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Best Western / Cambridge Plaza Hotel, 650 Cherokee Lane: Spring 2014 (temporary)   15 comments

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This hotel is down one of those "suicide" Interstate frontage roads like Garner Lane where they use the same on-ramp as the Interstate for frontage access. I don't like 'em.

Anyway, the Cambridge Plaza Hotel there is currently undergoing renovation. It should be back, possibly with increased signage, fairly soon.

UPDATE 4 Jun 2014 -- Commenter Bobby verifies that this place was once a Best Western so I have added that to the post title.

UPDATE 26 June 2014 -- Looks like it's to be a Super 8 when it reopens:


Written by ted on May 14th, 2014

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15 Responses to 'Best Western / Cambridge Plaza Hotel, 650 Cherokee Lane: Spring 2014 (temporary)'

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  1. This appears to be a nice hotel from the outside but, take a closer look at picture number eight, and it is no more than a "box" with architectural additions to the front to enhance the visual effect, making it appear to be more than it actually is, A box.
    And another thought, maybe it's just me but, if I was going to spend the amount of money, that I can only imagine what the final cost of this hotel was, I would have found a more lucrative site or city build.


    14 May 14 at 4:53 pm

  2. city to build


    14 May 14 at 4:54 pm

  3. Knee Deep in the Hoopla..


    14 May 14 at 5:31 pm

  4. This place has changed affiliations more times than I care to remember. I think it has been a Comfort Inn at least once and a Days Inn twice.


    15 May 14 at 9:23 am

  5. ted

    15 May 14 at 7:14 pm

  6. @Rick - You don't remember the 'Knee Deep In The Hoopla' album by Starship? It was one of the better songs on the album....


    16 May 14 at 12:10 am

  7. I will admit that I do agree with Rick. No matter how much you 'fancy up' the architecture this place is just like every other hotel where the rooms open to the outside. Maybe they are trying to save it from the fate of so many of this style of hotels. Many start renting rooms by the week for less well off people. You know the kind that do their wash in the bathtub and then hang their laundry over the outside railing to dry (I've see this at the old Scottish Inn at the Bush River Rd/I-26 interchange). Or they turn into 'HO'-tels like the old Western Inn and the old 'HO'-Jo on Bush River Rd.


    16 May 14 at 12:21 am

  8. The thing that made me think of you Homer about this post is that you mentioned an MO that consists of steering clear of hotels with doors opening to the outside and no matter what they do to it architecturally speaking, they still have doors opening to the outside making you unlikely to stay there.


    16 May 14 at 1:04 am

  9. I have posted in the past that I do tend to steer clear of hotels that have external doors. I don't have anything against them (Lord knows, I have stayed in many) but I do gravitate toward the ones that have internal entrances (I just feel more secure).

    Right now, I'd love to be in one of the OLD Mom and Pop motels in Cherokee, NC that have rear doors that open up to the river. I'd have my a$$ parked in a lawn chair with a cooler full of beer, dropping lines in the river to see what I could catch. Clean 'em, gut 'em and grill 'em right there on the bank. What with all of the BS I have to put up with on a daily basis, it would be heaven!!!!!!


    16 May 14 at 1:26 am

  10. @Homer- I did not remember that album.
    I am however, humbled and aware of it now.

    @Ted- Thanks.


    17 May 14 at 7:51 am

  11. Ahhhh. In my original post, when I mentioned the architectural additions to the front of this hotel, I was searching (in my mind) for the word I wanted to use in lieu of "architectural additions" and I just thought of it.

    I do that now and again, I can't remember a name or a word that applies to what I'm trying to say, and it will bug me until I finally do remember. Once remembering it can be very gratifying, like going to the lou.
    Mmmm.. in lieu, the lou, louie louie, The lieu The loud The Mcbeans. There's another mcd joke for you Homer.


    17 May 14 at 9:14 am

  12. Hmmm.. was I the only one that found that amusing? Probably so. Think about the proud, the few, the marines.


    17 May 14 at 2:31 pm

  13. @Rick - now I get it. I had no clue where you were going until you threw in the marine comment.....:^)


    18 May 14 at 12:42 am

  14. The sign mounting is definitely Best Western. It's listed as such in 1983 on Google Books, and in my 1992 AAA Tourbook for GA/NC/SC.


    3 Jun 14 at 10:29 pm

  15. OK, I'll add Best Western to the post title.


    3 Jun 14 at 11:29 pm

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