of brown/black "goop" on; back of door, door knobs, phone directory placard
3) dead bug in coffee maker
4) carpet extremely dirty
5) areas around door filthy
6) tub stained/dirty
7) cigarette tar stains on numerous horizontal surfaces
8) furniture clean, but, scuffed,scratched and in need of repair/replace

Hey, I understand this is a "value" hotel, but at least it can be clean! Tempted to eat the loss of a priceline.com deal ($55 nt + tax/ fees) X 2 nights. We will never stay in a Econolodge again.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Stopped here spur of the moment. Nice to find friendly staff and a clean room.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Thank LaraGill
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Lenexa, Kansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

I stayed here for a total of six nights. Never had a problem. I didn't try the breakfast so I can't comment on that. The room was clean enough. Yes, it's definitely a dated hotel and you can tell. I agree that the bathroom could have used a little more attention, but it wasn't anything that I couldn't deal with.

The place can be difficult to find because it is behind some restaurants.

The one thing I found is the rooms have colored sheets (Kings were Pink!). I thought this was a bit refreshing. It was different than your typical white sheets! I did see Blue sheets on the housekeeping cart.

I would stay again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Colleen U
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Panama City, Panama
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19 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

Stayed 1 night, we were just passing through the area, The room was rather clean, but the bathroom could have used a little more bleach (was a little mold around the grab bar in the tub) but over all it was good. we stayed in room 202 (which was right above the office). It has good lighting, the room had fairly new carpet and the bed sheet and all were really soft and the bed comfortable. The only really dated things in the room was the mini fridge and microwave. The worst thing that i could say about the place was the entrance was not well marked ( it sits behind a couple of restaurants and the free breakfast is a joke. (had your choice of Cheerios, generic Raisin Brain, or mini blueberry muffins. I did not even find any milk for the cereal.)

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank hotaunt2
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Hartford
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

This is not a Comfort property you want to bring your family to but if you are roaming alone, this should be your place. Very nice helpful staff in a property that provides basic sleep rooms with a no nonsense breakfast. It is relatively secure area with numerous fast food places within walking distance.

Room Tip: Go for the king rooms. It is worth the extra bucks.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Brian N
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Property: Econo Lodge & Suites
Address: 4501 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405-3849
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Location: United States > Alabama > Tuscaloosa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #29 of 34 Hotels in Tuscaloosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Econo Lodge & Suites 2*
Number of rooms: 50
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