We were in Turlock during the time of Cal State Turlock's graduation, so hotel rooms were sparse. The chains we would have preferred were not available. We ended up staying 4 nights at the Best Western Orchard. I am sorry to say that I have a mixed review to give you:
ROOM TIP: TRAVELER BEWARE! Upstairs unit on the side away from the freeway is the room tip. You MUST ask for a room on the 'quiet side' as this two-story hotel/motel is located right alongside the busy 99 freeway which is heavy with trucks going up and down the Central Valley. The staff was kind enough to give me a 'quiet room', meaning an upstairs second floor room that did not have little kids running around overhead. There was a dog howling in the downstairs unit but only briefly until it adjusted to it's owners going out for dinner (or wherever). I did not see an elevator so if you have trouble climbing stairs, check into that.
INTERNET: UNRELIABLE! It was included with the room price, however, the traffic on the server frequently became overloaded. Once it froze up on me right when I was making a reservation for another hotel. You may find it busiest in the evening, when people are in their rooms for the night. I ended up using my iPAD and iPhone most of the time as the hotel wi-fi was unreliable.
BREAKFAST: I'D SAY FORGET IT! I'm sorry for those who gave you a raving review of how good the breakfast was in this motel/hotel, but there is a lot of improvement needed. We are seasoned travelers and I couldn't even eat this food. I'm posting some photos so you can judge for yourself some of what I say. I found the little muffins were stale and uneatable. I tried to feed them to the birds, and they wouldn't even eat them. The eggs (see the photo) were like little round rubber frisbees. I couldn't eat them. I did have a waffle serving, and it was hot, fresh and good. The sausage patty was decent. The yogurt was good but how can you ruin that? There was a slim selection of cereals (cold), and some packaged oatmeal. White bread for toast. Peanut butter and jelly packets. FRESH FRUIT? Apples that looked so old that I wondered where they got them. The juice was standard and decent. The coffee was acceptable even though other reviewers didn't like it.
Check out my photos. But if you've been to other hotels which offer breakfasts, you'll probably agree that this was slim pickings.
TIP: We wanted a decent breakfast, so we we drove 1 mile south on the 99 freeway and in that vicinity found the "Waffle Shop" and the "Hot Rod Cafe". Both offered really good breakfasts.
SLEEPING: EXCELLENT! In contrast to what other reviewers reported, we slept VERY WELL! The black out curtains did their job, the wall installed air conditioner worked and didn't make excessive noise, the mattress (king) was to our liking. The pillows were great. Housekeeping did a good job as the room, dressing area and bathroom, was always clean!
I'm really picky about a room being clean and a bed being comfortable, and they were, so that is why I do not rate this motel/hotel any lower than I am.
REFRIGERATOR & MICROWAVE: These were included which is always nice. So too a small coffee pot with the standard gear. Decent bath products.
LOCATION: CONVEIENT BUT HOLY COW! This place is in an ugly area, surrounded by dusty vacant lots. So if you're looking for beauty, keep looking. But, it is CONVENIENT to the 99 Freeway, and about 1 mile south, you'll find the major shopping and dining areas of Turlock, plus the other hotels. You'll have to go quite a way north on the 99 to get to Modesto though. If Modesto is your destination, check the map so you won't be surprized at how far away it is.
COSTCO: There is a Costco nearby (across the freeway) if you need gas and are a member. For us, that is always a plus.
STAFF: Generally friendly and helpful.
SUMMARY: For this level of motel/hotel, I would say it's about average. Personally, I'd rate it at 2 stars. Would we stay there again? Only if there were no other hotels in the area available. But like I said, we did sleep well....so that is a plus. And, for that, we're grateful!
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