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Reviewed February 24, 2015

My overall rating of this property is 0. This being the only option in Simmesport @ $45, it was a disappointment.

Pros: On the ACA cycling route. Next door to a convenance store that also serves as the Hotel Office, that also served hot sandwiches, pizzas and Champs' Chicken. The food was O.K., but service slow. The family that runs this Motel is very friendly, unfortunately it does not make up for the sorry state this Motel is in. The bed was comfortable and the sheets clean. AC/Heat worked, but not makings to tell you what temperature you were setting. (hit and miss)

Cons: (a) We asked for a non-smoking room, I don't think the Sportsman's has any such thing, ours had a dirty ashtray on the side table. (b) Live and dead wasps in the ceiling light, including larva. (c)Dead wasps in the washroom. (d) The room was dirty and the surface dusty. (e) Small thread bare towels. (f) My wife cleaned the toilet area and I cleaned the shower before use. (g)Room 114 had the slight smell of urine. (h) No Coffee in room. (I) No Breakfast.

Conclusion: It would be better to sleep in your car or keep riding.

Room Tip: All rooms face HWY at the front and rail tracks to the rear. No Good rooms. Last resort!
  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Ralf W
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Reviewed October 19, 2014

I agree with previous comments and I would rate it as 2, but where are other options nearby? Plus the motel has very smart website http://www.sportsmanmotella.com/, and it is possible to make reservation on it. Very unusual for this area! Very fanny that Sportsman motel practically doesn't has non-smoking rooms and is not very fanny that they are dirty! Wi-Fi works only outside. Is it cost $45? You decide!

Room Tip: Try to book in advance with requesting non-smoking room.
  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled solo
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Thank vavania
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

The room we stayed in was large but cleanliness was an issue. There was old food left in the microwave even. It was definitely overpriced for what it was. Disappointing since it is the only option in the vicinity.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Tandemers2013
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Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

We decided to try this motel (a) because it is the only one in Simmesport and (b) to give it the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, it appeared as though our sheets had not been laundered at all or had been insufficiently laundered. Lots of human hair on the sheets! Also, there was a big gap between the air conditioner and the wall, requiring us to use duct tape to keep mosquitoes out. The air conditioner filter needs to be cleaned -- very bad smell when it's running. In addition, someone else's food was left in the mini-fridge. If this is your only option for a place to stay, it would be better to sleep in your car.

Stayed: October 2013
Thank WyoRoadie
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

My son and I finished an unsupported cross country bike trip this summer. It took us along the southern tier of the USA and we followed a route provided by Adventure Cycling. It was a beautiful ride and a great adventure but it often took us to places with few to no lodging opportunities. When in Simmesport, La the Sportsman Motel was the only place for 50 miles in either direction. It was one of the most memorable nights of our trip. Simmesport was perhaps the poorest, shadiest (not because of the trees) and scary places we passed through on our entire 2600 mile trip. We brought mace on our trip because when biking you are frequently chased by dogs, and its helpful to have mace velcro'd to the bike just in case. When staying at the Sportsman Motel we actually slept with the mace next to our bed - unfortunately not because of the dogs but because of the people around town. The "convenience" store next door has a larger selection of (drug) smoking pipes than soda or potato chips. If you are biking across America or run out of gas in Simmesport LA, I would recommend the Sportman Motel - the only place to stay - literally!

Room Tip: Arrive late, leave early
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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6  Thank Elliot4321
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