Baker City is a dull, stagnate town of just under 10,000. Most residents will tell you the city officials like it that way even if they do not. Lodgers will find just about every motel in some state of decay and deterioration. The Sunridge Inn shows its age, but it is still the best game in town. I have been able to confirm that new owners purchased the Sunridge about January, 2017. One person told me they are planning to spend over one million dollars improving it; another had not heard that but stated the new owners sold other properties and that it makes sense they would use the money to improve this prime piece of real estate.
Rooms are about $100.00 per night, and although that makes it one of the most expensive in Baker City, I think it is the best deal. [We booked four nights on hotel.com and our total, including taxes, was $372.00. That price included a nice breakfast for each of us each morning (or $5.00 off the entire bill if you prefer). The two of us stayed in a large, clean room with a kingsize bed.]
What Sunridge presently lacks in newness they make up for in personnel (see last paragraph for an example). I have often said you don’t know who you are dealing with until you have a problem. We had a couple of issues and the staff took care of them quickly and in a friendly manner. Sarah, the manager, mentioned that many staff were out sick (this has been a severe flu season throughout the Northwest) and she was forced to place some employees in temporary positions they were not quite yet trained for—while she was working a number of double shifts, trying to fill the gaps. I think it would be too much to ask for a better, friendlier, more accommodating, and helpful group of hotel employees.
ACCOMMODATIONS INCLUDE an outdoor swimming pool (closed for the winter), seven or eight Tesla Charging Stations, a busy bar, free WiFi, free parking, a full service restaurant (Serving meals hot does not seem to be their specialty, but it’s okay. Alas! A dying art.), and banquet and conference rooms. Sunridge is located one block off the main I-84 Exit to Baker City. Oh! and cookies are available at the checkin desk in the evening.
There are a variety of eateries close by including three Chinese, at least one Mexican, a Papa Murphy’s, a hard-to-find Dairy Queen, McDonalds, and the ever popular Inland Cafe. Gasoline prices are typical of the entire I-84 Freeway in Oregon. A Safeway and Rite Aid are just up the street.
We were having breakfast one morning when a young mother with two small children came in. The boy of about four years-old was crying loudly. (Some crying needs to be rebuked, some are legitimate calls for help. I couldn’t figure this one out.) I have found that a momentary, humorous distraction is often enough to quell the situation long enough to restore peace and quiet. As I was deftly approaching their booth, Shannon, our server, came to their booth and I heard the mother asking if they could just have their order “To Go.” Shannon placed her hand on the mother’s shoulder and told her she wouldn’t hear of it and escorted her to a small unoccupied Banquet Room about twenty feet from where they were sitting. (I later learned the boy was autistic.) As we were leaving I saw Shannon opening the door to the banquet room juggling three full plates with the other hand—as only servers can do. Now this may be exceptional service—and I think it was—and Shannon may not have been able to have done this on another occasion, but this tends to define the personnel at the Best Western Sunridge Inn in Baker City, Oregon! less