We stayed here for one night this past weekend, just so we'd be down in Branson for our kids' swim meet on Saturday morning. An "okay" property, and you can tell at one time in its' prime it was a nice hotel... but it is showing its age.
first thing -- should have known something might have been a little off when there was no A/C in the front lobby when we checked in -- and not much A/C in the hallways as we came in the building. Dont know if they were conserving energy, or if this is how it is.
Kinda smelled musty as we came in the door to the elevator. Hot elevator, no A/C.
Came into our room (has a key, no "key card" by the way)... and it too was musty/damp smelling, not fresh. Sheets were clean, but towels were musty. Had a fridge in the room, but it wasnt on, so we couldnt keep our food we brought cold in it until it got colder -- which was several hours later, so we just kept our food in the ice cooler we brought with us. Nice flat screen TV in the room. Decor was okay, a little dated. A/C unit kept the room cool, but no auto option, so it grinded all night.
Walls and floors are thin, so we heard the elephants above us stomping around until midnight, and neighbors next door -- their shower going late, was like it was in our room, not to mention the vent in the bathroom too. I always travel with earplugs, so if you're a light sleeper, you'll need that for the noise around you.
Cleanliness -- I really didnt see an issue, but the musty smell was something that turned me off. I found a couple of black hairs at the sink when I went to use it, but threw them in the trash. Toilet was clean, shower was clean. Very SMALL bathroom, but do-able for one night.
Only 2 pillows per bed, so if you want additional, bring your own. We checked in at 9:30 p.m., and the front lobby closes at 11pm., so if you need something beyond that, you're out of luck. 2 blankets were in the dresser for covering up if needed.
Next morning, we had wanted a great breakfast as the other reviews said there cinnamon rolls, and biscuits and gravy, and waffles............well........ yes there were these things, but the gravy was in little containers you had to heat up. The biscuits were not fresh and fluffy. The cinnamon rolls were up on a tray (plastic box, with doors) like where you'd see bagels/donuts, and were not fresh and warm. Yes there was some cereal and milk. Hard boiled eggs were in the fridge with the gravy in cups. Some fruit juice. And I did not like the coffee at all. Wow, I actually poured it out. Waffles were not freshly made, probably from a box. My kids tried to eat them, and opted not. We wrapped up, and left and went to the nearby grocery store for coffee and breakfast items to eat at the swim meet.
All in all, in a pinch we'd probably stay again for maybe ONE night, because it was a reasonable rate and better than another hotel we stayed at recently at the same price point -- but Savannah House is much better in the same area on the Red Route, and has nicer decor and actual hot, freshly made breakfast options.
We did not check out the pool, so we cannot review that. Hope this was helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The charming just renovated,100% non-smoking hotel offers interior corridors,guest laundry,elevator,handicap access,business center, outside pool and hot tub. The luxury rooms have 32”flat screen TV with premium cable channels, coffee maker, fridge,free WI-FI, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Every morning we serve a complimentary breakfast with famous homemade cinnamon rolls, biscuits-gravy, french toast, waffles, bagels, hot and cold cereals, fruit, boiled eggs, juices, coffee, milk and many more. Nestled into rolling hills the Scenic Hills Inn is tucked away from noise and traffic of 76 Highway but still has easy access to all that Branson offers. Scenic Hills Inn is conveniently located on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway between Shoji Tabuchi Theater and Sight & Sound Theater only 7 miles north from Branson Airport (BKG), 45 miles south from Springfield International Airport (SGF) and just 4 miles west from Silver Dollar City. ... more less
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