My wife and I traveled to Gatlinburg from Louisville, KY over the latter part of the first week and first weekend of May, 2012. This was a spontaneous trip with only about 24 hours advance planning. On prior trips to this and other mountain destinations we have had relaxation, peace, and quiet as a priority. On such trips we have booked a spacious, homey, cabin. Our aim for this long weekend, however, was to see and do as much as possible. This being the case, we sought clean, inexpensive accommodations anticipating very limited use of our room. On the recommendation of a friend who touted the virtues of its central location, we booked three nights at the Microtel Inn. We arrived about 30 minutes prior to the stated check-in time, parked in a space under the Inn, and found our room was available. Check-in was friendly and simple at the desk in the small lobby. Our room was on the first floor, same as the lobby, near the elevator about midway down a long inside entrance corridor. Entering the room, my eye first went to a perfect iron-shaped scorch on the carpet at the foot of the bed. This was a poor first impression, but as I scanned the remainder of the very small room, I noted its cleanliness and good use of the limited space. A large window and liberal use of mirrors created an illusion of openness and clever placement of cabinets, drawers, and shelves provided adequate storage of clothes, etc. The bed was firm and comfortable, the linens crisp and simple. The bathroom was also small but adequate with nice hot water and decent pressure in the shower. A strong little hairdryer was mounted to the wall and there was a heat lamp overhead. The room featured a small fridge that worked well enough to freeze our canned drinks the first night before we adjusted the thermostat. The air conditioner was quiet and allowed for sufficient range of adjustment to stay comfortable. Placed near the ceiling in one corner was a flat screen TV with a clear picture and about 75 channels. The room was sparsely furnished with a minimum of towels and bathcloths and no amenities like body wash, shampoo, etc. There were two of the typical tiny soaps. Requests for additional washcloths and towels were quickly and courteously met. Wi-fi can be strong at times but is only sporadically accessible (though the signal from nearby hotels will likely provide access during such down times). The hotel advertises a continental breakfast but unless you are willing to rub shoulders - literally - with others in the morning rush to get at the bagels, toast, packets of oatmeal and cold cereals in what amounts to a walk-in closet, don't count too highly on this as a benefit of your stay. A few steps away from the "closet", a coffee and juice dispenser is also available. Without question, the biggest advantage of this Inn is its location. It is within steps of the highly visible "Space Needle Observation Tower" in downtown Gatlinburg. This location puts you within a few blocks walk of the vast majority of the shops and attractions advertised for tourists. The open chair ski lift attraction, visible from everywhere, is a five minute walk from the lobby of the Microtel and hundreds of shops and attractions are within a 10 minute walk. If for no other reason, the Microtel should be on your radar if you want to be in the thick of all things Gatlinburgian. Overall, we found the clean, comfortable bed and adequate shower sufficient for our basic needs and at a very minimal cost. Essentially we returned to the room late each night and left early each morning, so the central locale and decent place to shower and sleep made the economically priced Microtel Inn a good value, well-suited to our purposes for this particular trip.
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