Stayed recently for two nights. Room was very hot, they couldn't get the air conditioning working. Fans were brought in. Very loud. Had to unplug the in-room refridgerator because it made so much noise it kept us awake at night. The room was nicely appointed, however, the bathroom needs upgrading, and the bedspread did not look like it had been washed in a good while. We ate breakfast there only once and it wasn't anything special. Staff was very nice. We think that one of the owners was there late on our second evening there. He was not in the least bit friendly and actually seemed annoyed that we would ask for an early breakfast the next day to accommodate our schedule. We ended up not getting breakfast and he gave us a slight break on the nightly rate. Can't really recommend it as a great place to stay. Proximity to the college is the greatest plus for this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secret Garden is an intimate, European-style Boutique Hotel one block from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. Within walking distance to Matthew Knight Arena, Track City – Hayward Field, Steve Prefontaine’s Memorial, Hendricks Park, Autzen Stadium, Willamette River and riverside bike paths, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Maude Kerns Art Center, Beall Concert Hall and several Restaurants including Agate Ally, Beppe & Gianni’s Trattoria, Studio One Cafe, Wild Duck and McMenamins. In the late 1990s when Becky Kaiser became steward of this stately home once owned by the Baker family of the distinguished newspaper, the Eugene Register Guard. She brought with her the aura of her grandfather, Henry Kaiser, known as the father of modern American ship building. As the small inn’s proprietor, Becky Kaiser developed its themed charm from the book The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.Since May 2008 when Don Flinn assumed ownership, Secret Garden’s charming staff continues the tradition of providing a sophisticated level of comfort and courtesy. The common rooms consist of a large lobby with intimate seating areas with fireplaces, two large dining rooms & gorgeous gardens ideal for weddings, meetings and social gatherings. Delicious on site catering provided and the attention to detail to create your perfect event. The staff enjoys sharing knowledge of the recreational pleasures of the Willamette Valley including the annual Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon Mozart Players, Prefontaine Classic, UofO Football & Basketball games, NCAA Track & Field, wine tastings at nearby King Estates and always golf, especially at Bandon Dunes on the Oregon coast. (Ask about Secret Garden’s limo service available for your excursions.) ... more less