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Review of 3rd Street Flats

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3rd Street Flats
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Alton, Illinois
Level Contributor
85 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Like a home away from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2013

My husband & I stayed in the 1st flat for two nights and it was perfect for us.
From the moment we walked in there was a comfortableness that surpasses any hotel room or even bed and breakfast as you know you have complete freedom and privacy. It really is like your own apartment.
We loved the tall ceilings and the comfortable furniture. I also found it very pleasant the way one room was painted in warm colors and the other in cool. It was a nice transition and has a calming effect.
All over are small touches that make a big difference, from the wine and chocolates that greet you on the table to the locally made soap in the bathroom (which smelled amazing).
I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again if I'm ever back out that way.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2012

We stayed in The 2nd Flat for two nights. The room had a really creative vibe to it, and the pictures on the website accurately portray the room. Nice big kitchen, though we didn't really use it much. I thought it strange that despite the name of the flat "Olio e Aceto" there wasn't any oil in the kitchen (however, Harvest Fresh is less than a block away, and you can buy oil there). The kitchen did have an array of herbs and plenty of kitchen utensils though. Also, note that there's no fan above the stove, so be careful of what you cook.

The bedroom was quite small, but intimate and nice, and the bed was very comfortable. It's not an easy bed for two if both of you get up in the middle of the night, but we didn't have that problem.

The bathroom was even smaller, but quite functional. Cool claw foot bathtub with a shower option that I would suggest they remove. It was quite difficult to shower without getting things wet or surrounding yourself completely with a plastic shower curtain, and with the tub flush to the wall, where you do place things? It was awkward and not terribly feasible. It might work better as a tub-only unit. Anyway, it just added to the funkiness of the flat.

Being the late fall, we used the heaters in the flat quite a bit. We couldn't find the control for the heater in the bedroom, so we called the management. Someone helped us out ten minutes after the call. Other than that we didn't hear from anyone in management and we didn't need to.

Note that the location is very close to good restaurant options and Harvest Fresh, but there was some street noise every night, from drunken students to overly thorough street sweepers. It wasn't a big deal to us, but if you are noise-sensitive you might want to note this.

Parking was less of an issue than I originally thought. Street parking and lot parking was generally available, and because it's two hour parking from 9am to 6pm, it really means that you only need to clock watch if you are parked from 11am to 4pm.

Finally, note that you need to navigate 25 steps (with a small landing around the 17th or 18th) to get to the flats. There's no elevator. The steps are not tall, steep, nor slippery, and there's a handrail. While not accessible, it wasn't very challenging to do.

Overall, we really enjoyed the 3rd Street Flats. It was a great alternative to B&Bs, and I wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rmh66
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Renton, Washington
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89 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2012

We stayed one night at the 3rd Street Flats in their smallest flat #1. It was very comfortable and quiet. Enjoyed the 'apartment-like' feel of the unit as opposed to staying in a hotel room. LaRambla restaurant is downstairs and around the corner; very good food.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TravelinLady_77
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Bellevue, Washington
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24 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2012

We stayed in Flat #4, the largest flat, for two nights. The flats are located on the cute main street of downtown McMinnville, which is a good base for exploring the Willamette wine country. There is a grocery store across the street from the flats, and plenty of restaurants within walking distance. (Note: Most restaurants in downtown McMinnville are closed on Sunday and Monday night. La Rambla, a tapas place on the same block as the flats, is open both nights and serves good food).

Flat #4 has good-sized living room, a full kitchen and a separate dining area. Flat #4 would have rated a "5" rather than a "4" if I could describe the bathroom as "small," but a more accurate description is "miniscule."

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank niente
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Washington DC
Level Contributor
31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2012

Terrific flat, great location, attentive management. We stayed three nights in late August while visiting the Willamette wine country. The Flats are lovely, comfortable and very convenient to McMinnville and the entire wine region. We stayed in the 4th Flat, the largest. It was great to have a real apartment to ramble in, and a real kitchen was nice. We stayed on Monday and Tuesday, slow nights in wine country, so cooking at home was an option. Beds are great, large windows, quiet, and well ventilated by the large lovely windows. A huge plus is a washer/dryer down the hall. The decor is Very Nice, perhaps a little too decorator. It felt a bit like we were living in a show room and avoiding large vases and piles of pillows. My two complaints are minor; 1. No directions for the TV - we're luddites and needed the instructions. 2. Dim lights in the kitchen, due to a temporary building renovation that occurred during our stay, the windows were covered with plastic while the exterior of the building was painted, dimming the abundant natural light through those enormous windows. Several fixtures had burned out or were missing bulbs so the kitchen was darker than usual. On the plus side; management had provided an AC unit for our use while the windows were sealed, the AC unit was quiet, efficient and appreciated. The painters were very polite and took the time to tell us when and how we could open the windows. An inconvenient situation was made pleasant by an observant management team, who made sure we were aware of the issues when we arrived and provided free wine tastings for the inconvenience. Their attention to details like that was noted and appreciated. All in all we would happily return to 3rd St Flats, for a longer stay, to see through those amazing windows, and of course more wine. We would strongly recommend the Flats for anyone familiar with the European tradition of flat rentals. So much nicer than a hotel room.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KBSilverSpring
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Carlsbad, California
Level Contributor
24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2012

Stayed here for two nights while visiting wine country. These flats are so unique. A word of caution....we stayed Sunday and Monday nights. Lots of shops and restaurants closed really early or were not opened at all. When we travel there again we will time our stay outside these days so we can enjoy the town a bit more. I will stay here again, no doubt. Absolutely lovely and comfy to boot.

The only negative thing is I am now addicted to the dark chocolate caramels with sea salt!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SoCalEye
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College Station, Texas
Level Contributor
43 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2012

We stayed at the flats for the first time this June while visiting the Willamette Valley and loved it! My new husband and I stayed in the 4th flat (absolutely amazing!) and my parents stayed in the 2nd flat. Both were wonderfully decorated! The Honest chocolates that were waiting on us when we arrived were so good, we went to the shop several times to get more! I loved having a full kitchen and enough space to spread out. The air conditioner in the 2nd flat was a little spotty, but luckily it was cool enough to open the windows, so it did not much matter to us!

We wish that we were able to stay longer. The city of McMinnville is darling and the Farmer's market on Thursdays was awesome. We have never tasted strawberries that were that good in our lives!

My husband and I will be back when we can stay longer!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank honeybear15
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Additional Information about 3rd Street Flats

Property: 3rd Street Flats
Address: 219 NW Cowls St., McMinnville, OR 97128
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Region: United States > Oregon > McMinnville
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in McMinnville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — 3rd Street Flats 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Featured in Sunset Magazine ~ A new style of accommodations in Oregon's Wine Country, 3rd Street Flats offers guests the stylish touches of a hotel, the hospitality of a bed & breakfast, and all the amenities of a vacation rental. Inspired by our own European travels and a desire for authentic travel experiences, we offer guests the chance to rent their own apartment in the heart of Historic Downtown McMinnville. Stay for a night or stay for a week, but stay long enough to fully experience the amazing food and wine that's all just a few steps away. ... more   less 
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