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“Unique, but not for everyone” 4 of 5 stars
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Wildflower Village Hotels and Hostel
4275-4395 West Fourth St., Reno, NV 89523   |  
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Ranked #26 of 65 hotels in Reno
Utah
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Unique, but not for everyone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

This is a very interesting place, and surely not for everyone. My husband and I stayed just one night on our way to California and thought it was different and fun. Certainly not a run-of-the-mill chain motel. We didn't want to stay at a casino and the price was right at $55 before tax. We had to look around a little before we found the owner and were able to check in.Check-in wasn't fast, but we weren't in a hurry, so it was fine and the owner was interesting and fun to talk to. The motel section we stayed in was painted and decorated to look like a little French village (see photos.) The property is old but well cared for and the dated decor just adds to the charm. The rooms have no TVs and no phones. We enjoyed the convenience of the small kitchenette. This is not a five-star property with all the frills but if you are looking for something clean, comfortable and affordable this may be just the place.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Seattle
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

The inside of the room clean and cute. My issue was that the whole place felt insecure. I reserved a room on line, found the owner at the pub and paid up. I did not see anyone else at the area where my room was so I asked her if there were others staying at the motel. She said that there were "about 45" people staying although there are 4 (very) separate motels. I went to the room and it was cute, seemed plenty comfortable. The locks were flimsy and there was no deadbolt lock. Worse, I noticed that the window in the back bathroom would not close. It looked as though someone had broken in through it. I went back to the pub and she offered to move me to another room. But this room had the exact same problem. There was no way to secure the window, and again, it looked as if it had been broken in to. The place felt even stranger to me because no one was around - and as a lone single woman this made it feel all the more unsafe - no one would have heard me if I had screamed, and there was no phone in the room. I left for dinner, mulling it over, thinking some more of these "45" people might show up by the time I returned. I came back after 9 pm and still no one was there - and I couldn't find the owner. It just didn't feel right. I grabbed my bags and left, finding another room in a chain (perfectly clean and secure) at a lower price (and, unlike Wildflower, the chain hotel included a good breakfast). By now it was late - I should have called anyway though I doubt it would have made any difference. Long story short, I returned the next morning to return the key and express my disappointment. I had hoped to get my money back but of course that wasn't going to happen. Along with my security concerns, I mentioned that the room was very hot and she told me about the air conditioner - as though this would have solved all the problems. Had this owner made any attempt to at least meet me halfway, I would have given a better review here. But instead I ended up paying full price for a room with serious security problems that I never used. I would strongly encourage visitors to stay elsewhere. There are plenty of rooms in the same price range that are not only nicer and include more ammenitites, but are far safer as well.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

I wish I had stumbled upon this place sooner. It's very spread out and just off the 3CL bus. Everything is darling - from the wine bottles that make up one of the building walls to the artwork and sunflowers everywhere. They just opened a pub as well, although it isn't your traditional dimly lit Irish Pub - it is in an art gallery.

LOVE LOVE LOVED the cafe. I was so far behind on e-mails and work and the WiFi in the cafe was very fast. It was nice and quiet and a great place to catch up on the real world. There is a bar nearby with great specials (personal pizza and a huge double pint of Sierra Nevada for $5 bucks) as well as a gas station and Mexican resto.

BTW the muffins at the cafe were awesome. Free coffee in the morning. Pat is awesome! Very genuine, friendly woman.

It is borderline hostel/motel. There aren't really any living area/common areas near the rooms. I wouldn't have minded some patio furniture outside and maybe a sofa or something in the rooms to encourage mingling with other travelers (they were a bit tight for four people) but very clean. There are ants in the bathroom, but being from Florida I know that in warm climates they are impossible to get rid of and just part of life. Microwave, sink and mini fridge were provided in the female dorms (no stove though). Comfy beds (although a bit small).

I know $30 isn't that much, but most other US hostels cap the rate at $20 (and often include a pancake breakfast or oatmeal, etc...in addition to coffee) so it was a little more than the average. Still, overall a great experience and I will book again next year when I return to Burning Man.

Room Tip: I had room 20 on the hill. I think some have better views of the valley than others so ask Pat!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chester, California, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

I stayed here because of the good reviews and the funky nature but i was sorely disappointed. the room was clean but extremely dated there is no ventilation in the bathroom instead a air conditioner that blew in and could not be turned off The windows did not close properly and we did not feel secure. It always worries me when the hotel uses normal keys and can only find 1 set. the bed was so worn out it felt like it sagged to the floor we could have slept better on the tile floor. the curtains were about worthless at 630am as bright as mid day in the desert. the shower was dark and the shower head was about 5 ft high and even my wife has to bend down wash her hair. the walls are paper thin and a couple with kids came in at 1130 and the kids made noise for hours. Check in was a mess and the coffee shop/ office looked like a frat house kitchen and took 20+ just to check in. we left at 730 and could not find any one to check us out so we ened up leaving keys on the table. with as many name brand and profesional hotels and motels in reno there are much better choices.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, OR
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

True, The Wildflower is whimsical and funky. And Pat is a sweetheart. But when I tried to check out at its coffee shop, the barista/desk clerk was more involved in a personal conversation with someone at the drive-up window. I stepped away for a few minutes in the hope that she'd be finished when I returned. When i did she was on a personal phone call. She ended that quickly and took payment for the room.

So perhaps laid back to a fault.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New Mexico
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

Pat, the proprietor, was wonderful! She was gracious, thoughtful, and accommodating. Pat's place reminds me of a bohemian retreat. The little coffee shop is quite cozy. While it's not exactly nestled in the woods, it is close to the river, and many of the rooms afford one with a sense of charm from yesteryear. The rooms are all somewhat different which enhances the uniqueness inherent in this establishment. The location is great, if your not one who needs to be in the thick of the activity of downtown Reno. If your one of those who needs to be downtown, a short drive puts you there. If you like being close to the activity without being "in" the activity, this place can serve very well while allowing one the opportunity to enjoy the Canadian geese flying overhead, the occasional rabbit hopping across your path, and a skyline unencumbered by buildings and bright lights. While I didn't get to see the art galleries at the Wildflower first hand when we were there the first time, I'd certainly consider a repeat visit in order to do so at a later date. Also, I heard from my partner that the coffee shop muffins were superb -- and he generally doesn't care much for sweets. I WAS able to enjoy the tasty hot tea, however, at that time sweets weren't allowable given a health condition I was dealing with.

Room Tip: Rooms farther removed from road offer more privacy and less traffic noise.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

This is a great place to get away from the city and still be close. I had the dorm up on the hill, very senic views each morning, dark night skys, and the occasional company of Canada geese, rabbit and small lizard. Laundry was free and one cup of tea (or coffee) in the morning as well, plus a computer to check email made this place special. You can make simple meals, go to nearby places for food or visit the city for things to do. Or just relax. Staff is always ready to help and the art gallery is great to browse for that special piece. City bus gets there but does not run past 9:15 pm in the evenings. I would go back anytime.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Wildflower Village Hotels and Hostel

Address: 4275-4395 West Fourth St., Reno, NV 89523
Location: United States > Nevada > Reno
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 65 hotels in Reno
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quiet, quaint & so unique. Hotels, studios, hostel, chapel, coffee/gift shop, two art galleries with art classes and retreats, even Penske Truck rental & supplies located on 6+ acres in a country setting, just 2 miles from downtown. 30 minute drive to Truckee, CA and 45 minutes to Lake Tahoe and ski resorts. ... more   less 
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