Holy moly. The Casey Jones Station Inn wins the award for being the worst motel I've ever stayed and I've stayed at some skuzzy places.
So I was driving to Cincinnati from Austin. I made it to Jackson, Tennessee around 2:30 in the morning. The Casey Jones Inn looked super cute from the outside at night. I googled Casey Jones and the Casey Jones Village looked family friendly, a place I'd want to take my kids. The motels around it advertised $32 vacancies, so I figured the Casey Jones Inn would be about the same.
I went in to the little run down office. An employee greeted me and I asked about a vacancy. She looked me up and down and asked a couple of times if I had anyone with me. I told her I was flying solo and just needed to rest my head before I could finish my trek. She seemed unsure, but then told me the price for a room was $53. $53? That's hotel prices, and was way over what the motels around were asking. I thought "eff it, I'm already here". I was exhausted and just wanted to lay down so I paid the $$. The employee asked if I wanted smoking or non smoking. I told her non-smoking. She then kept reiterating "no smoking" as if to remind me to not smoke in the non-smoking room I'd asked for. Again, whatever. Maybe she's dealt with people that do.
So I got my card key and went to my room. Upon being closer to the rooms, I realized how run down the place was - even from the outside. I hoped the inside was better. I stepped in. It looked like it hadn't been renovated since the early 90s/late 80s. The smell hit me like a ton of bricks - it smelled like BO and like it had been hot boxed with cigarettes. I talked myself into staying - I've slept at many punk houses, so this was no different, but why was the receptionist so weird about smoking if she was sending me to the smelliest room...also $53 for this? Anyway, I put all my stuff down and went to clean up and noticed blood splatter on the bathroom door. So I look down and there's pee and what looks like a joint in the toilet (I flushed before I realized I should have taken a picture). No shower for me I guess. I tried to close the curtains, but they didn't close all the way. Again...$53? Then, I noticed the smoke detector had was dismantled, lights were broken, and there were large areas of mismatched paint where it looked like someone tried to fix/patch something. $53??? And you guys were worried about me smoking and having guests? So I decided to reluctantly crawl into bed, trying to forget about the blood and smell. There was a blood droplet that looked smeared on the white sheet. Awesome.
I still stayed because I already paid and was too exhausted to go argue for a refund and find a new place to stay. Meanwhile, people were partying outside and it took forever to finally doze off. I woke up to the stench of the room assaulting myself face, so I gathered my stuff and high-tailed it out of there.
This place is no longer the M Star hotel, it has reverted back to being the Casey Jones Motel.
I stayed here as a kid about 35 years ago, and decided to stay when passing through town. It was part of a railroad themed tourist attraction when I came here as a kid, but now is just a basic motel. There was a pool, but it has since been filled in with dirt. There also were rail cars you could stay in in the back, but they are now abandoned.
* Surprisingly clean smelling room
* Clean linens and towels
* Room is in poor physical condition. I was in a lower level room which had extensive water damage from the unit above. You could see water stains on the ceiling and walls, and there was a small hole in the wall near the baseboard.
* Small amount of mold in bathroom, probably due to a non functioning fan.
* All surfaces were generally worn, especially the bedroom furniture, bathroom counters and the tub. Furnishings were a mish mash of stuff from various hotels. My phone was from Homewood Suites.
All in all, I don't regret staying here, especially for the price. There are better options though. But don't stay at the motel6 next door. They were having a prostitution bust that night.
The rooms were nice the last time we stayed here 4 years ago but it appears that's when the maintenance department quit. Our room was still OK, so we went ahead and stayed. The things that were wrong were just little things, but the little things started to add up; the safety latch was broke off and not replaced, There had been a major water leak from the upstairs room,that caused some water damage to the wall and ceiling in our room and was apparently not going to be repaired ever. So friendly staff, cheapest rate in town, this is it. Also on a positive note room had more than I expected micro wave, fridge,coffee pot all nice to have when away from home. It does have a very Unique front office.
We chose this place as an overnight stay on a cross country road trip, having no idea what, or where it was. As it turns out it was right next door to the Casey Jones Museum. That was a HUGE plus for the kids (I though it was pretty cool too) The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, giving us directions to the nearby shopping so we could replenish supplies. The room was clean and the beds were comfortable. We weren't expecting a 5 star hotel but were very happy with the price we paid and the accommodations we received.
Casey Jones, famous railroad engineer of 1892 - 1900, probably stayed here!
We stayed here because I remember my mother watching Casey Jones on the TV series in the early 1960's. In all seriousness, I doubt much has changed since then.
Ok, that may be a little unfair. They do now have electronic locks on the doors.
If you have no where else to stay, fine, stay here. If you have a choice, don't.
Yes, it's easy to find, nicely situated and does have loads of parking space but the rooms are laughably poor.
Our room looked like it hadn't been redecorated since dear old Casey last graced our TV screens back in 1969.
The carpet was simply worn out and dirty. The paint was falling off the walls. The plaster was falling off the ceiling. The TV was old and decrepit. The whole building seemed to shake when anyone closed their door!
Wait, it gets worse......... Our front door had obviously suffered some kind of attempted break in at some stage as it didn't even touch the door frame from about halfway up. It seemed like someone had tried to tear the door open by force.
Having said all this, the reception lady was nice. It must be difficult to be welcoming when you're representing such poor accommodation.
On the positive side, it was the cheapest room we had in our month in the States at only $32 for the night. At that money, realistically, it's great!
Also, it's on site of the Casey Jones museum and attractions which is definitely worth something.
If you're thinking of staying here, think awful and you'll be about right! Enjoy!