Where do I begin?
We pulled into Upper Lake after drama on the fire roads in the adjacent Mendocino Forest, very late on a Saturday night. Five of us had been on an off road motorcycle ride, ended up leaving two bikes behind due to breakdowns, and used the remaining 3 to get to town. It was hot, it took hours, we were exhausted.
Host Kevin recognized we were a bit frazzled, and made our check in process very quick and easy - we booked 5 rooms and were in them a few minutes after arriving.
We had no expectations, since we were just coming in off the road and needed shelter. But I was shocked to find my room had recently been remodeled with hard wood floors, comfortable new furniture, and an air conditioning unit that worked really well and wasn't really loud and rattly. I was very glad that the room was so nice, and felt bad that my dirty riding gear was defiling it!
There was a pool and hot tub I didn't take advantage of, and near one of the ice machines I noticed a washer and dryer, which is nice to have access to.
But really, I want to talk about Kevin and Krishna.
When we pulled in late at night, Kevin was very gracious and accommodating, and as I mentioned earlier, very expeditious. He suggested we leave the bikes under the carport by the front door and he'd keep an eye on them overnight.
The following morning, Krishna was running the counter, and as other guests shuffled in and out for the complimentary breakfast, it was impossible not to see that we were in some sort of situation, as we only had our riding gear with us, no change of clothes, no toiletries. Nuthin. We sent our 3 buddies on their way, and my friend and I stayed back to recover our dead bikes. We needed some time and space to make a plan, and the morning is ticking away, check-out is soon...
Our phones were dead, but a charger was found, only it was super so short that I couldn't use the phone and charge it, so Krishna offered to help and looked up things online for us. We couldn't find any off road towing to get our bikes, or quad rentals to do it ourselves, and were out of options. It was Sunday and nothing was open.
Krishna then offered to delay the cleaning of our rooms so that we could linger and use the room phones to make calls while the cell phones charged.
Randomly, another couple also staying there heard what was going on, couldn't believe it, and offered to help. There's a really long story here that doesn't pertain to this review, but results in
my buddy staying behind, rescuing the bikes, and this couple driving me all the way home to San Francisco on their way back to the peninsula - Thanks again John and September!
After recovering the bikes, my buddy goes back to Super 8, but gets there after all delivery options are closed, and there's nothing nearby. Kevin is back on duty, gets the desk covered, and says "yeah you're not going to find anything around here" - then offers to take my friend to Carl's Jr a few towns over at 10:00 at night! Himself!!! In the morning, he helped my buddy get to the U Haul, where he was finally able to take it from there.
Here's the thing - by so graciously and impulsively offering us such personal assistance, Kevin and Krishna really took some of the pressure off of our predicament, and it allowed us to clear our heads and make a strategy. The fact that they both took such a personal interest in the well being of their guests is truly the definition of Hosting.
This is the kind of experience usually described as "Concierge Service" by the hospitality industry, and is normally only reserved for luxury/executive level accommodations. We were happy and relieved to have a clean comfortable place to sleep; we were totally impressed with the quality of their operation, and the sincerity of their approach. Certainly not something I was expecting in Upper Lake!!!
I will make excuses to go and stay here again just to support a business like that. You should too. Tell em Big Daddy Dave sent ya!
Thanks again guys! We all got home safe!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stop in to our Super 8 Upper Lake, CA hotel near Clear Lake for a well-deserved break from the road. Located at the Gateway to the Mendocino National Forest — and close to Running Creek Casino, Robinson Rancheria Casino, Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Lake County Fairgrounds. Our Upper Lake hotel is a comfortable spot to call it a night in northern California. Free Wi-Fi Internet access and in-room microwave and refrigerator are just a few of the dependable amenities we offer, and suites with in-room whirlpool tubs are available. Have a barbeque in the picnic area, swim in our outdoor pool or soak in the whirlpool. Kids 17 and under stay free with an adult at our pet-friendly hotel. We offer plenty of parking for your bus, truck, RV or boat and we provide outdoor outlets to recharge them. In the morning, join us in our newly-renovated breakfast area for free 8-item SuperStart breakfast bonanza. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Super Eight Upper Lake
- Upper Lake Super Eight
- Upper Lake Super 8
- Super 8 Upper Lake Lake County, California