I thought I'd never stay in another hotel again after our first AirBnB in DC, but Tennessee's unique area is kind of a flip-flop on that one. Most AirBnBs in Pigeon Forge were a little expensive, but the hotels were surprisingly cheap compared to other cities, even my own city which doesn't really see tourists. This Howard Johnson is nothing fancy, but it's a good hotel. We had no problems with our room or the bathroom. The only thing that didn't work was a hair-dryer, but that was a minor issue that didn't plague us.
And you have the basic TV, basic cable and HBO, microwave, and mini-fridge. All of them worked fine.
On the second floor (if I remember right) there's a little arcade. I thought that was a little neat for a hotel to have if you have kiddos. But since Pigeon Forge has so many things to do, I have to wonder how much traffic this mini arcade sees. I sure didn't play anything.
The hotel has two pools. I really wanted to do the big pool and slide. Not even the big pool has a true deep end. I think the big one reaches its deepest end at 5 feet. But the water was too cold when we tried swimming in it at night. A bit of a shame really.
But they do have an indoor pool that is heated. So we spent about an hour swimming in it. It's a little tiny, but we chose a time where nobody else was there.
I also chose the place for its complimentary breakfast. I try to make our vacations as frugal as I can, and not having to shell out for breakfast was a win for me. They had sausage and eggs, which is what my wife Daisy and my mother ate for the most part.
They also had biscuits, which I probably had one too many of. They were okay, but not the best.
They also had cereal, but they don't have whole milk. I might as well pour water in the dang bowl, so I skipped out on that. I was going to get a small batch of milk from the nearby Wal-Mart, but the timing didn't work out.
They also had waffles, donuts, and fruit. Overall I was pleased with this place. It was nice, quiet, and very affordable.