There are not a lot of choices in the Mammoth Spring, AR/Thayer, MO area, but this one is the best and it is pretty nice. This has gone through a couple of transitions and was a Super 8 at one time, but now it is an independent with a nice air about it.
First I would warn you that the BNSF Railroad has a lot of workers here and the hotel is contracted to house the non-locals, so it can be full of them. So you had better call and make a reservation to ensure you a room. We were a "walk in" and the parking lot was empty, but they only had one room left and I'm certain it was due to BNSF folks staying there.
There are only a couple of things that make me like a lodging facility - clean and quiet. And MSLM offers both. The rooms are spacious, clean, and well maintained. Outside of the normal noise you will hear in 99 out of 100 motels, this one is very quiet. The location on top of a hill off the highway lends itself to this. We had a room on the rear side which offered a view of the hillside and trees behind the motel. So if you want great views, this is not the best choice.
The bed was queen size, but comfortable. I prefer king, but they do not have them here. The TV was an older CRT set that was fine, but a bit surprising not to see a flat screen of some kind. Then again, I wasn't there to watch TV anyway.
There is a free breakfast which is pretty limited with cereal and bread offerings. But if you want a big breakfast, there are a couple of great breakfast places very close by.
I can't say the rates are the greatest, but they are not outrageous. You certainly could do better in a few other places I've stayed for the $80 per night rate and there are a couple of offerings here that are cheaper, but I'm not sure they are as clean and quiet.
The staff was friendly and helpful. But then again, this is small town Ozarks. Everyone is friendly and helpful.
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