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Pioneer Motel and Cottages
Ranked #19 of 28 Hotels in Cherokee
Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
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“Great Stay in Cherokee, NC”
Reviewed July 6, 2012

Beautiful quiet area in Cherokee along the river. Stayed in a cabin with lovely views of the mountains. Easy get away from Charlotte and very affordable.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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1 Thank rlangley2
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Laurel C, Owner at Pioneer Motel and Cottages, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Dear Valued Customer, Thank you for your review. So happy thatyou enjoyed your cabin and your stay with us. Look forward to seeing you again. Laurel Cooper
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Shelby, North Carolina
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

We booked a motel in Cherokee NC (online) a few months ago so my wife and I could visit (she shopped and I trout fished) Cherokee. I noticed the Pioneer Motel across the the street and stopped to see what they had to offer. Needless to say on our last visit last weekend we stayed at the Pioneer. It was very clean and quiet. Its not fancy but it is reasonable and the staff is friendly. The motel offered a very convient place to stay and had a streambehind it for a "quick fix" for last minute fishing while between my normal fishing trips to spots on the reservation. When I go back to Cherokee I will stay at the Pioneer. Quick note: Besides the motel rooms they do offer about 4 cabins that are located closer to the stream that sleep 4 of more.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Laurel C, Owner at Pioneer Motel and Cottages, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Dear Valued Guest, We are so happy that you stayed with us and took the time to review us.We are glad that you enjoyed the beautiful Ocoaluftee River. Thank for your observations and we agree 100%. We are not aspiring for fancy. We want to be clean, comfortable, relaxing, and a good value. Come see us again. Laurel Cooper
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DeLand, Florida
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

The desk clerk was very friendly and helpful. We stayed for 3 days. The room was clean and comfortable for 2 adults. We always enjoy Cherokee and are always looking for a bargain. We feel that we found that bargain at the Pioneer Motel and Cottages. The next time we go to Cherokee we plan to get information on the cottages. Thank you for a lovely stay.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Laurel C, Owner at Pioneer Motel and Cottages, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Dear Satisfied Customer, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us.We look forward to seeing you again perhaps in a cabin next time. Laurel Cooper
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Sevierville, Tennessee
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Reviewed August 5, 2011

We were booked at another hotel the PAGAENT MOTEL in Cheerokee NC and upon entering were scared of a drive by shooting or possible armed robbery so we decided to look for another room and saw this place its far enough out of town to feel like a get away BUT close enough to be at a resturant in 5 minutes so I love the locale of it...We came for the TROUT fishhing for kids so all the other places were booked and i didnt have alot of cash and asked the front desk if theyd matvh the price on the other nasty motel and they graciously did and we cant be happier with our room...LOOK first off I like it casue its a mom and pop place and not a huge cash grab corparation...NO.2 please understand its NOT the RITZ CARLTON but its a dang nice lil place and for the money you cant beat it our room is EXREMELY CLEAN and the staff was great...I WILL COME BACK MANY TIMES

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Pooler, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2011

We stayed at the Pioneer Motel and Cabins on a recent trip to Cherokee with the family. Reserved the 2 bedroom cabin sight unseen--a very pleasant surprise when we arrived. Cabin was clean, very nicely furnished, big covered porch, fireplace, and best of all right on the river. We had a very enjoyable 2 days and will definitely return again. We loved it. Very convenient to everything in Cherokee.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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6 Thank shelley401
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Reviewed September 17, 2010

Where do I start? This room is first and foremost ugly. If that were the only problem I wouldn't have a problem. I will start by saying I am a law enforcement officer. This room smelled strongly of Newport cigarettes and mold. There was enough "residue" to indicate to me that there had been drugs used in the room. There were a lot of bugs crawling around in the room. There was a sign in the bathroom stating that if there isn't any hot water "to leave the water running a few minutes" in order to get hot water. I opened the dresser drawer just in case the previous"customer" didn't leave his stash or weapon (sort of joking). Instead I found opened boxes of Lemon cake from a grocery store, boxes of crackers and no lie,.....a can of "fish steaks",....whatever the heck that is! The tub was stained and dirty and there was a 1/4 roll of toilet paper sitting on top of the toilet (way to splurge to the owners). This place was generally scary. I have stayed in everything from a tent to the Ritz Carlton. I NEVER thought I would rather stay in the tent. The ONLY 2 things I could say positive is 1: the tv had cable and 2: we didn't get robbed.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank bosconi99
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Southeast US
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed July 14, 2007

I reserved a room at this motel but I will never go back. This is a small motel and the owner lives in a home on the property. The air conditioner was a wall unit and both of the control knobs were broken
so we had no control over the temperature in our room. The faucets were put in backwards so that the hot water was on the right and the cold on the left plus they were having a problem with the time it took for the hot water to reach the room. One of the towel racks was broken and when we arrived, there was no toilet tissue. The keys to our room were left in an envelope taped to the office door because we
were arriving late and the only way to contact an office staff person
was to dial a phone that was right outside the door. The office staff
often left during the day too, so you never knew if a staff person would be available to assist you.

The worst part of the trip was when the owner came out on the deck of her house and screamed at us. When I called to make our reservation the office staff told us one thing and then when we arrived the situation we encountered was just the opposite and caused
the owner to be rude and overly irrate. This situation did not have to be handled in the way the owner chose to handle it. If this person
had been nice and polite there would not have been a problem but the owner was very confrontational.

My husband observed a family swimming in the pool one night and they were having fun but not being loud or doing anything wrong. Without any notice or prior warning the lights were suddenly turned off in the pool area and in the pool itself. This was rude and could have been dangerous with small children actually in the water. There were no signs posted as to the pool hours so this situation was obviously controlled by the management to make these people leave the pool. This was a very unpleasant experience and to think that we paid plenty of money to be treated like this and to have all the negatives we encountered. There are lots of nice hotels in this town so do yourself a favor and don't stay at this one!

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  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Pioneer Motel and Cottages
Address: P.O. Box 397, Cherokee, NC 28719-0397
Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Mountains > Cherokee
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 28 Hotels in Cherokee
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are one of the most unique and quaint lodging options located on the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian Reseveration. We offer a variety of ecomonical lodging options for you and your family. We have 21 motel rooms and 7 cottages to accomidate you. We are family owned and operated and take pride in our facility. We welcome you to our property to relax and enjoy your vacation. Our property offers access to the Oconoluftee River for fishing or just playing around. Our property also includes a covered pavillion area, perfect for cookouts or family reunions. We also offer a recreactional area, including an outdoor basketball court for both adults and children to enjoy. Our outdoor pool area has recently been remodeled and offers an inviting atmosphere to simply enjoy the Cherokee sunshine. ... more   less 

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