I booked this hotel via Priceline Express for a non-refundable rate of $85/night. Situated across the street from the University of Oregon, its layout is primarily in a large open one-story square. Guest parking is free and most guests park in front of their exterior door; this is a typical motor hotel layout.
Front desk: Not the friendliest at check-in but it got the job done after a long drive. The gal working the desk when I left was modestly friendly.
Room: I was placed at the side furthest from the road, which also bordered the creek in the back. Visible from the room’s window, it wasn’t particularly scenic but ensured that there would not be too much noise. The neighboring rooms could be a bit boisterous but it was to be expected since there was a lot of turnover in the morning and evening hours. Due to its location, I think there are a lot of college parents staying here as well as interstate travelers making an overnight stop here.
The room is large but showing its age: one queen bed with a slightly lumpy mattress, quality bed sheets but a bit thin bath towels, ample work desk, an armchair and ottoman, large flat-screen TV, microwave and mini-fridge, small closet, and a well-worn but functional bathroom. The air conditioner was quite loud: the positive is that it drowned out any chatter from passing guests but the negative is that it drowned out the TV and would make it difficult to sleep through. I pack foam earplugs so this solved the noise issue while allowing me to keep the room cool at night.
Housekeeping was spectacular each day in making up my bed, taking the trash, vacuuming, and restocking the bath supplies. It was great to see them each day in the halls attending to the other rooms and I enjoyed leaving them each day’s tip for a job well done. A special compliment for keeping the carpets clean – I often wear a pair of socks in the room to avoid tracking dirt into bed and the socks were largely clean at the end of the visit. Maintenance staff was also seen moving with energy through the property.
Free breakfast: I like the fact that guests have to use their key card to enter the building with the breakfast area. The breakfast was a standard buffet: cereals, milk, juice, coffee, yogurt, eggs, meats, and waffles were all present. The highlight was one staff member who carefully tended to replenishing and tidying up; she also cheerfully answered guest requests. I made a point of handing her a tip to acknowledge that a great attitude should be rewarded – I wish I got her name!
Overall, this motor hotel is a good value for a short stay in the cute college town of Eugene. If you want luxury, you'll need to find another place. Visitors could easily be happy with this property, whether due to a visit to U of O or exploring the local area.
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