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"Lobby was awful and stunk. breakfast was a joke. We stayed here because the other hotels in the area were full. " More

By cantontraveler, from Arkansas, USA on Fri 05 Oct 2012

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Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$57* Per night/room Aug 9 - Aug 10

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Hotel Description

Enjoy the outdoor pool at this Athens hotel

In Athens

Within a 15-minute walk of the hotel, you'll find Athens Scuba Park and Henderson County Historical Museum. Athens City Park and Trinity Valley Community College are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Nightclub, outdoor pool

A nightclub and an outdoor pool are featured at this hotel. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center and free WiFi in public areas. Relax with a drink at the bar/lounge and enjoy perks like free self parking.

Free WiFi, refrigerators

The 55 soundproofed guestrooms offer free WiFi and balconies or patios. Other amenities include refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, and TVs with cable channels.

Stay Express Inn Athens ratings based on 5 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
2.8 out of 5 3.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 2.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 2.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 2.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 1.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Stay Express Inn Athens

Everyone (1)
1 out of 5

Only stay if you have no other choice

Pros: The lady at the desk was kind and helpful when I expressed concern for my safety in the parking lot. I appreciated her understanding.
Cons: More lighting in the parking lot and the courtyard area (that's the only way to describe it based on the map and not what I saw since it was so dark)
Location: I only stayed briefly over night, and there wasn't much around.
This was the second hotel stay within 4 days. My previous 2 nights were also spent in an America's Best and I had similar concerns from both places. This particular site is very dark in the parking lot. If you get there during the day, you would be better off. I arrived at night and was given a room in the very back of the complex. In order to get to my room, I had to park in a dark lot, and walk through a dark, unlit walk way between 2 buildings and then try to find my room. There were large groups of people sitting outside and partying (it was almost 10pm). It was a rowdy group and I did not feel safe parking my car against a dark wall and then walking through their party alone to my room. I was worried about even getting out of my car. I went to the front and asked to have my room changed. The lady changed my room to the exact location, except just a couple doors closer to the dark walk way. That was not a fix in my eyes. I asked to just get my money back so I could go to a place that was safe and she moved me to the very front of the hotel. There was no one around, and the care was a few steps away from my room. I felt much better about it. The room was cleaner than the last location, however, there was a huge spider on the wall by the night stand. I felt uneasy there and if it hadn't been so late, I would have just found another place to go. I would definitely not recommend this place to stay. I slept with the light on over the bathroom sink.

Posted by on May 10, 2017

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3 out of 5

Room was average comfortable.

Cons: Poor breakfast, horrible lobby, poorly groomed desk staff
Lobby was awful and stunk. breakfast was a joke. We stayed here because the other hotels in the area were full.

Posted by , from Arkansas, USA on Oct 5, 2012

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2 out of 5

Americas Best Value Inn - Athens, TX

This hotel was a disappointment. The continental buffet consisted of 2 types of cereal, milk past the expiration date, and the cheapest white bread to be had, and coffee. That was it! The reception and breakfast area reeked of stale cigarettes - as the bar is connected to the reception area.

Posted by on Feb 1, 2010

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3 out of 5

Satisfactory Stay

Their location is easy to find. The front desk was friendly. The accommodations, however, were not as good as expected. The heat/air blows directly into the drapery and window making it extremely hard to get the room to a comfortable temperature. The bathroom was small and the shower curtain hadn't been cleaned recently. For anyone seeking a completely smoke free environment, this is not the place to stay. The lobby reeks of smoke because of the bar inside the lobby.

Posted by on Oct 8, 2008

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5 out of 5

Athens Best Western

This property is beautiful. The setting around the pool is very relaxing. The rooms on the upper floor have high vaulted ceilings. Rooms are large, clean, and very comfortable. Microwave, Fridge, ironing board and more are included. Book directly on the Best Western site for best prices.

Posted by on Jul 1, 2007

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About the Stay Express Inn Athens

Location 716 E. Tyler St, Athens, TX 75751

Property Features

Public spaces have free WiFi and wired Internet. Business amenities include a business center and a meeting room. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. An outdoor pool, a nightclub, and gift shops/newsstands are also featured at the business-friendly Stay Express Inn Athens. Free self parking is available. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Athens hotel.

  • 55 guestrooms or units
  • Nightclub
  • Bar or lounge
  • Business facilities
  • 1 conference room
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Gift shop
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Free self parking , RV, bus, truck parking


  • Airport: Tyler, TX (TYR-Pounds Regional) (52.8 km / 32.8 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Stay Express Inn Athens offers 55 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature safes and coffee/tea makers. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Televisions come with premium cable channels. Rooms have partially open bathrooms. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Bathrooms are partially open
  • Private balcony or patio
  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Air conditioning

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 5 AM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • Pets: USD 15.00 per pet, per night, plus a deposit of USD 15.00 per night
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information, you can reach out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • Staffed front desk
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • Debit cards


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Pet deposit: USD 15.00 per night
  • Pet fee: USD 15.00 per pet, per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

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You should know

  • Pool access available from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
  • To make arrangements to bring your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation (please see the Fees section for related charges).
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