We traveled up I-75 to attend a wedding in Ohio and once again stayed at the wonderful Hampton Inn in Caryville. This place simply can't be beat if you want a charming place to stay that has both character and history.
About the only thing that can be said in the negative is that this place is so popular for overnight travelers that some rooms could be considered a little tired. But they are kept clean and the atmosphere more than makes up for the fact that it's not a 5-star getaway. It starts when you pull off the highway and turn up their drive. Keep an eye out for the llamas walking around the steep hills around the hotel. (Or are they alpacas?) There are antique cars out in front of the lobby, as well as some interesting metal statues. Inside this family-owned and operated hotel, you'll find a friendly staff ready to help you. They just couldn't be more accomodating! Pay attention on your way to your room, because the walls are lined with family photos and memorabilia that are fascinating. You can even see the jacket that their ancestor was wearing when he was shot by revenuers!
Our room was perfectly fine and comfortable, and my entire family had a nice sleep.
In the morning, if you don't get up for the complimentary breakfast in the lobby, you're missing out on one of the best parts of the stay! They have a wonderful assortment of food both warm and cold, fruit, pastries, juices, etc. But best of all is that the guests are tended to by the patriarch of the family, who simply enjoys mingling and talking with the guests. You'll learn a lot about the family and the hotel, and you'll find yourself telling him all about where you're from and what brought you to their hotel.
As I said, this place is charming and full of character. My family enjoyed all there was to see here, and I felt very safe and secure stopping here. Probably safer than nearly anywhere I've ever stayed. If you're traveling late in the evening, call ahead to make sure you get a room because this place can fill up quick once evening falls. But better still, just make it a point to stop here and make a reservation in advance.
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- Also Known As:
- Hampton Inn Caryville - i-75 / Cove Lake State Park Hotel Caryville
- Caryville Hampton Inn