Founded in 1827 and nicknamed “the city of southern charm”, Jackson County’s sleepy Marianna is a world away from the theme parks and crowded, chic beaches Florida is known for. Budget motels and big-name chains close to the I-10 make it easy to explore this historical little city, with its civil war obelisk and traditional courthouse, spring-fed rivers and famous limestone caverns.
Fairfield Inn and Suites Marianna
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There’s no need to dread work trips when staying at the Fairfield Inn & Suites: when you are in town for business, you will appreciate this hotel’s same-day dry cleaning service, free local and long-distance calls, discounts in local restaurants and coin-operated laundry facilities. Rooms come with a well-lit desk and ergonomic chair, while the lobby offers a small convenience store, daily hot breakfasts and even free chocolate chip cookies to welcome you back after a long day.
Just off the I-10, the sweeping driveway, ample truck parking and fluttering American flag of the Comfort Inn are a heaven-sent sight after a long drive. Inside, the hotel has a grand high-ceilinged lobby, a seasonal outdoor pool as well as microwaves and fridges in every room. King one-bed suites come with a heart-shaped hot tub if you’re craving pampering. When hunger strikes, there are Mexican, Chinese and pizza restaurants within walking distance, although the hotel recommends trying local dumplings at nearby Po’Folks.
Super 8 by Wyndham ticks all the boxes for those looking for an accessible hotel in Marianna. Excellent accessible amenities include the outdoor pool, the on-site restaurant, suitable parking, specially adapted guestrooms and trained staff to make your vacation hassle-free. With large family rooms and free eight-item breakfasts, the hotel is also pet-friendly, meaning the whole family can come along for the trip.
First-time visitors to Marianna are in great hands at this hotel just near the city’s Municipal Airport. Close to the I-10 and handy for attractions in both Georgia and Florida, car, bike and boat rentals can be arranged from the hotel itself to maximize time spent exploring this charming Jackson County city and beyond. The lobby newsstand can provide ideas of where to go, while details of what’s on can be found in the free weekday newspaper supplied to every guest.
Just 1 mile (1.6km) from the glorious Chipotle River, Days Inn by Wyndham is the ideal gateway to the great outdoors if you are looking to get active on your vacation. There are canoeing and fishing opportunities close by. Florida Caverns State Park and Merritt’s Mill Pond are both a 15-minutes drive away if you fancy hiking, kayaking or even scuba-diving through underwater cavern systems. In-room microwaves and refrigerators mean it’s easy to relax and recover between days of adventure.