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“Great location, great room, great service”
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

We arrived after hours - and all arrangements as expected. The flat was great (we stayed in Olio e Aceto) - like being in a cool loft rather than something like a Residence Inn. Location is great. The flats overlook the street where the Thursday farmers market tales place.
Even though right on the street, no noise at night. The flats are just 2 doors down from a wine\chocolate\cheese shop. And one block from the main street of restaurants and shops. The town is in the middle of wine country, Hard to beat this...


And the owners, Brian and Erin are great to work with.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 August 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed our two nights in Flat #4 very much. We loved the full kitchen, the huge bed, and lovely furnishings. Yes, the bath is small, but adequate. The only real down side is that there is no air conditioning for the height of summer. No big deal for much of the year, I'm sure. The temporary unit provided was too noisy to run while sleeping, but certainly better than none. We loved the large windows, the exposed brick, and the location was awesome. Will definitely stay again when in the area.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

We stayed in the 2nd flat and absolutely loved the experience! We were welcomed by a great bottle of wine and two chocolates. The flat is very spacious and well decorated.

We had four people stay in this flat and they provided an inflatable mattress and extra bedding and towels for us. The bathroom was a little snug, but it was expected because the owner called us beforehand and explained it would be tight with four people.

Location is perfect in downtown McMinnville. Grocery store, shopping, restaurants and a few tasting rooms are all in walking distance.

We'll definitely stay again!

Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
1  Thank Nicole D
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

We spent 4 nights in Flat #4 and felt very comfortable. It was liking having your own apartment right in the heart of this quaint town. The owners have thought of everything (fully equipped kitchen, umbrellas in a cute upright holder, picnic basket and supplies) and all of the furnishings and linens are nicely appointed.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

We stayed in Flat Four for 3 nights. Kitchen, living area, dining room and bedroom were quite large. The rooms were all nicely decorated with very comfortable seating and quite enjoyable lounge area. Perfect location as only a few blocks from great restaurants in the area.

I would definitely recommend staying here and I would re-book this hotel on future trips.

Just a few things to be aware of:
As other reviewers have mentioned the bathroom is tiny - in fact, smaller than any European bathroom I have seen. While I appreciate the fact that this is a historic building, it would be nice if at least the shower head was upgraded. While I know this sounds nit-picky, for $255/night would think they could use better than 1 ply industrial TP ;)

Also if you are a light sleeper be aware that you can hear traffic from 3rd street. Very quiet during most hours and very tranquil but I could easily hear revving trucks/sirens a few times during the night.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

I love the rooms decor and spacious living areas, very lovely. Now to the more practical issues. Flat 4 has a bathroom the size one might expect to find in a prison cell, knees hit the wall if using the toilet, sink is so low and tiny a toddler could access it without a lift from a parent. No tub, only a tiny shower, can't find anywhere to place toiletries. (not so bad if a single traveler, but still ridiculously small compared to the over sized rooms in the rest of the flat.) Several other fun problems manifested as the day went on. We had to go to the store and purchase soap for the kitchen, paper clips to close the curtains,(decorative only, not functional) as the sun blazes in at 6:00 a.m. and the blinds only go half way up the massive windows. Also purchased shampoo and condition, no tiny little bottles here, and earplugs to drown out the very loud street noise. I really wanted to love this place, too many basic comforts have been overlooked, won't return. The price was also twice as high as a suite in a neighboring hotel. Think we're leaving early and forfeiting a nights room fee, need a good night's sleep and a bathroom I don't get bruised in each time I enter.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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3SF, Owner at 3rd Street Flats, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2013

Thank you. We always appreciate hearing from our guests, whether they are raving about their stay or sharing concerns. While you said you liked the décor in the 4th Flat, you did highlight a few concerns, and we’d like to address them for you. We are very sorry that the experience was not up to your expectations.
You are 100% correct, the 4th Flat does indeed have a small bathroom. 3rd Street Flats is housed in the historic McMinnville Bank Building, built in 1885, and bathrooms were indeed an after thought, added long after the original construction. The building has oodles of history and character, but does not have large bathrooms. Because our building is on the historic registry, this couldn’t be addressed during our remodel. When we get a chance to talk to guests ahead of time and they ask about bathrooms, we let them know that if it’s a big bathroom they are after, there are probably better places for them to stay. If they would like their own apartment in the heart of downtown, and don’t plan to spend a lot of time in the bathroom, we’re a great fit.
And since we are a vacation rental and not a hotel, we do not provide shampoo and conditioner. To help guests understand this distinction, we provide this information in the ‘Tips for a Great Stay’ portion of the email they get after booking. We also provide large bottles of shampoo and conditioner in our laundry room, for guests who have forgotten theirs at home. We are however sorry that this information missed you.
All of our flats are intended for two guests, but when people request additional guests we accommodate them with inflatable bedding. The bedroom in the 4th Flat has wooden blinds and a curtain, and truly no one has ever mentioned the bedroom not being dark enough. The living room however has floor to ceiling windows that do indeed just have privacy shades. There is also a large skylight in the dining room, so if people are sleeping in the living room it will indeed be bright when the sun comes up.
And because we are located in the heart of a vibrant downtown with 13 wines bars, and many other bars and pubs, we can not guarantee that late night revelers will not stop for a minute or two under your window. We rarely have issues with noise, but we surely cannot promise that noise will not be an issue-and we don’t, when asked. We would always direct guests who want to come to wine country for peace and quiet to contact one of the B&Bs located on a vineyard, far away from the fun atmosphere of downtown McMinnville.
Finally, as to your feedback on price, we feel very comfortable with our rates. The suite at McMenamins down the street is a king sized bed in a bedroom with a small sitting area and a bathroom. It does not include a kitchen with a breakfast bar, a living room with a fireplace, a dining room with a built in bar, skylights or a complimentary bottle wine and chocolate on arrival. McMenamins is great and is priced well for what they offer, but we feel we are as well.

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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
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Address: 219 NW Cowls St., McMinnville, OR 97128
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Region: United States > Oregon > McMinnville
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in McMinnville
Price Range: £185 - £253 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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