I usually stay in Hampton Inns and unfortunately that may cause a somewhat unfair review because it will be tough not to compare the two - especially when the price difference in rooms was only a few dollars and that offer came when I decided that I was going to drive another 22 miles to stay at the Hampton in Athens despite the late hour, since the one in Cleveland was booked solid. The original rate for my room was well over what Hampton would've charged. I have to be truthful here - the only non-smoking room left was a two-room suite though it had only one bed. Being a solo traveler, I had absolutely no need for an extra room and really didn't want to have to pay for it. I'm thankful that they were willing to drop the rate but the room was definitely not worth what I paid in spite of the reduced fee (from $130 to 109). I'm sure the entire Jameson Inn was at one time a very nice place to stay. The main room was large and well-appointed with a King-sized bed, chair and ottoman combo, coffee table, desk and tube TV mounted on a chest/entertainment center. The lighting was very good. The WiFi was reasonable though it had a tendency to go in and out. The curtains over the windows did not adequately block the bright lights from the walkway and parking lot. The other room had a sofa (probably a sofa bed but I did not check), a coffee table, bureau, TV, and a mini-fridge. The lighting in there was a huge office-style fluorescent light fixture that buzzed loudly so I closed that room up and didn't venture that way again. The furniture, though nice at one time, was quite worn. I give the inn points for cleanliness but I still did not want to sit in the upholstered chair which looked appalling - I'm sure it was clean but there is not much you can do about stains that have sunk in over the last decade or so. The carpet was either recently cleaned or new which is where the awful wet chemical smell probably emanated from. When the gal at the front desk delightedly told me that I had this large suite at the corner of the hotel, I immediately said "You mean the one on the end where the idling semi is parked?" Apparently, this is a rather normal occurrence as she immediately said that the driver usually came out and shut the truck down around 11pm and drove away in the middle of the night. I wasn't looking forward to the cacophony that would make. The semi was literally parked a stone's throw from my room and went through cycles where it idled much louder for several minutes and then quieted to a lesser rattle for a while. It was still idling at midnight and I decided to take a sleeping pill instead of wait for the front desk to track down the driver and insist he turn off his idling truck which I seriously doubted could be done. I think this is an extreme disservice to other hotel guests who want a good night's sleep. As they had already reduced my rate, I decided not to harp on it and slept well once my sleeping pill took affect. But a hotel guest should not be forced to take something to induce sleep due to chemical smells and idling semis. Being told that breakfast is served from 6am to 10am, I arrived at 6 to find a harried employee trying to get breakfast set up while simultaneously checking out early risers. I saw that in another review this is apparently the norm to have a single employee covering both breakfast and the front desk. Breakfast was actually pretty awful - I was even told by the night clerk who checked me in that the breakfast was all carbs without me even asking. She was apparently hoping that I wouldn't get my expectations up during the night. The juice machine was broken. There was no fruit. There was no cream cheese for the bagels until I asked. There was a dreadful looking gray gravy... Waffles that they advertised as "Belgium" (really???) but no syrup. In retrospect, I wish I had driven the extra 22 miles and stayed at the Hampton in Athens which would've given me a clean room and a delicious breakfast for only $5 more and no idling semi on the side. When I arrived at my destination the next night, I looked up the Jameson Inn in Cleveland and noted that this so-called two room suite doesn't even show up on the room listings. I also noted that I really didn't get a reduced rate at all since I paid exactly what the higest rate is for a Premium King Room. Then I looked up the Hampton Inn in Cleveland and they charge exactly the same rate for a room. My conclusion - book early and stay at the Hampton!!!
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