I stayed here last night. I was displaced from my own home late yesterday due to a plumbing issue (don't ask, but it was very smelly). So I needed cheap and basic for a night. This property absolutely fit the bill.
First, the "bad:"
Here's what you WON'T find at this property:
*A glorious chandelier in the lobby
*800-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets
*A piano bar
*An on-site masseuse
Here's what ELSE you WON'T find on this property:
*Shady characters hanging around the parking lot
*Crumby, dank rooms with half the lights not working
*Surly, uncaring staff
*Noise from the interstate
*Scary, dirty stuff that may have been there for twenty years
If you want all of that stuff in the first bit, then you're looking for the wrong place. Keep on driving and pay $400/night at the Hermitage Hotel or whatever. There's nothing wrong with wanting that, but you need to pay for it, and this place is about good value for the dollar, not opulence.
Now the "good:"
Here's what you WILL find at this property:
*Clean, basic rooms
*A clean and inviting lobby
*A reasonably satisfying breakfast
I'm providing details below, but for anyone reading these reviews who just wants to know if they are getting a decent place to sleep or a dump, then know without question that this property is well-managed and clean and AT LEAST up to your expectations.
I needed a clean, basic place to sleep, watch TV, generally chill, and then get a hot shower and a hot breakfast in the morning before I went back home to deal with the nasty issue I had to deal with. I decided to trust the reviews here, and I was not wrong. This was EXACTLY what I needed at the moment, and no one would realistically have a complaint about this property.
Check-in was great, completed in under five minutes, even with a ringing phone and such. We discussed different rooms, and my options were offered to me. I was completely happy with what I was able to get.
The exterior property is clearly well-maintained. The parking lot obviously is relatively recently sealed and striped. The painted surfaces clearly have been maintained and painted recently. The roof appears to be relatively new. The windows and other glass surfaces are crystal clear and definitely clean. The landscaping is as nice as you'll find at at a current Hilton or Marriott property.
The room was actually even better than I would have expected from the reviews.
The walls are of the faux-stucco style, but clearly were recently painted and done well; clearly NOT a sloppy paint job: no paint on the outlets or switch plates or anything like that. Someone took care to DO THIS RIGHT. There is tasteful artwork over each of the beds, and the colors are nice and comfortable. No smudges, stains, etc. on the walls; they were as clean as anyone would expect in their own home. No fingerprints or darkened areas where people obviously touch areas frequently, such as the door edge and such. Everything in that regard was as clean as any sane person would expect in their own home.
Door worked exactly as anyone would expect that it would. On my room (#108), the door was not spring-loaded to slam shut, which I really appreciate: I'd like to be able to get to my car's trunk and carry something in without the door slamming shut and locking me out before I get there. I never heard other slamming doors, so I must presume that other doors also were not spring-loaded (and slamming doors are a pet peeve of mine for hotels of all stripes).
The carpet was obviously not brand new (which is a ludicrous expectation for any hotel unless the whole joint is brand new) but it was in excellent repair, clean, soft enough, and tasteful. I was happy to take my shoes off as soon as I got in the room.
The vanity was of the faux-marble variety, but clean, un-blemished, and certainly better than the typical formica. Plentiful soap, shampoo, tissues, etc. were there. There's a hanging area (WITH hangers) there to hang up anything you need. Iron, ironing board, hair dryer ... everything a typical traveler needs is there, working, and ready to use. There was a nice coffee maker there with ready makings for a couple of cups of coffee. I did not use this as I am not a big coffee-drinker, but I know that big coffee people would greatly appreciate this.
The bathroom itself had what appeared to be relatively new tile. Well-laid, not cracked, not crooked. The toilet was new, apparently of the water-saver variety, but it works (unlike most water-saver toilets), and is quiet enough. The tub is that of the '70s hotel variety: too shallow for a drunk or a rock star to drown themselves, but it was absolutely immaculate and worked perfectly.
I had a two-queen-bed room. Ideally, I would have liked a king bed, but I was showing up at the last minute, so I was glad to take what I could get, particularly for my personal wants (first floor and smoking). The two beds were definitely comfortable. I would have personally liked a bed a shade harder, but then I am spoiled on a SleepNumber bed at home and am most comfortable on a slab of concrete, so for 99.99% of the public, these beds will be just right. The linens were obviously clean and they were soft. No, they were not 800-thread-count Egyptian cotton, but they were definitely VERY comfortable and soft. The bedspreads were new or at least very close to it. I definitely had a very good sleep out of it.
The room had a reasonably nice 3' table and a couple of chairs, which worked well for me as I needed a small space to spread out a couple of files. It's not a full desk by any imagination, but it's a couple of comfortable chairs and a clean, hard horizontal surface.
The A/C cooled the room down within ten minutes (it was a warm night here last night). While not silent, it was certainly quiet enough to be non-noticeable once the room had cooled down.
The TV is of the tube variety, but the picture is good, and there's a good spread of channels available: there is a good variety of channels, with several sports channels, several news channels, locals, and then a smattering of what any reasonable person would expect from at least a basic cable package: TBS, FX, WGN, TNT, History Channel, etc. The point being that there's plenty of entertainment, more than enough for anyone to expect in such a location at such a price. No one has any valid complaints here.
In the morning, I got a good breakfast. The breakfast room is not very large: it seats about 20 or so, and there's a little bit of a "shuffle" to get to everything, but it works well enough. At least this morning, they offered biscuits and gravy (a Southern staple), hard-boiled eggs, a variety of danishes and breads for toast as well as a variety of bagels, complete with spreads for each, make-your-own waffles, cereal with milk, coffee and tea, and juice. This was more than plenty of breakfast for me and indeed most people. If, however, you just really want something more substantial, there is a Waffle House within immediate walking distance (probably 150 feet from the lobby door), as well as a Shoney's with their famous breakfast bar almost directly across the street (less than 100 yards).
The shower worked as well as I would expect at home: the spray was forceful enough without being painful needles of water. Water was hot enough within a few moments, and the adjustment was easy enough. Drain worked well. The shower head was, quite thankfully, mounted high enough that it didn't just spray me on my sternum, but instead was high enough to get wet, shampoo, all that sort of stuff without having to stoop to get it done. The shower curtain bar is of the curved variety, and the curtain itself is fine. More than plenty of towels, washcloths, etc. No, they're not Egyptian cotton bath sheets that are softer than kittens, but they're big enough to work to get dry and soft enough for an average American to be fine with them to get dry.
So the place is Nirvana, right? Well, no. It's just a place that clearly is well-maintained and well-cared-for by a staff that cares about what they are doing and takes some pride in what they do, doubtless led by the management of the facility. It's not PERFECT, it's just a case of people doing well with what they have. I went in with a critical eye, and I DID find some problems. I had to look *REALLY* hard to find something to complain about, but I did indeed find some imperfections:
*The full-length mirror had an upper-left corner that was not cleaned. It seems apparent that whoever cleaned the room couldn't reach the two inches of the very tip-top of the upper left corner of this mirror. It absolutely was not in any line of sight and barely noticeable, but it was there. AH HA! I found something wrong! Sound the alarm!
*There is another mirror over the luggage-rest. There is also an un-used bracket on the wall that presumably once upon a time held a television. That bracket causes the mirror to hang slightly akilter. If you're severely OCD, this will probably bother you immensely. If you're a normal human being, then you'll just smirk at it and go on with your life. The bracket should be removed, and I suspect that it hasn't been because it's probably very securely bolted into a firewall behind the regular wall. That bracket should be removed, but really the mirror itself is superfluous, as it is right next to the full-length mirror mentioned above. A nice print will serve this area just fine, especially if that bracket cannot easily be removed.
*There is visible wear on the furnishings. It's minor: corners showing wear and that sort of thing. The furnishings are completely solid. This isn't really a complaint, because I've seen an equal amount of wear in properties bearing the name Marriott, Hilton, DoubleTree, Crowne Plaza, etc. Like I said, this is literally TRYING to find something wrong.
So there you have it. I managed to find some problems by looking really hard to find some. :)
Overall, there is absolutely no question that if you need a good night's sleep, this is the place for you. It's not glamorous, nor is it meant to be. If you are looking for a good place to pull off the road and get a good night's sleep, this is the place for you. If you have business in Lebanon or Mount Juliet or even Nashville, this is the places for you. If you are looking for an opulent lifestyle, to be waited on hand and foot, then you need to go somewhere else and pay the prices accordingly. This is not the Ritz-Carlton and it never will be. It IS, however, a good place to lay your head for a night or even a few nights in the area.
My kudos to the staff and management of the EconoLodge Lebanon. They clearly take pride in their work and their property. Any reasonable person would appreciate spending a night here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Econo Lodge(R) hotel in Lebanon, Tennessee is conveniently located just a short drive from the Nashville Superspeedway. This pet-friendly hotel is minutes from popular area attractions, such as: •Cumberland University •Cedars of Lebanon State Park •The Grand Ole Opry music hall •The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum •Ryman Auditorium The Lebanon Municipal Airport is only two miles away. Golfers will like that the hotel is also near Pine Creek Golf Course and Hunters Point Golf Course. Several outlet and antique malls, and industrial and business parks are close by. Full-service amenities and features include: •Free wireless high-speed Internet access •Free hot breakfast •Free local calls and free coffee •Exercise room •Seasonal outdoor pool Travelers will appreciate access to fax services and a laundry facility. All rooms include refrigerators, microwaves, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers, coffee makers and cable television. Non-smoking rooms can be requested. This Econo Lodge hotel cares about the environment and has taken active steps to support green hotel practices. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, make the Econo Lodge hotel your home away from home when visiting the Lebanon, Tennessee area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Econo Lodge Lebanon
- Comfort Inn Lebanon
- Lebanon Comfort Inn