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“Perfect Place” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thunderbird Inn
Ranked #30 of 41 Hotels in Florence
1 review
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“Perfect Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

Best motel I've ever stayed in. The food was AMAZING. everyone was super extremely nice. The rooms were clean, beds were comfy, and service was five star. The pool is always open, lit heated saltwater and totally clean. I can't say enough about how great this is. Rate is very low also.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank driftingraven
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sarasota, Florida
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31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

We drove through the night and finally got very tired around 5:30 AM. We called a few places to see if they had late check-out, thinking we’d check in around 6 AM and check out around 2 or 3 PM. Most places either didn’t allow it, or charged extra (or were too expensive to begin with for our budget). We did find one place about 15 min from the Thunderbird for $35, but once we drove up it looked way too sketchy so we kept looking.

We finally saw the sign for the Thunderbird and decided to go in and ask about late checkout. They said we could actually stay until the next morning for no extra charge (NO other motels or hotels that we called or stopped in offered that), and with my AAA membership it was only $50. The room was clean and the beds comfortable (we used our own pillows). Everything worked (though we didn't try the microwave); it was nice to have the fridge in the room. The bathroom was a bit outdated and dingy I suppose, but fine and clean for $50. It was pretty quiet but there were so big trucks outside or room during different times. I didn't use the pool but did walk by it and it looked very clean and big. Breakfast was pretty good too, and included in the price. :) I’d definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ZaraZote
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013

Our kids started pitching monster fits after being in the car too long. We were driving from DC to Florida and everybody had just had it. Our dog was with us so our options were severely limited. The Thunderbird said "ok," so Thunderbird it was.

Overall, I can't complain. Everything was clean, if not shabby. The staff gets five stars. The woman who worked at the front desk was fabulous! We ate at the buffet and thought the fried chicken was worth mentioning in this review.

I can't give it more stars though because ... well, I just can't. If you've stayed there then you know why.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Travelinglew
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18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013 via mobile

The staff is amazing and that is as far as anything good goes. There was a white substance all over the bed skirt and corner of the bedside table. There was hair from someone shaving around the bathroom sink. The carpet is gross and the bedspread had cigarette burns. They did plant flowers and keep the grounds around the pool clean. We would have left but it was NASCAR weekend and we didn't know so this was the only room we could find for under $200. The toilet looks like a tiger had attacked it and there were ashes behind the tp holder. The breakfast was edible but nothin to rave about. I would have preferred bagels and cream cheese over the mystery meat I thought was ham.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ilovemymares
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Concord, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2013 via mobile

Compared to Howard Johnson motel this place is 150% better. Cleaner better service and better breakfast.and no one stole articles out of my suitcase like they did at Howard Johnsons. I will stay again

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Oneonta
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19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2013

I was very disappointed in this motel, the rooms were old and dirty and there was a hole in the bathroom ceiling over the tub. The attached buffet restaurant was undesirable with a dirty floor. We did eat in the bar area and that was ok. For breakfast you had to pay for orange juice with the complimentary breakfast, never heard of such a thing!!
The location is ideal but that is all, they need to do a lot of remodeling!!!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Gloria C
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Wilkes-Barre, PA
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59 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2013

We were returning from Florida with a new pet dog. Wanted a location right off I-95 and needed a place to stay that would accept him. We have stayed here before, (last time 2003), so I checked pet policy, it stated they were allowed. Called and made a reservation to be sure it was okay (never traveled with a pet before). Reserved us a first floor room for ease of dog walking.
Inn is showing it's age, could use some updating. Room and sheets were clean. Bathroom could use a good scrubbing, Price was right and the hot buffet was included. Couldn't beat the food, including eggs made to order. The breakfast was hearty enough to last into the afternoon. Would stay here again. Staff was very accommodating and friendly.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank nana_traveler255
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Property: Thunderbird Inn
Address: 2004 W Lucas St, Florence, SC 29501-1203
Region: United States > South Carolina > Florence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 41 Hotels in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Thunderbird Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 134
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