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“Friendly and Helpful Staff but not Ready for 100% Occupancy”

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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Norman
Ranked #17 of 24 Hotels in Norman
Dodgeville
Level 6 Contributor
255 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Friendly and Helpful Staff but not Ready for 100% Occupancy”
Reviewed April 4, 2014

The Country Inn and Suites would probably get a "Very Good" rating had I stayed there when the hotel was not fully booked. With all the rooms taken, the facilities were inadequate for the numbers. Neither the pool, whirlpool, nor breakfast areas could accommodate all the people.
The hotel ran out of towels, and the service personnel were straining to meet all of the customers' demands. Yet, the staff did do its best. It kept baking fresh cookies, and sending personnel to rooms to supply missing items. I would recommend staying here except on very popular weekends when bookings would be very high.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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Thank Paul4ejjr
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normancis, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Norman, responded to this review, May 16, 2014
Dear Paul4ejir,

Thank you for taking the time to submit a response on Trip advisor! The staff here at Country Inn and Suites love to hear about how good of a job we are doing even during our busy times. We try our best to accomodate each and every guest. We are glad you like our freshly baked cookies. Please let us know the next time you are in town! Thank you.

Tekay Katra G.M.
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

We stayed there due to a family illness. Regrettably, we were not there for enjoyment. Our goal was to sleep and have breakfast and hurry over to see a very ill family member and spend most of the day there.

The hotel was on the south end of Norman and a walking distance near restaurants. We walked to Johnny Carino's, Interurban restaurant, and Jason's Deli. All were very good.

The hotel was clean and the staff very helpful.

I would recommend Country Inns and I have stayed at numerous locations. The room prices were a bit cheaper (20% cheaper) than the best rate on comparable hotels like a Hampton, or a Drury, or a Holiday Inn Express.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Thank GPhred2
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normancis, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Norman, responded to this review, March 27, 2014
Thank you Gphred2 for taking time out of your busy schedule to write this review! We are happy and pleased to know that your accomodations were comfortable during your time of need. The staff really appreciates the good news and it helps them to be motivated and do better each time. Next time your in town please give us a call, we can't wait to see you!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

All traveler beware - this hotel does not honor confirmed guest request. I requested for late checkout @3pm in writing via Carlson online booking. Upon checkin I asked the front desk if there's any issue with my late checkout request and they confirmed there is no issue with my booking request. The morning of the checkout I went up to the counter to confirm again about the late checkout, to my surprise the hotel staff told me the latest I can checkout is 1pm and they will not honor my request. They went on rambling about this is the company policy and they cannot do anything about it. This really put me in a tough situation as I have to make a sudden change to my itinerary and other reservations of my family vacation trip!

All traveler beware: this dishonest hotelier - they do not honor the guest request.

Stayed March 2014
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1 Thank Club2013
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CarlsonRezidor, Carlson at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Norman, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We apologize for the dissatisfaction of your stay. We take the time to listen to your constructive comments so we can continually improve our services. We hope for another opportunity to exceed your expectations
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DFW, TX
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121 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2014

Came up to visit my daughter at OU. She wasn't feeling well, so I wanted to get her out of the dorm and pamper her. The staff was very helpful in getting us a room before check-in time. Unfortunately room 324 was directly across the hall from the elevator. This was a very loud location. We were moved, without any problem, other than attitude and complaints from the front desk and housekeeping (shift had changed). We were moved to the end of the hall. This should have been better, but it sounded like there was a frat party next door. Rooms are clean, bed are comfy, everything is fine, except the noise level.

Room Tip: 324 is directly across from the elevators. Don't take that one, if you need quiet.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Thank BethKDfw_Tx
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normancis, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Norman, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Thank you BethKDfw_tx for your review. We are glad to hear that any issues you had were taken care of promptly and we apologize for any inconvenience you may have inccured.
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2014

Stayed in October 2013 on our way to Austin Tx, Nice pricing and very clean place. Plenty of resturants around the hotel. Pet friendly and the staff is really good. Easy on and easy off freeway. Clean rooms good internet connection. Will staying again. Quiet place to say. You will enjoy.

Room Tip: Good restaurants, can't go wrong with any of the choices
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank William B
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normancis, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Norman, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Thank you William B. for taking the time to write this review. We certainly appreciate the positive feedback! Our location and surrounding attractions are a great compliment to our facilty hear at The Country Inn and Suites. We can't wait to see you next time you stay with us.
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Blacksburg, SC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2014

I will begin by informing you our trip took place in October 2013. The reason I am finally writing this review is I became ill after leaving this hotel and we are planning another trip to OK. We reserved 2 rooms. The room we were to receive was not the one described on our reservation. The room we ended up with had a terrible odor. There was mold on the air vent. The bedspread was filthy but it was changed out with what appeared to be a freshly laundered spread. The carpet was so dirty we wore socks which were black after a few minutes. The fridge was missing. The manager finally found one after he informed my husband what a problem it would be to obtain one from another room. The room configuration made the living space extremely dark. We were informed there were no other rooms available. My m-i-l's room wasn't much of an improvement. The breakfast was very sparse and what was available left much to be desired. On our second morning the cook was also the cleaning person who wasn't familiar with job description of "cook". The shingles on the roof were being replaced. I picked up several nails in the parking lot around the space we occupied. As I explained before after we left OK I became very ill with some type of respiratory infection which I attributed to the filth and mold. I chose this property because of the reputation of the chain. The staff were as helpful as they could be under the circumstances. We could not move to another site due to restrictions on our reservation. WE WILL NEVER STAY AT THIS LOCATION AGAIN.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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normancis, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Norman, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
MamakimX3, your review was really heartfelt! Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your stay here with us. I am truly sorry to see that you experienced such an inconvience. Our pride and motivation here at the Country Inn and suites is to make sure all our guests feel safe, comfortable, and are taken care of. I would like to inform you that our roof has been fixed, our staff is now trained in all areas, and our breakfast is more than plentifull with great tasting choices. I would also like to add, that each of our rooms have been thouroghly deep cleaned and are maintained that way for everyones safety. I would like to invite you to give us a second chance to show you not only the difference with your previous stay, but so we can make a lasting impression on you. Thank you.
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Southaven, MS
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103 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2014

We stayed at this property February 16-17, 2014. We were in town to visit the University. When we arrived there was one girl working the front desk that was on the phone, answering and putting on hold other calls, and waiting on me at the same time. She was completely overwhelmed! As I stood waiting, way after check in time, there was a very strange food smell in the lobby and it was very hot. I waited for about 10 minutes and she was finally able to help me. She said they had 60 check outs that day and so rooms would not be ready for quite some time. I don't understand how there can be one front desk clerk, it is after 3 in the afternoon and rooms are not yet ready? You bring in staff as they are needed! She had to run up the stairs and go thru rooms to find us one that was ready. I felt so bad for her because she was clearly stretched too thin! Rooms are fine - nothing special and seemed clean. Cleaning of other rooms was happening until late at night which was annoying. We asked for late check out which was 1 p.m. When we found out our appointments were running late at OU, we tried calling for over a half hour to let the hotel know we would be there by 1:15 at the very latest. Someone would pick up the phone and hang up - over and over and over....Very frustrating to say the least. When we got back to check out, there was a young man working who was so nice, but he was all by himself running around the hotel like the girl the day before.
This hotel is in terrible need of hiring some staff! It is not the fault of the people working there that they are spread SO thin! They were doing what they were able to do. There are plenty of other hotels in Norman. Don't stay here unless you want to be frustrated!!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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normancis, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Norman, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
CDMAS93, I would like to first say, I appreciate and thank you for taking time out of your busy day to write this review. We are most certainly concerned with treating our guests with utmost importance. We strive to keep our facility clean, comfortable, and friendly all the while by making sure our staff is coordinated. We have hired more staff, so the care and concern for guests is taken care of fully. Thank you again for the review and I hope you will give us another chance whenever you come this way.
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Property: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Norman
Address: 960 Ed Noble Dr, Norman, OK 73072-4807
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Location: United States > Oklahoma > Norman
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #17 of 24 Hotels in Norman
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Norman 2.5*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With our convenient location and the thoughtful service offered at the Country Inn & Suites Norman and nearby shopping/neighboring restaurants, you'll wonder why traveling isn't always this easy. Close to Oklahoma University and Oklahoma City, this hotel features two room Suites, large one room studios, and spacious standard rooms with either king size or queen size beds. Features include a free hot breakfast daily, reliable free wi-fi internet access throughout, a year round indoor swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center and a private meeting room. Rooms feature 32" flat screen televisions with premium cable programming (including HBO), refrigerator, microwave and coffee station (with coffee maker, coffee, coffee cups, condiment kit with napkin, stir stick, creamer and sugar and alternative sweetener). Amenities include iron & ironing board,hair dryer, individually controlled heater/air-conditioner. personal grooming items and forgot something? items for travelers. Fresh baked cookies and coffee in the lobby throughout the day. ... more   less 
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