The hotel is central for visits in the area. What has become the annual sojourn to central Oregon now involves staying at the BW Madras rather that Prineville or Sisters as it offers very attentive staff, serviceable breakfasts, clean pleasant rooms with good beds. Sadly, though, the ever so important hot tub was no operating. This is a 1st and wish we had checked with hotel before arriving. The hot tub has played a part of the evening relaxation especially when you've been out on field trips and need some extra R & R. The pool was open. It is adjacent to 1 of 2 buildings with room; but this year it was more of a curse than a blessing with extremely loud children screaming in the water, around the pool, outside the pool fence and the passage ways and within feet to other occupants rooms. These children were staying at the farthest set of rooms from the location of the pool. Not sure how the hotel could gently convey a request the PARENTS of the pool users to be appreciative of the other guests and to try and attend to them when they left their room; rather than to leave them on their own. Not sure what the laws are in Oregon for kids to be out without parents -but with the configuration of the buildings and an alley that runs through the property- there must be some kind of security issues or regulations, if not laws. This was really brought home the night 3 pseudo homeless young and wired people were roaming the parking lot, sidewalks and alley for several hours from light to sundown. Finally it was time to strike up a conversation and say hi. Aside from being visibly nervous and taken aback they responded with rapid, incoherent babble and eventually slide away into the night.
But the kicker was soon to come. The night the travelling bikers took up residence at the pool was an experience. I always thought glass bottles or glass of any kind were not permitted around a pool. On this occasion the pool was suddenly occupied these men and women of leather chaps and 'cool helmuts'. The event as experienced, voluntarily or not, by fellow travelers whose rooms situated on 2 floors around 2 sides of the pool would have been exposed to the sounds of 'a party' of perhaps 4, sounding like 8 guests until 10 or 10:30 ish when they would be forced (by the turning off of lights) to take 'it' somewhere else (like say your rooms?) however .... there was a form of interlude to the 'happenings' at the pool when the pizza delivery person to pool-side (resembling something out of SNL) withstood the reprimand for the lack of anchovies. In desperation the poor delivery person brought to their attention the best she could in attempting to salvage her tips by stating " I brought extra jalapenos !" whereby the 'tribe' actually brought the sound level down a bit and joined in caucus to determine the tip while several occupants of on looking rooms were forcibly made witnesses. I would think this activity, while as 'guests' at the BW Madras, or anywhere, could prove to be awkward to suggest a modicum of awareness of others within a block radius and their need for peace, by any employee. All of the attributes of this BW overshadows the fact that all traffic, which includes long haul semis, moving south in central Oregon, is but a few feet from the lobby door. The grounds plan must have taken this into consideration and for that reason rooms are situated to another end of the property - well done! However the 'party-hearty' or 'come alive for a $1.05' inspired 'persons' could not be preplanned in the event of their invasion to an establishment; not at the BW Madras, not at the Four Seasons Vancouver or the Sheraton Villa Burnaby. Full service hotels have 'security' personnel to handle 'the thoughtless' whereas this little motel has but 1 or 2 employees attending to the needs of their guests. It's a pity that some folks behave poorer than had "they'd been raised by wolves" .
At the time we were guests there was a crew in from Utah on a combination work/vacation trip in a couple of company pickups who bided their leisure time on a limited patch of grass off the parking lot. Every evening they quietly set up their fabulous bar-b-q, made dinner and enjoyed adult beverage. Their effect was the opposite of the 'weekend wanna-be bikers'. The hardworking G. O. Boys offered remnants of that evenings steaks to the visiting dogs at BW. They were remarkably kind, considerate, always friendly and almost made others feel like, for a very short time, you were part of a community. They worked hard and the played nice with others and we really really hope to see them their again. Word to the BW Madra - please get that hot tub working as there are folks working, retired and inbetweeners who could have truly used it.
We will return - and to think - who needs a TV ? A stay here can be like being in the middle of a reality-tv show ? The entertainment can be up to YOU.
The beds are good. The rooms are clean. The location is the location. The staff are accommodating and kind. We will call ahead to the desk to ensure the tub is up and running on the next visit. .
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