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Motel Ely Budget Host
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Ely
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Reviewed 9 January 2011

i stayed here a while back while on a motorcycle trip with a bunch of buddies. Roger (he and his wife Debbie are the owners) was kind enough to place towels on our frosty seats the chillier morning. After riding around all day saturday, we came back to a clean room completely restocked. Sunday morning, on our way out of town, Roger not only recommended a restaurant for breakfast, he jumped on his Hog and led the way!

Roger also helped by providing tools to help me repair a gas leak I had. I don't think that's standard service, but then again I'm usually on my own camping or otherwise roughing it.

I found the owners of this motel to be very thoughtful in their hospitality. They knew what it's like to be on a bike for the weekend, and provided service accordingly.

This is not exactly the ritz, but it's a great place to lay your head while you're in town.

If you're wondering why I gave the "sleep quality" rating low is because my buddy snores like it's going out of style. The beds are quite comfortable and I would have otherwise slept like a rock!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 September 2010

This was approx. my 7-8th stay at the motel. Each an every time we have had a fabulous experience. The motel is conveniently located to downtown shopping, the rooms are always clean and very quiet for being close to a downtown setting. The staff is always very accomodating, helpful and friendly. My only regret is that I am not able to extend my stay and am unable to only travel to Ely once a year. The owners are very knowledgeable and familair with the area so they are able to act as excellent tour guides! Can't wait to go back in 2011!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 August 2010

This has been the only place I've ever stayed that I had to dial 911 from behind the front desk to get a Police Officer to come and check on the welfare of a missing employee.
A man unlocked our door and opened it while we were in the room, when we confronted him outside he held a room key with our number on it, so we went to the front desk to check his story and complain. A group had gathered in the lobby and no-one answered the phone or our repeated yelling up the stairs to the caretakers apartment. Officer came and climbed the stairs announcing "Police Deptmartment" over and over until he found the lady asleep in a chair and had to wake her. Now the unsafe part;
The keys to EVERY room are hanging right behind the counter and clearly labled! Any person with ill intent could simply reach over the counter and take whichever key they wanted! The man that entered our room found the key in his room (still don't know why he "tried it out" could have gotten himself shot), turns out the housekeeping left it there while cleaning???
Simply hotel safeguards should be in place to avoid a tragedy in the future.
Rooms had way too much "fabreeze" like product sprayed everywhere
Room #13 cold water didn't work, but did leak all over the bathroom sink
Room #3 had a hole in the wall that was stuffed with toilet paper (gross)
This motel has a 4 Lantern rating in the budget host book!?

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2008

We were one of four couples who stayed at the Budget Host when we were in Ely to pick up our kids from camp. We found the parking convenient, the rooms clean, and the staff super friendly. We called to say we would be checking in late and they offered to go in and turn on the A/C for us, and give our key to another in our party for our convenience.

The next morning my wife borrowed a hair dryer, and then the next day I realized I had left my glasses there. I called and they actually found them, and mailed them out to me.

Bottom line, nice friendly and clean. Convenient to Ely stores and restaurants.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 July 2005

Stayed at the Budget Host Inn in Ely, Minnesota (formerly known as the Ely Motel). We didn't stay in the hotel itself - we stayed in a house next door, which the hotel rents out as a cabin. We paid $129 for one night for the whole cabin.

The cabin was, for the most part, ideal for a large-ish group of campers about to go in to Quetico or the BWCA. It had 6 beds, split over two levels, a kitchen, a porch, but only one bathroom. It wasn't in great shape - lots of things needed maintenance or replacement. It was mostly pretty clean.

Two warnings about this cabin. First, it has no air conditioning. If you stay there on a hot summer day, it's hard to get the place cool at night. Second, as stated earlier, it has only one bathroom, which is a bit tight for a large group.

The staff was wonderful. They were very friendly, and they had everything ready for us on arrival. There was free breakfast (continental) outside in the morning.

For a group of 4 to 6 people, just staying the night and needing space to spread out their gear, this is an ideal spot. Nothing fancy, but it provides most of what you will need.

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Reviewed 15 September 2016
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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Address: 1047 E Sheridan St, Ely, MN 55731
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Region: United States > Minnesota > Ely
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Ely
Price Range: £58 - £106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Motel Ely Budget Host 2*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AAA rated. Free WIFI accessible from all rooms. Impeccably clean comfortable rooms. Fridge, micro, in room coffee, and phones in all rooms. Walking distance to downtown. ... more   less 
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