My review comes after many years of staying with this hotel. New owners and management has definitely been a huge factor in the way things are done at this establishment. My wife and I have stayed at this hotel since 2008. I have stayed there prior to the new ownership since the hotel opened for business as well as pleasure. We arrived at the hotel for the 4th of July weekend. We stayed four nights and to be honest, could not wait for our stay to end. The front desk reception was definitely different. The overall attitude was not the usual southern hospitality we are accustomed to at the James. We arrived on July 3rd and the front desk was not overly busy as well as the reception we received was extremely unfriendly. In previous years, when arriving at the James, you were greeted with open arms and felt as if you actually meant something to the staff there. Mind you, I have been a so called VIP with this hotel for quite some time. This VIP status now, means absolutely nothing!! The hospitality was non-existent and attitudes have definitely changed with the staff. You can tell that the employees are highly dis-satisfied with the place in which they work! It was as if the staff were walking on eggshells and angry constantly. In years past, I would be charged for my stay upon checking out of the hotel. I have always requested on of the king, Jacuzzi, fireplace suites on the strip side of the hotel, as it is my favorite. I have no problem paying a little extra for the amenities. Upon checking in, I presented my VIP card to the girl at the counter. She did not introduce herself (She had long, dark hair, and younger) and was texting on her personal phone at the time. We were charged in full for the entire stay in advance. I was not given back my VIP card by her and figured that I would be receiving a new one upon checkout. This absolutely was not the case! The VIP discount for staying at the James is 15% off your stay. I was never offered a new card upon check in or check out. We had some questions regarding the 4th of July fireworks and other things. These questions were never acknowledged or answered for that matter. We also confirmed another reservation for friends that we recommended to stay at this hotel as well. We were told by this person that everything was as stated to us in a phone call placed to the hotel two days prior to us arriving. Once again, she was more focused on texting on her phone than our questions. We found out the next day that everything regarding our friends stay was not as we confirmed as well. They were supposedly booked in a room right next to us on the 7th floor strip side suite just like ours. Upon their checking in, they were placed on the 6th floor back side of the hotel which was not was confirmed by them or us. They stated to the same girl that checked us in and were told " Well there is nothing that can be done about that now, as the hotel is completely booked". Once again, lack of caring for the customers. Especially brand new ones! Mind you, they have already stated to us that they will not be returning to this hotel (After only their first visit). Back to our checking in: After we finished and received our room keys, we were gathering our luggage. A woman was checking in and we overheard the girl at the desk saying she would give her some form of Holiday discount. She called it a 109 or something to that effect and it was 15%. How am I suppose to feel after my staying at this hotel for several years, when someone walking in off the streets gets the same discount that I supposedly received for being a VIP. Upon finally getting to our room, the list of issues just gets bigger. The were no batteries in the television remote, we had to defrost our fridge over several hours, the room smelled as if it had been smoked in, found out later that the water jets in the Jacuzzi were not working and the floors had not been cleaned. We immediately reported this to the desk and NOTHING was done about any of these issues. As I stated previously, we had to defrost the fridge ourselves, we used the handy vac from our car to sweep up what we could on the floor, we received batteries from the front desk after going down to retrieve them ourselves, and were told that there was nothing that could be done about the Jacuzzi as the hotel was full and supposedly they had not received another complaint from other patrons staying in that room. Once again, nobody even came up to check the water jets to see if anything could be done at all. The POOR customer service just continues as our stay progressed. We decided to go down and use the Jacuzzi and pool since ours was not working. We then found out that the main hotel Jacuzzi was broken as well and would not be repaired until after our stay was over on Monday. We were then told that we only had a half an hour left to use the pool that night as the pool closed at midnight. We asked if we could stay in longer and was told Absolutely Not! So our Jacuzzi in the room does not work, The main Jacuzzi is broken and will not be fixed until Monday, and we can't even get a little extra pool time for the inconvenience!? Once again, LACK OF CARING FOR THE CUSTOMERS!! So July 4th comes, We go down to try and use the pool, there has always been rules regarding children being supervised by parents. There were multiple children aged 11 and under with no parents supervising them at all. We know some of the ages because we asked them and also asked where their parents were. They responded, " our mommie and daddy went to have alone time". We reported this to the front desk and as previously, nothing was done at all. The children were excessively rowdy, cannon balling and diving into the pool, and made it impossible for any of the adults coming to use the pool to use it. Five couples came down to try and use the pool while we were there on that first day alone. We tried the second day at the hotel and finally just gave up after multiple reports to the front desk. 4th of July evening comes and we went to the front desk again to ask about the fireworks display that evening. Our room was on the front side of the hotel and wanted to know if we could watch the fireworks from there. The girl that checked us in told us that we could not see them from our room and was insistent that we must go down to Patriot Park to see them. After staying with this hotel as many years as I had, this did not seem to be accurate to me, but we all took her advice and drove down there. Well come to find out, as I suspected we could have seen the fireworks from our balcony as they were set off down and across the street form the hotel. When we returned to the hotel, the man that was working the front desk asked " How the fireworks were" We told him they were pretty good after we backtracked to find a parking space on the strip, so that we could see them. Mind you, the same girl from earlier that insisted we go to Patriot Park says "Man, I wanted to see the finale from out front" Once again, not paying attention to the customers concerns or needs! Talk about adding salt to the wounds already! Overall,this was one of the worst experiences that we have ever had at a hotel. My wife and I have traveled extensively, so to arrive at making this statement regarding our stay, the lack of caring, customer service, and conditions at the hotel were extremely bad to say the least. Upon checking out we spoke with a lady named Kim at the front desk. We explained all of our concerns to her and she did not seem to be surprised with what we had to say. One other thing to add regarding the cleanliness of the room and hotel as a whole, After reporting to the desk multiple times,we bumped into a lady that was from what we were told, filling in for housekeeping as they had two housekeepers walkout. She said they were fed up with the way that they were being treated and had had all they could take. If the staff at the hotel overall is that disgruntled about the working conditions, pay, and treatment, this is an extremely serious problem when it is passed on to the way that the hotels' customers are treated. After explaining everything to Kim, she told us to call the hotel on a Wed and speak to the Operations Manager, Stephanie Holt. I did as I was instructed, and went over all of our concerns with her as we did with everyone else at the hotel. She stated at the end, she would look into all of our concerns and get right back with us regarding a resolution. I place the call to her on Wed the 10th of July and it is now the 22nd and have heard nothing from her at all. At this point, I really do not expect to hear from her, given the circumstances of how badly we were treated our entire stay and even referred in new clients that absolutely will not be returning to the hotel after the way they were treated as well. The sad thing also, I Had written a letter to Jai Hannah the owner as well, and have not heard anything form him what so ever. In conclusion the James Manor has lost our respect and business after the way we were treated! For prospective new customers of the James Manor, do yourselves a huge favor, look into the many other hotels and cabins in the area. You will find comparable places to stay for the same or less money and not have to worry about addressing so many relevant/disturbing issues. In several cases there are even nicer places with more amenities for the same or less money and definitely the southern hospitality that is a tradition in Tennessee. These issues may not seem to relevant or important to many, but after so many years of staying at this hotel which use to be an excellent place to stay, it is obvious that the new ownership and management do not truly care about the patrons it has. After so many years for me, a certain level of caring and excellence is expected. This has definitely been lost for myself as well as my wife. Truthfully, this should not even be a factor for the most part as a standard of excellence is expected by all customers across the board. This is a sad day for the James manor!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a 7 storey, 105 rooms hotel located in the heart of the action packed Pigeon Forge (at the foothills of the Smoky Mountain National Park) and within walking distance to moderately priced restaurants and other attractions in the area. The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel sits at the center of The Island in Pigeon Forge, a new shopping, dining and entertainment destination in the heart of the city. Rise 200 feet above the city for the best view of the mountains in one of the climate-controlled, enclosed gondolas on The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel! Don’t forget to stick around after dark and catch the wheel as it lights up for a spectacular LED light show! The Island is located right behind our hotel. Also, the new LeCont Convention Center in Pigeon Forge is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013 and is within a walking distance from our hotel.We are very close to the entrance of the Dollywood Amusement Park and Dixie Stampede. We offer complimentary continental breakfast, high speed wireless internet, exercise room, game room, conference room, indoor heated pool, hot tub and a seasonal outdoor pool with a kiddie pool. Our hotel is 100% non-smoking and is not pet friendly. Large and well-lit parking is available at no extra charge. Our clean and comfortable guest rooms (with 2 queen size beds or a single king size bed) are spacious with private balconies and offer wireless internet and free local calls in addition to refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Our rooms on the front side of the hotel offer great view of the smoky mountains. The city’s trolley stop is conveniently located in front of our hotel. We are also close to many shopping outlet malls. Both Gatlinburg and Sevierville are within short driving distances. We are approximately 10 miles from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.Come, stay with us and enjoy our Southern Hospitality! Our friendly staff will be happy to help make your stay enjoyable and memorable. ... more less
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