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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens
Ranked #8 of 23 Hotels in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 April 2012

I booked this room far in advance, in person at the hotel, and specifically requested a quiet room on a high floor. When we checked in (early in the afternoon), we were given a room on the first floor, between an outside door and a conference room where a party was going on. When we asked to move, we were told that they couldn't move us because the hotel was booked and we were already checked in - but that it would be ok because the party would be over in a few hours. The party room was indeed empty that night, but the noise from the street was a problem. Otherwise, no problems.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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EdTarasavage, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2012

Thank you for your feedback from your recent visit to our hotel. We apologize that we did not provide you with Excellent service during your visit. We will use your feedback to make improvements to our hotel operations. Thank you for your business and hopefully you will give us an opportunity to earn back your trust in the future.

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Reviewed 9 April 2012

We stayed just one night here. The staff was very helpful and very friendly. The hotel was clean and the morning coffee in the lobby was a great!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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EdTarasavage, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2012

Thank you for your terrific feedback regarding our staff and hotel during your recent visit to our hotel. We work hard each day to provide EXCELLENT service to our guests. Thank you for your business and we look forward to your next visit to our hotel.

Ed Tarasavage
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

The hotel was very clean and furnished well. The rooms were comfortable. Ed Tarasavage, hotel manager, assisted us in finding another hotel in Athens when we needed to extend our stay but the County Inn was booked full. We later returned to the Country Inn--it was like we were returning home. The entire staff was friendly and cheerfully assisted us with our needs. The next time we return to Athens we will certainly stay at the Country Inn & Suites.

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EdTarasavage, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2012

Thank you for your complimentary comments regarding our hotel and staff. We are very pleased that we provided you with EXCELLENT service during your visit. Hopefully you will make our hotel your home away from home when visiting Athens. We wish your family the best and hope they are doing well. Thank you again for your business and we look forward to your next visit to our hotel.

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Reviewed 7 April 2012

Hotel is very clean and well cared for. Staff is quite helpful and available. Rooms are comfortable, large and inviting (a little dark, but manageable). Daily breakfast is good with a pretty wide range of choices. Pool is nice and large enough to enjoy. We have stayed here about 6 times over the past few years (daughter at UGA) and have never had a bad experience. We recommend this hotel highly for family stays. The Club Carlson awards programs can really be worthwhile for guests who visit several times. Redeeming the points earned by previous stays can bring the price down to budget levels, really increasiing the value.

Room Tip: Rooms on the front corner of the building can be subject to traffic noise on busy weekends, if you a...
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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EdTarasavage, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2012

Thank you for your wonderful feedback and your repeat visits to our hotel. We appreciate loyal guests like you and work hard each day to provide EXCELLENT service to you during your visits.

We thank you for your business and look forward to your next visit to our hotel.

Ed Tarasavage
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Reviewed 4 April 2012

This would be the fourth hotel I've stayed in while visiting Athens, so based on those experiences, other reviews and price comparisons, the Country Inn & Suites is the way to go, with one exception. If you need/want to be within walking distance to downtown Athens, this place is too far away for that. It is, however a very quick drive into town and you will get the most bang for your buck at this hotel (even if you have to pay for parking when downtown).

We stayed for four nights, at $79 per night, standard suite with a king size bed. Room 424 (top floor) in corner pocket of rooms that looked out to the highway, but since its set back aways, its quite quiet. The only time we heard anyone was when the neighbors' children noisily ran down the hall to/from their room. Once they were inside, we didn't hear them.

The suite came with a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker (filter not k-cups), pull-out sofa, and coffee table. There was more than enough room for two adults, and it was nice to have the extra space to spread out.

The bed (king) was quite comfortable. I actually liked it more than the bed at several of the big name five star hotels I've recently stayed at. The air conditioning is an under the window unit that blows in air with gusto, with one side of the bed getting the full blast. The thermostat is across the room, so it doesn't register that its actually much cooler by the bed, so be sure to turn it up a little or else you'll end up a lot colder in the middle of the night than you intended.

The bathroom was also a good size. I loved that there was plenty of counter space as well as room on the shelf below to store all my cosmetics, hair implements of destruction, etc. The shower had good pressure, got plenty hot, and had good lighting for shaving. I liked that they provide Pantene products because usually hotel conditioner is sub-par.

My husband reports that the free Wifi was quite fast for a hotel. The only problem he had was that on his side of the bed (close to the window) he had to stay turned toward the room or else he hit the Wifi "boundry" and lost the signal. Everywhere else in the room was good.

The free breakfast was decent for what it was. There was always some sort of eggs, breakfast meat, the usual "bakery" muffins, bagels, danish, cold cereals, yogurt with fruit & granola, oatmeal, juices, coffee, and fresh fruit. I can never understand why people complain about these types of free breakfasts because you can just as easily pay the same price for a room elsewhere and not get anything. Its not like the Waffle House down the road is serving up something better ;)

The staff was always friendly and efficient. Check in/out was a breeze. Housekeeping kept the room fresh and clean. The breakfast area was also very clean.

Would I stay here again: Yes. The price is hard to beat for the level of comfort, cleanliness, and amenities you get (free parking, breakfast, wifi, gym, pool). I took off one star due to location because it is not downtown, and I don't drive.

Room Tip: The rooms all look into a central courtyard on one side. Ask for a corner room for the most quiet.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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EdTarasavage, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2012

Thank you for the positive feedback during your recent visit to our hotel. We work hard each day to provide our guests with EXCELLENT service. We would love to be able to move this great property downtown and we are thrilled that you received a good rate for your stay.

We thank you for your business and look forward to your next visit to our hotel.

Ed Tarasavage
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

The hotel was excellent. The staff was very friendly and customer-oriented. The room was immaculate and large enough for 2 adults/2 children. My children were very impressed and didn't want to leave (we stayed an additional night because of this). The breakfast was wonderful each morning. The location makes it convenient to everything. Country Inn and Suites is the only hotel we will stay at from now on. I told Ed that I hoped all the other Country Inns were as wonderful as this one. The only problem was the computers in the business center would not pull up and print from some websites.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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EdTarasavage, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2012

Thank you for your fantastic feedback regarding your recent visit to our hotel. Our team works hard each day to provide our guests with EXCELLENT service. Thanks for staying the extra night because of the children and we are thrilled that you enjoyed the breakfast each morning. We do have a good location close to everything and we are excited that you will make our hotel your home away from home when in Athens, GA. We apologize for the internet issues in our business center, unfortunately some sites are blocked by our provider.

Thank you for your business and we look forward to your next visit to our hotel.

Sincerely,

Ed Tarasavage
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

Overall this hotel has a great staff and it is very clean. The overall decor is kind of gloomy in that way that decorators seem to like nowadays. The location is good if you want to drive downtown, but if you wanted to do a lot of the local nightlife, you might want to stay downtown.

The breakfast buffet is only fair--bakery quality is not very good, waffles seemed stale even though you make them yourself, yogurt is not available in cups, hot items were OK one day, not so appealing the next.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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EdTarasavage, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2012

Thank you for your feedback from your recent visit with our hotel. We will use your feedback to make improvements for your future visits.

We thank you for your business and look forward to providing you with EXCELLENT service in the future.

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Additional Information about Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens

Address: 236 Old Epps Bridge Rd, Athens, GA 30606-2875
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Region: United States > Georgia > Athens
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Athens
#2 Family Hotel in Athens
#2 Best Value Hotel in Athens
#3 Romantic Hotel in Athens
Price Range: £80 - £246 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens 2.5*
Number of rooms: 81
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With its charming decor and comfortable amenities, the Country Inn & Suites, is conveniently located only 2 miles from downtown Athens and the University of Georgia. We are near many restaurants and area attractions and provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere sure to please business and leisure travelers alike. ... more   less 
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