This was my first stay at any Jameson Inn (2 nights, business, late October 2011). Although the place is certainly adequate and probably above average, I'm unsure that it deserved the #4 TripAdvisor ranking among all Jacksonville hotels that influenced my decision to book a room. The rating is #7 as I write this.
This hotel is located a little off I-95 exit #344, about 8 miles from downtown. The area seems safe and relatively quiet, with 8 to 10 other hotels, sit-down and fast-food restaurants, and small office complexes nearby. An Applebee's and a Waffle House are within very short walking distance; in case your GPS goes nuts like mine did, the Jameson is the first hotel after the Applebee's entrance.
My web reservation (Jameson site) was in order; the lobby is very clean and inviting. I was greeted cordially by Thomasa, the desk clerk. In response to my web request for the highest & quietest room possible, she said that their first floor was their "quiet" floor. I was doubtful, but she reassured me. I got room #111, at the end of the hall right next to ice & vending, which made me even more doubtful. However, Thomasa said that no one was booked above me, which was true on both nights (therefore, I can't comment on how sound-resistant the floors are).
The room was quite clean and nicely appointed, with decent lighting, double beds, and less free floor space than usual (for example, it was hard to do sit-ups). The luggage rack was built onto the floor and wooden, not like the flimsy metal/strap racks in many mid-range hotels. The room had a nightstand between the beds, a small desk in the corner, a recliner chair, a closeable wardrobe, an iron with board, a hair-dryer, and a flat-screen TV that swiveled. One major plus was the abundance of electrical outlets; another was the outstanding water pressure (plumbing). There was NOT a microfridge or a microwave oven in this room (normally a big minus for me); if I recall, some rooms are supposed to have them.
The bath sink was outside the bathroom proper (a plus), with plenty of counter space on which to spread out. Soap & shampoo were provided, but no conditioner. The bath linens were typical for mid-range hotels: some pieces were adequate for use, others (more than half) were at end of life. As a major minus, the water seemed to be very hard, because showering, shampooing, & shaving took longer than they should have: it was too hard to work up lathers.
When I sat on the end of the bed, it groaned, and I got the sense that the mattress would tip (however, it didn't). The bed & pillows were comfortable enough, and I slept well except on the second night, when other guests exited their rooms at 6 a.m. and slammed their doors. I heard no other noise (including ice & vending) and didn't know whether anyone was booked next door, so I venture to say without full commitment that the thickness of the walls may be pretty good.
My key card worked every time in my room door and at the outside entrance nearest my room. Happily, when the maids serviced my room, their master key cards didn't cancel out my ability to enter with my card, as happens too often elsewhere.
My 6:45 a.m. wake-up call came at 6:37, and my 8 a.m. call came at 7:52. This is a little off.
A breakfast buffet included pastries, some fruit, and the opportunity to make hot waffles. However, I saw no milk, which meant fighting those tiny plastic containers of MooMoo coffee-creamer. There also appeared to be no cereal, for those (or those with kids) who consider cereal rather normal to find at breakfast.
The hotel has a small, square pool, more for cool dips than for swimming. The garbage can & ashtray by the side exit to the pool weren't overflowing, but they obviously hadn't been emptied for some time.
I never encountered this "Ryan" employee whom earlier reviewers have raved about. Thomasa was quite friendly but wasn't from Jacksonville, so she couldn't really answer specific questions about the area. On the first morning (Friday), an unsmiling desk clerk with permed blonde hair, perhaps in her 40s, couldn't really be bothered, and I really had to persist in order to get some answers. Checkout on Saturday at around 9:30 a.m. was swift and uneventful; a young clerkette asked me how everything was. Somewhat grumpily from having been awakened by slammed doors at 6 a.m., I muttered, "OK, I guess." The clerkette said (not in unfriendly fashion), "Just 'OK'?" I muttered about guests' having slammed their doors, to no response.
In summary, I COULD and MIGHT stay here again, but I'd look further before committing. There's a Microtel and a Red Roof Inn among the other choices, and I'd consider them upon reviewing their TripAdvisor ratings. The Jameson's rates were pretty good, and it's a decent place; however, given the above non-optimal observations (none of which was fatal to my stay), I don't believe that this hotel deserves as distinguished a TripAdvisor ranking as #4 (at booking) or #7 (at this writing) in a city of Jacksonville's size.
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- Jacksonville Jameson Inn