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El Camino Motel

15 Paint Town Rd US 441 Hwy 19, Cherokee, NC 28719-8742
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#21 of 26 hotels in Cherokee
Just a step away from Harrahs Cherokee Casino. We offer smoking & non-smoking rooms. 1 king or 2 queen. It is our pleasure to make your stay pleasant.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Air conditioning
Seating area
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
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Cindy wrote a review Jul 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Nasty the sheets had blood stains the floor was falling in and the toilet didn't want to work and some kind of bug was in the bed kept bitting us he wouldn't give ys a refund. We couldn't get any supplies for our room
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Fran wrote a review Jul 2020
5 contributions
Not a nice place to stay, really disgusting. We rented the room, just threw our stuff in the door and took off to the casino, came back about 2:00 in the morning, went to take a shower this is what I seen when I went in the Bathroom, the tub was filthy, scum and hair, the toilet had dried pee on it and in the floor. Needless to say I didn’t take a shower, The bed was just as bad, looked like a poop stain on the bedspread and I don’t know what was on the pillow. We layed on the other bed for a few hrs cause we were exhausted then left. Really a dirty place to stay and it had a really strong smell of cigarettes eww. I recommend sleeping in your car to this place.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Mat T wrote a review Sep 2019
136 contributions21 helpful votes
I walked in and it smelled moldy. I figured u get what u pay for. After a day at the casino we got back to the room and I pulled back the cover and a roach scampered across the white sheet! For a guys poker weekend this place works but I would not bring my GF or wife here!
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Date of stay: September 2019
Debra M wrote a review Sep 2018
Griffin, Georgia3 contributions1 helpful vote
Half the wall paper was missing in bathroom. Had to tighten toilet seat cause when you sat down felt like you were going to slide off and his wall. Sheets felt like brand new cheap sheets that were scratchy. Bedspread reminded me of basketweave table cloth or shower curtain. Blanket looked like thin colored foam. Had to put wash rag under drippy faucet at night. Had only one television channel due to remote was broke first night. All bathroom fixtures seriously looked like small barnacles growing on them. There was a poop smear on side of toilet when we checked in. Do not go if have allergies.. the room is musty and is oversprayed or carpet fresh deodorizer. So smells like flowery musty nasty room. My allergies killed me. It was Labor Day weekend so could not get another motels. Wish I could show the pictures because my description does not even come close to how horrible the room was. Oh do not let me forget the cockroaches we saw.
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Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Do not stay here
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Melissa B wrote a review Aug 2018
1 contribution2 helpful votes
Well since the owner and his sister have no desire to give me a courtesy call and discuss my complaints I guess I am forced to give a bad review. All I wanted was an apology but I think three days is plenty of time to give them an opportunity to do so. We checked in here with Judy, who told us we would remain in the same room if we chose to stay an additional night, then moved us the next day-no big deal. Until, we were napping in our room and another family came right on in. Apparently the room had been double booked and she checked the new guests in and gave them their keys and everything. I was laying on the bed in my underwear! My husband went to the desk and she tried to say in front of the other people I assume to make herself look better, that we had not paid. Once she straightened it out she apologized for the mix up. We overlooked this, as I honestly thought she was just older and getting a little senile, and we booked another stay the following week as I work in the area. I cancelled my reservation via their contact/email on the website because I couldn't get anyone to answer the phone. We had to call back and rereserve a couple dates bc of my work schedule and she got smart and said "We have a problem, and I don't get email." ??? Then why is it a contact form online? She reluctantly changed the reservation. I had to call back and cancel again because I found another cheaper room at Microtel (which has been great btw) and I called 24 hours in advance but she said (very smart)she didn't know what to tell me because she was going to have to charge my card. I told her that she would not charge me as I was calling 24 hours ahead and she hung up the phone on me. At this point I called the Drama Inn to speak to the owner as he owns both properties. I got ahold of his sister at the front desk who refused to give her name, and told me she would not give the owner my name and number before she also hung up on me. I had to ride to the hotel to find out her name which is Laverne Bennet from a very nice member of the house staff. All I would have appreciated was a little customer service, I didn't ask for anything free. I simply wanted a compassionately person to say I'm sorry this happened let me get the owner in touch with you. Never happened and I will never stay here, and I work with a company who travels here often. Never will I recommend either hotel which is sad because the El Camino has been a staple of Cherokee for years. It's bad when I can stay cheaper at a Microtel and have a more updated room, and friendly service all the way around.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled on business
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US$102 - US$126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesNorth CarolinaNorth Carolina MountainsCherokee
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Camino Motel
Which popular attractions are close to El Camino Motel?
Nearby attractions include Casino at Harrah’s Cherokee (0.5 km), Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort (0.9 km), and Cherokee Bear Zoo and Exotic Animals (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at El Camino Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Is parking available at El Camino Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Camino Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Front Porch Cakery & Deli, Selu Garden Café, and Brio Italian Grille.
Are there opportunities to exercise at El Camino Motel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at El Camino Motel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Camino Motel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Are there any historical sites close to El Camino Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Mingus Mill (5.4 km) and Oconaluftee Indian Village (2.1 km).
Is El Camino Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.