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Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 28 October 2015 via mobile

Our room was spotlessly clean (hardwood floor), the staff was friendly and the bed was comfy. Plenty of towels and not far from the action in Cherokee. Nice and quiet, not a huge room but plenty. From now on we'll always stay here when in the area.

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Laurel C, General Manager at Pioneer Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our motel. It means a lot because we know how busy life can be. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for noticing our new towels. We have been blessed with a really good staff this season and its nice to see our customers agree. Please feel free to...

Reviewed 17 October 2015 via mobile

First, the good. The first dog friendly hotel I've been to that smelled clean inside. Lovely vintage interior- very well kept. Terrazzo in the bathroom, pergo-style floors in room. Free cable. Very reasonable rate in peak season. Heater was excellent. Hot hot water. Outdoor grounds very nice! Clean, kept up. Ashley at front desk was awesome!!! Would definitely stay here...

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Laurel C, General Manager at Pioneer Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our property. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We have been blessed this season with a great housekeeping staff. Our guests have really noticed and we are so happy about this.

Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

On a recent trip to Cherokee we had The Pioneer Motel recommended to us. The service is superb, and the owner, Laurel, is the most friendly and down to earth person. The rooms are clean, and well looked-after, and the swimming pool and lawns provide a great way to relax. We will definitely be staying here again when we next...

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Laurel C, General Manager at Pioneer Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. It means a lot when our guests take time out of their busy lives to give us a thumbs up. Thank you so much. We look forward to seving you again in the future.

Reviewed 10 August 2015 via mobile

The hotel may look a little run down at night, but after seeing it during the day it looks fine. I would probably suggest getting a cabin rather than hotel room. We got one of their cabins that was right beside the river. It was very pretty and relaxing. The cabin was nice and I felt comfortable there. This motel...

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Laurel C, Manager at Pioneer Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our business. We appreciated your patronage and are happy you enjoyed your stay.

Charlotte, North Carolina
Reviewed 29 June 2015

The room was nice and clean, the price was very reasonable, and it is only 1 mile from everything in Cherokee. It is kid friendly and has a beautiful view right out the front door on your balcony. I am planning another trip in a few months and plan to stay here again. It has a pool and is right...

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Laurel C, Manager at Pioneer Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us . Thank you for taking the time to review us. We greatly appreciate it and thank you for choosing us .

Bainbridge Island, Washington
Reviewed 30 May 2015

This is not a perfect Motel, but it was perfect for what we needed. I was traveling with a friend and 3 dogs. This worked out really nice for us because of the location, the grounds, and their pet policy. However, you need to know that this is an older motel that has had little remodeling. It was clean and...

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Laurel C, General Manager at Pioneer Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review us. We are glad you enjoyed our grounds.

Ocala, Florida
Reviewed 29 May 2015 via mobile

My biggest gripe against them is they base their appeal on riverfront. The river was NO where near my room, and I didn't have access to it. For that reason alone, I won't stay there again 😐 room was clean.

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Laurel C, Owner at Pioneer Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We appreciate that you noticed our cleanliness. We strive to keep our property in great condition. I am sorry you were unable to find the river that borders our property for almost 200 yds. Our cabins/cottages are riverfront. We have a stairway leading to our well maintained path to the...

Columbia, SC
Reviewed 21 May 2015

Stayed at the Pioneer on Friday May 15, 2015. Was just looking for a clean, quiet room for one night. This was the ideal place. While not a new hotel with all the amenities you might be used to, it more than met my expectations. Room was clean, quiet. Cable TV. Bed was comfortable. Bathroom was clean. Laurel, the owner,...

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Laurel C, General Manager at Pioneer Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay.

Reviewed 8 May 2015 via mobile

I've stayed here on several occasions. Love the grounds (very well kept), pavilion, pools, river access and proximity to downtown. The staff is always accommodating. This last stay was in the lower court, I noticed and liked the updates to the room decor!

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Laurel C, General Manager at Pioneer Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for coming back to stay with us. We are glad you enjoyed your stay.

Metairie, LA
Reviewed 31 July 2014

we stayed here the end of July. It is a great location, only 5 minutes from downtown Cherokee. The cabin #130 had two bedrooms, a large well furnished living room and a big kitchen with a table and chairs and included a washer and dryer. It is certainly not fancy, quite worn in places but comfortable beds and furniture. We...

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Laurel C, General Manager at Pioneer Motel and Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We have purchased new towels and linens and hopefully that will rectify this situation. I am glad you and your family enjoyed our property and I apologize for our staff not being attentive to this situation. we have installed new linoleum in kitchen and carpet in the cabin. We try to update as we can....

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Pool
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
We are one of the most unique and quaint lodging options located on the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian Reseveration. We offer a variety of ecomonical lodging options for you and your family. We have 21 motel rooms and 7 cottages to accomidate you. We are family owned and operated and take pride in our facility. We welcome you to our property to relax and enjoy your vacation. Our property offers access to the Oconoluftee River for fishing or just playing around. Our property also includes a covered pavillion area, perfect for cookouts or family reunions. We also offer a recreactional area, including an outdoor basketball court for both adults and children to enjoy. Our outdoor pool area has recently been remodeled and offers an inviting atmosphere to simply enjoy the Cherokee sunshine. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Pioneer Motel and Cottages

Address: P.O. Box 397, Cherokee, NC 28719-0397
Region: United States > North Carolina > Cherokee
Number of rooms: 26
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“Get a room close to the Picnic Area”
 of 5 bubbles katsat, 30 May 2015 | Read review
“Motel rooms appeared to be very small and old, but the cabin we were in was spacious. There is central air in cabin #130.”
 of 5 bubbles NewOrleansfirstgal, 30 Jul 2014 | Read review
“Cabins 130 and 131 are modern and up to date and never heard any noise”
  • Pavilion and play area
 of 5 bubbles rowlandclan8, 2 Dec 2013 | Read review
“Do not stay here.”
 of 5 bubbles GKLagan, 15 Oct 2013 | Read review
“Stay in a cabin if you can. Lots of space for families and right on the river -- beautiful!”
 of 5 bubbles KimM55, 14 Aug 2012 | Read review
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