On a trip last week from southern Georgia to the eastern shores of Virginia, I'd tentatively planned to break my trip up with a stop in Florence, SC. Having not picked a hotel yet, I saw the signs advertising the HoJo and decided to pull off. I was given a non-smoking king room (room 105 or 108) which was fairly up-to-date. Other than some blown light bulbs, I was happy with the size of the room, the flatscreen tv and the digital thermostat on the AC unit. All was well. The billboard which prompted me to choose this hotel boated "deluxe breakfast". Deluxe breakfast consisted of coffee, 4 cereal choices, a tray of store-bought croissants, a tray of store-bought mini muffins and apples & bananas. Not exactly deluxe. My room rate of $58 + tax was great though. I spent Tuesday night, 7/2/13, in this room.
On the way back from Virginia Saturday, with my fiancee & son with me, I decided again that this HoJo would make for a suitable stop. Our weekend rate for a non-smoking double queen occupancy was higher, even with my fiancee's military discount ($62 + tax). This time we were assigned room 216. Room 216 was like stepping back into a bad 1980s hotel room. Not only was the room sweltering when we arrived at 10:30 at night, but the old clunky knob operated AC unit barely worked. I set it on it's coldest setting and an hour and a half later, we finally drifted off to dream with sweat pouring off us. This room didn't have a flat screen. The pillow cases were soiled. There was a dead roach on the vanity outside the bathroom door. Not good. The next morning we awoke to a room which had finally cooled off. With it being a weekend morning, I thought perhaps that breakfast would be a bit more deluxe. It wasn't. Exactly the same offerings as Wednesday morning. The creepers hanging around outside the hotel don't help either.
I would stay in this HoJo if I KNEW I'd be getting a room like #105 (or was it 108)...but I'll never stop there again for fear of getting room 216 or another similar. Stay clear of this establishment.
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