We stayed at the Journey With Inn with another couple for a long weekend on the lake in June 2006. We requested two non-smoking rooms at the time we made our reservation, and were told that all rooms were smoking rooms, but were cleaned thoroughly after each guest checked out.
We arrived a few minutes before the office closed at 10 PM and checked in, with a few problems; one credit card was charged an incorrect amount, and it took quite a few minutes to fix that and pay for our second night. After getting checked in, we checked out our rooms.
The rooms were very small, which we expected. The kitchenette was acceptable, but the fridge was unplugged, and over the course of the weekend, never got cool enough to keep milk at a safe temperature, even turned as high as it would go. There was a lone Twinkie in one of the cabinets that looked like it had been there since the late 1980's. I left it as a gift for the next tenant.
The bathroom was TINY. I can't think of a good adjective that means "a lot smaller than tiny", so I'm not sure if you're getting the picture here. Maybe 4 feet by 5 feet. Stand-up shower that was approximately 2x2. If you dropped the soap, you had to OPEN THE DOOR to bend down to retrieve it.... It was obvious that the tile was very old and not well-maintained, but at least the bathroom was clean.
The bed area barely accommodated the bed, which was surprisingly comfortable, the upright chest of 4 drawers, and the 20" TV and stand. The entire room reeked of stale smoke. When we arrived home, our luggage and clothes smelled of smoke. It was pretty bad.
There was a connecting door between our room and the next; the door on our side *had* a lock, but it didn't actually LOCK. Out of curiousity, I opened the door. On the other side was a corresponding door, with a peephole carved through it at about waist level. Nice. We kept the upholstered armchair pushed against the door all weekend.
The pool that they advertise was not in evidence. Apparently, it had been filled in to make more parking. Which is a good thing, because there were approximately 12 parking spaces for the ENITRE motel. Our second day, we had to move our car because a truck with a large boat on a trailer needed to park, which took up about 5 of the spaces.
To sum up this (rather long) review, I doubt that we will return to the Journey With Inn. The pictures on their website look nice, but don't be fooled. If you can afford it, stay somewhere else. This is one Journey I wish I hadn't taken.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- JOURNEY WITH INN (Extended Stay) Motel conveniently located in Downtown Heber Springs. Movie theater, coffee shop, downtown shopping, townhall and restaurant is in walking distance. We have newly remodeled rooms with 32”flat screen TV with cable in all the rooms. We have kitchenette rooms with full size refrigerator and microwave. Free high speed wireless internet is also available. Security camera on premises. Spring Park is right across from the motel.It has children’s playground, skate park and basketball court. It also has natural Springs and Waking Trail. Greers ferry lake and Red river is under 2 miles. We have competitive daily rates. We also offer Weekly and Monthly rates for your Extended Stay. Pets are welcome for an additional fee. Please call for the rates and Special offer! ... more less
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