We were in Oregon to attend a family member's graduation. When you search for accommodations in McMinnville Oregon, you don't get many results. When you search last minute, you are really limited! That being said, it basically came down to the McMinnville Inn and Motel 6. Based on reviews, motel 6 was out.
Front desk staff is very limited: Basically, it is one employee at any time. Check-in went quick enough however in between phone calls. There is an old Dell computer in the lobby with a printer that can be used to print travel documents or directions. There seems to always be coffee on hand. There is a free breakfast and while it is very small, it does the job. The selections include a waffle maker; 2 cereals; pastries and mini muffins; coffee; juices and Milk. One rather odd experience was during the only morning we ate breakfast there with our teenage children, the front desk clerk kept hovering around watching us. It certainly wasn't to be attentive because when the almost empty syrup bottle ran out, I had to go get one from another table. We were not loud or messy so it was quite odd and uncomfortable. He wasn't doing it when a group of adults had been eating there.
Anyway, on to the important part; the room. First of all, it was clean which is probably the biggest concern most people would have. This is definitely an older motel that has had some updating. The good part about that is that the rooms are HUGE and from an era where they didn't try to squeeze every dollar possible out of every square foot. The bad part is that some of the edges are still a little rough. There was a little bit of a musty smell which wasn't bad but an hour or two with an ozone generator might have done wonders.The room had a sink in the bathroom and outside of the bathroom and both were redone in granite and new porcelain. The bad was that there was no transition piece from the carpet to the tile which left a ragged bit of carpet and carpet tacks sticking out (They did send a nice guy over to hammer the tacks down). Also, the knob on the bathtub faucet pull lever to divert water to the shower head was an electrical contractor's wire splice twist on cap. The shower head in our tub was very low as well which is probably a result of the era in which it was plumbed.
There is a desk and large piece of furniture that houses the micro wave and large dorm fridge as well as a few drawers for clothes. The TV was a 32 LCD. There are a few lights but the room can be rather dark if you do not open the blinds.
If cleanliness is the primary concern for most travelers, then the Bed is likely the second. The bed itself was decent but on the firm side of hotel mattresses. The linen was nice and clean. The thing that killed our sleep however was the pillows. They were massive and gave about as much as a zip lock bag full of air. They were all the same unlike some hotels that will give you two different types of pillow. I don't really know who would pick these massive bean bag chair things to lay their head against however (note, I didn't say lay your head ON). A note to travelers is to bring your own pillow if at all possible, even if you have to carry it on the airplane.
The location is good. It is just at the point where McMinnville turns from modern big box store strip mall sprawl to the charming historical 3rd street area. The high school is about 2 blocks away and the biggest amenity is the best darn Taco stand I have ever eaten at just on the other end of the parking lot outside of the Tequila Grill. There is a grocery outlet across the street that is excellent for getting waters or anything you may have forgotten except a nice pillow.
As much as I would like to blast this hotel because of the poor sleep I got with the pillow, it really is probably the best choice in McMinnville outside of the Bed and Breakfasts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- McMinnville Inn is a family owned hotel in the heart of the wine country in Willamette valley. We are only a few minutes drive to our historic downtown where world class restaurants and tasting rooms are located. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Americas Best Value Hotel Mcminnville
- Safari Hotel Mcminnville