Country Hearth Motel Review

Country Hearth ReviewHaving spent thousands of nights on the road in my career, I’d thought I had tried virtually every hotel/motel chain in existence, but apparently I missed one, “Country Hearth Inn & Suites.”

Not sure where it started, but their website boast sez: “Country Hearth Inn & Suites lodging system consists of over 100 properties and thousands of rooms in the United States, Canada, and India. The brand features a bed and breakfast feel with the convenience of modern, well-appointed rooms and suite accommodations, complimentary breakfast, and free local calls.”

Is “free local calls” even a draw anymore?  For that matter, why do they have phones in motel rooms at all?

Rolling down I-55, I booked a room at the Sikeston outlet of Country Hearth, pre-booked only because it was holiday travel time, and I knew I wanted to spend the night there cause I planned on eating at Lambert’s Cafe.  In any case, booking online, I actually paid MORE than the locally advertised rate. Doh!

Franchise motels are a risky business, both for the operator and franchisor.  The upsides for the operator include brand name awareness, reservations system, and probably back-end technology.  The downside for the franchisor is having a lack of quality control.

I would have been happier with the accommodations if I paid the locally advertised rate, instead of 25% more. At the rate I did pay, I know I could have found a cleaner, more comfortable room nearby.

And this is going to sound terribly politically incorrect, but it’s a  simple fact for this motel – that the entire property smelled like curry.  Not all that appealing.  The complimentary breakfast was pretty skimpy as well.

With the value priced franchises – it’s always gonna be a crap shoot if it’s a miserable, ok, or great experience.  Depends entirely on the operator.







Country Hearth Motel Review

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