We made advance reservations, and were in our last several days of a lengthy road trip when we stayed at Movie Manor for 2 nights. While the motel has a rather run down appearance from the road, it offers a good value and a unique experience. Check-in and breakfast are in the building nearest to the road, while guest rooms are in a long 2-story building with entry on the side opposite the movie screen. There are steep exterior stairs to the 2nd floor rooms. Each room number is associated with an old time actor’s name, making it easier to remember which room you’re in.
Check-in was smooth and efficient, and the desk clerk was very helpful and friendly.
Ours was a second floor queen room. The room was very spacious, comfortable and quiet. The bed was rather soft, but we slept well. We enjoyed having a table and 2 comfortable chairs, which we moved in front of the picture window to watch the movie. The decor is very dated.
The bathroom area is well separated from the sleeping area, and the toilet and tub/shower were in a separate room. There was plenty of hot water.
Breakfast offerings included hot (eggs, sausage, biscuit, gravy) and cold (cereal, danishes, yogurt, hardcooked eggs), plus breads, juices and coffee. There was also an “oatmeal bar” with a variety of toppings. The attendant was friendly.
There is a restaurant next door, within easy walking distance, that appears to be associated with the motel and drive-in. We didn’t try it. Other restaurants are a few miles away.
The movie playing during our stay was dark, making it difficult to see...and while it was a recent film, it wasn’t particularly entertaining. To make matters worse, headlights from cars on the road interfered with visibility. Perhaps viewing would have been better in a different room. Sound was passable, only slightly staticy. There were maybe 7 or 8 cars in the drive-in lot.
The overall experience at a Movie Manor was a unique one, but watching a movie at the drive in is your main reason for choosing this motel, be sure to ask for a room away from the road...and maybe find out ahead of time what’s playing.
Mike S, General Manager at Best Western Movie Manor, responded to this review
Thank you for staying at Best Western Movie Manor. We are happy you enjoyed our breakfast and friendly staff. We are sorry you were having trouble viewing the film from your room. The movie was a darker film and it was hard to see from the rooms. We give our guests the option to watch the movie from the room or drive into the film for free. Again we are sorry for the film being dark and we hope you can give us a second chance with staying with us. Safe and happy travels.