It was late; we had been driving all day and lost track of the time with no plans for accommodations for the night. We had tried every hotel in town and there wasn't a room to be found anywhere! After calling the main reservation number for this place (we had a heck of a time finding it as the GPS sent us to some mobile home park up in the hills), we drove in and asked if they had anything. The manager on duty was very helpful and apologetic, but the only room they had left was a smoking room and was experiencing a problem with its door lock such that no key cards could be programmed for it. Well, that's way safer than a Wal-Mart parking lot (which was our only alternative at that point), so I was happy to take it. He showed me the room before doing any paperwork, just to be sure that we'd be satisfied before checking in. We were; I expected a stinky room (I hate smoking rooms) but I would never have known it was a "smoking" room. He also suggested (since we were tired) a local pizza delivery and gave me the menu so we could just park ourselves in the room for the night (it was fast and tasty). Given our circumstances (desperate for a room, tired, etc.), I would have expected to get gouged on the price but we got the a rate either at or close to what you see here on Tripadvisor, AND he also asked if we were AAA members so that he could extend that discount. This motel/motor lodge is not new and it harks back to a time when rooms were smaller and you walked up diamond-plate metal steps and across outside corridors to get to the rooms. I have no problem with that style of accommodation, as long as it is clean and well maintained---and this was. The rooms were recently renovated and very attractive, offering an excellent use of the smaller space. Breakfast was OK (again, clean and maintained---all I can really ask for from free breakfast buffets!). The morning staff was also very friendly and helpful. If we're ever in Covington again we would certainly be happy to stay at this place again---even if there were other rooms available in other hotels in town!
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