We planned some outdoor activities in the area (hiking, geocaching, and after our stay we were headed backcountry camping at Fall Creek Falls) and just needed an inexpensive place to rest, shower, and store gear while we were out enjoying nature - we did not plan to spend much time at the hotel...
The hotel is a challenge to get in and out of - most of the parking is around the back with a one-lane path to get there. We were there during some sort of weekend wrestling tournament and it was very crowded - we could not park anywhere near our room. The hotel had no cart so we made many trips from the car (since we had out camping gear for later). The room smelled very foul and the ice bucket had mold growing in it. The bed linens were stained and dirty - with hair on them. The exercise room is not well maintained or accessible. We had to obtain a key fro the front desk - which did not work. So we had to be escorted by hotel staff to the fitness room through the "business center" where we discovered it was only a few machines in a stuffy small room and neither of the treadmills were actually working. The pool was nice with a slide - smaller than the photo would make it appear. We had to wait 30 minutes one morning for them to open it up - it is gated and locked. We attempted the breakfast buffet one morning but there was very little food left (recall the hotel was pretty crowded that weekend), no forks, no clean tables, and we had to ask for plates. We managed to get a waffle, one container of yogurt, and some warmed up sausage patties (no eggs left, no toast, no pastries, no bacon). Several times when we returned to the room, our room keys would not work (and yes, we were very careful not to put them near something that would erase the data on the magnetic strip). It seems many others had the same problem because there was always a LONG line of people also replacing room keys.
We were not expecting a lot for an inexpensive hotel option and did not spend much time around the hotel - even so, I would not stay here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Hotel Cookeville
- Cookeville Clarion
- Clarion Cookeville