Tennessee Journals

Overnighting in East Tennessee

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A travel journal to Tennessee by BawBaw

Econo Lodge Photo, Lenoir City, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: Himself and Yours Truly often spend the night somewhere in East Tennessee when we take to the road to visit friends and family living 'out west.' This journel offers a sampling of advice on roadside hotels we have known and sometimes loved.

Comfort Suites Cookeville

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Hotel | "Possibly the Best of Class"

Comfort Suites Cookeville Photo, Cookeville, Tennessee
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Of all the Comfort hotels visited by HImself and Yours Truly during our cross-country treks to visit family and friends, this is probably the best. Located in Cookeville, Tennessee and perched on a ridge, it is easy to find--though the view is primarily of other businesses servicing traffic on Interstate 40. We've stayed here four or five times during our travels, the most recent being in May of this year.In its latest incarnation, Comfort Suites in Cookeville comes the closest to offering a real suite to its guests--at least in our experience. The bedroom is divided from the sitting area by a partial partition of the larger room, and the sitting room is large enough to accommodate a sofa,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2010

Comfort Suites Cookeville
1035 Interstate Drive
Cookeville, Tennessee 38501
931-372-1881

Hampton Inn Knoxville-West At Cedar Bluff

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Hotel | "Maximum Need, Reliable Comfort"

Quote:
Himself and Yours truly stayed at the Hampton Inn in West Knoxville during one of our cross-country trips to visit family members who live elsewhere in this large, road-bound country. This time it was winter and we were traveling with our daughter and her family. Altogether, seven of us (including three children) were traveling in two vehicles. We were on our way back home. We were tired and cranky. And we needed a clean, comfortable, reliable lodging for the night. We would need two rooms, and we wanted them close together.A conversation with the Hampton Inn call center settled the matter in short order. They sent us to their hotel off Interstate 40 just a few miles west of Knoxville, Ten...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2010

Hampton Inn Knoxville-West At Cedar Bluff
9128 Executive Park Blvd
Knoxville, Tennessee 37923
865 693-1101

Econo Lodge

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Hotel | "High-Quality Economy at the Lenoir City Econo Lodge"

Econo Lodge Photo, Lenoir City, Tennessee
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Himself and Yours Truly have high expectations of an economy hotel. We want inexpensive, but we also want clean, comfortable—and attractive is nice too. One economy hotel where we found all this is the Econo Lodge in Lenoir City, Tennessee.Through the first half of this year, we made several long-haul trips through Tennessee in order to care for my mother, whose home is a thousand miles away from our own. On these trips, our stopover point is generally somewhere in East Tennessee. During May, our forward progress for the day found us near Lenoir City, where we decided to spend for the night. We made our late-minute booking through the Choice Hotels call center, which allowed us to ask spec...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2010

Econo Lodge
1211 Us 321 North
Lenoir City 37771
(865)986-0295

Comfort Inn On River Gatlinburg

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Hotel | "Beware of Grunge Lurking in Corners"

Comfort Inn On River Gatlinburg Photo, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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Himself and Yours Truly recently spent the night in a Comfort Inn located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We were headed for a day’s outing along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and we planned to make our way there by cutting through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in order to catch the parkway at its southern end. We chose a Comfort Inn because they generally provide the courtesy, comfort, and cleanliness our aging bodies crave. We find that Comfort Inn generally means affordable quality, and I admit to allowing past experience and expectations to make me lazy. Clearly, I didn’t ask enough questions when I called for reservations.Comfort Inn on the River has a great location—close to downtown G...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 12, 2010

Comfort Inn On River Gatlinburg
293 PARKWAY
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
865-436-5047

Quality Inn & Suites

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Hotel | "Solid Quality and Comfort Along I-26"

Quality Inn & Suites Photo, Johnson City, Tennessee
Quote:
Given the geography of the United States, long-distance travel is often undertaken in the form of road trips lasting several hours—or even several days. As a result, our interstate highways are lined with a profusion of motels, hotels, and inns offering overnight accommodation to travelers who are simply in transit. It’s fair to say that many of these establishments look alike. They are mostly modern, have tall pole-mounted signs that can be spotted from the roadway, are relatively simple in their design and decoration, and offer basic relaxation to road weary travelers in the form of swimming pools, fitness rooms, and cable television. During a recent road trip to help care for my mother ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2010

Quality Inn & Suites
207 East Mountcastle
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601
(423)282-3335

Comfort Suites

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Hotel | "Reliable Comfort on a Budget"

Comfort Suites Photo, Kodak, Tennessee
Quote:
During our years of making cross-country trips to visit family members who live 'out west', the Comfort Suites at Kodak, Tennessee has been the one roadside hotel where we have stayed most often. It's location is positioned nicely for the end of a day's travel from our home, and the nearby Smoky Mountains often provide us with an excuse for breaking travel for a day of pleasure.Comfort Suites is a division of Choice Hotels--offering neither its most expensive nor its cheapest lodging options. For us, it has come to represent a good compromise between comfortable accommodations and budgetwise travel.We keep coming back to Comfort Suites in Kodak because we generally like its ame...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2010

Comfort Suites
161 West Dumplin Valley Road
Kodak 37764
(865) 933-3131