I've stayed in some dumpy hotels before ... and I have also stayed in quite a few Howard Johnsons in my time ... however, rarely were the two one and the same.
I have rarely had a bad experience with a Howard Johnson. This one, however, was quite the problem.
We made our reservation in advance. We thought the location was great ... not a far walk from downtown Gatlinburg (especially from the Donut Friar ... that place is AWESOME). We got to the hotel and checked in .... the front desk clerk was polite and nice. We got to out room (a king-size with fireplace and hot tub).
Well ... the toilet didn't work. The room was dingy and smelled weird. Ok ... well notify front desk and see what we can do. The maintenance guy would take a few hours to get there and fix the toilet, so we opted for another room.
Room #2 ... smelled better and didn't look so dingy. Still a king bed with a hot tub but no fireplace. No problem. However, no remote control for the tv. Call front desk and they promptly return to the room with one. I turn on the tv ... and there is a very loud and very annoying buzzing noise coming from it. I could tell that it wasn't from the speaker ... it was actually coming from the internal components. At times I really thought that the tv was going to catch fire or something.
I could have called again to complain ... probably could have gotten another room. By this time I was tired of it and just lived with it for my stay.
Our previous trip to Gatlinburg we stayed at another hotel down the street and had a better experience. I wish we had stayed there, but we had the Wyndham points and wanted to use them. Oh well, you live and you learn.
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