Look, you check into a place based strictly on the price, you're going to get that level of hotel.
I was doing some hard northbound driving and just couldn't keep my eyes open anymore. I pulled off at Exit 193, just a few miles south of South of the Border, and got a cup of tea. Even after the tea I was still kind of groggy and so I flipped through one of those hotel coupon booklets that are so ubiquitous on I-95. My plan was to check in, crash for the night and continue home, so I wanted someplace nearby and inexpensive. This is where I landed.
With the coupon, incidentally, your savings is only about two dollars, so it's your call whether you want to break it out or not.
I took a single room with a king-size bed. The room also had a sofa in it that opens out to another bed. It actually had a bit of space to move around in. My room also had a small round table and two chairs. Rooms are appointed with micro-fridges (the combo unit where they're attached to each other) and your typical four-cup coffee maker. Glass sliding doors at the far end opened to a mostly-grass courtyard and a swimming pool. It's November as I write this, so the pool is empty. But if it's in operation during the warmer weather, it's probably quite a nice place to unwind after a drive.
My room was a combination of old and new: it had been painted recently enough that it didn't look bad, but there were also numerous spots of patch-and-repaint in the bathroom, presumably to replace a broken towel rack. Oddly, holes in the main room, which also appeared to be from moved fixtures, had NOT been repaired. Light switches were definitely on the old side but all the fixtures worked. The carpeting had a very old-style feel to it but was in good shape, with just a little wear in the typical places.
The bathroom was originally the split kind that had the sink outside and the toilet/tub inside, but that's been removed and the sink brought into the bathroom (or an extra sink outside was eliminated and replaced with a countertop). It's a little older but certainly adequate: the toilet has the industrial plumbing with the pipe-and-flush-valve setup rather than a tank, and the tub fixtures are clearly on the older side, but the toilet isn't especially noisy, considering, and everything is in good working order.
In the main room, the TV is still the older tube-style, but there are plenty of channels that are reasonably clear, and a guide available. Some of the channels on the guide turned out not to be available, but that's a minor quibble for me. The bed was comfortable and, even though I'm not exactly getting 400-thread-count sheets, what was on the bed was fine.
The hotel offers free wi-fi internet and it's quite fast; that was a pleasant little surprise. The bad news is that you're going to have a tough time finding an outlet. There's one in the bathroom, one over the used-to-be-a-vanity (so they're near the room entrance and sharing a wall), and only one for the entire rest of the room. There's a six-outlet wall adapter on it, and three of those spaces are taken up by the TV, microwave and refrigerator. And, in my room at least, they're behind the refrigerator. So in order to plug in my laptop for use, I had to move my table closer to the fridge.
Heat controls were pretty typical (low cool/high cool/low heat/high heat) and worked well in my room.
There are plenty of restaurants and gas stations in the immediate area within walking distance. Because I left very early, I didn't take advantage of the continental breakfast so I can't comment on that. There didn't appear to be a huge amount of space set aside for it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Americas Best Value Inn of Dillon, SC, located just south of the North Carolina border. Our Guest rooms are furnished with a microwave fridge, coffeemaker, cable TV with HBO, complimentary local calls, and a wake-up service. Enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast including waffles each morning. Relax and rejuvenate in our outdoor pool. Our front desk staff is available to our guests 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also offer a fax and copy service for the convenience of our business travelers. Whether you are visiting us for business or pleasure, our courteous and experienced Staff will make your stay with us a memorable and enjoyable experience. Enjoy the value of staying with Americas Best Value Inn. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Agoda, TripOnline SA, Hotels.com, Cancelon and getaroom.com so you can book your Americas Best Value Inn - Dillon reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Best Value Hotel Dillon