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Americas Best Value Inn John Day
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   390 West Main Street, John Day, OR 97845   |  
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Truckee, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

There are few hotels in John Day, Oregon. The Best Western was $95, with numerous discounts, which just seemed like too much for this little town. The only other AAA rated hotel was a one-star and a dive from the outside. However the Americas Best looked nice and clean and neat from the highway. Their discount rate was $65 (with no breakfast) and the room was large and clean. I would certainly stay here again. It looked about the same as BW, but 2/3's the price!!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Chico, CA
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101 reviews 101 reviews
52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

Let's begin by saying we spent ten days in Oregon, traveling with our Black Lab. That said we need a pet friendly hotel. But even our dog wasn't sure he wanted to enter the room. He is not used to staying in places that smell like dog, stale cigarette smoke and who knows what. All three of us (dog included) wanted to run. Yep, room 123 was scary!
The adventure began with the phone call to the motel to secure the room as we knew John Day was going to be the stopping point that evening. The woman on the phone was scattered to say the least. My first thought was I hope we have a room when we get there. Maybe we would have been better off without one! Check in took twenty minutes...same scattered woman! Enough said.
Upon driving in one could see that the place needed work. The pool they advertised said it was under repair. I noticed over a year ago in the reviews it was too. Maybe the scattered woman at the desk is in charge of repairs?! The restaurant attached to the motel is in the same state...closed!
Parking in front of room 123 didn't aid the picture! There is a gaping hole in the overhang between floors and it was dripping something quite foul. Opening the door only added to the foulness. Our room smelled of smoke and pet urine. The carpets were NASTY! The first thing found was a bug in the bathroom. Wonder what was lurking where we could not see. The bed covers were old and did not smell clean. Thank God we travel with the dog's sheet for the bed, which I know was cleaner then theirs and our own blanket!
After shuttering a bit we went into John Day and had dinner at the Outpost Trading company. Three large martinis later we were ready to brave the room. Neither one of us even thought about showering the following morning. I know we were cleaner than the shower!
This was a last resort as the Best Western was full...but for the price I bet we could have paid someone to borrow their room and it would have been more comfortable!! Run don't walk away from here!!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

Had numerous small problems during our stay and the front desk manager didn't seem particularly interested in fixing them. Two burned out light bulbs, poor internet connection and a balky heating unit. I suspect the manager is cranky cause they spend their entire day dealing with all the problems that come with an aging property.

Bed was OK, but sheets very thin and scratchy.

If you need a place to crash for the night while passing thru, this place will do.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Boise
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
87 hotel reviews
Reviews in 79 cities Reviews in 79 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

My son, a friend of his, and myself stayed here for a weekend while playing in a golf tournament. I booked the two-night stay getting the advanced pay rate of $148 for the two nights which included tax. On reason we had booked this hotel was because of the pool and hot tub they have which we thought would be refreshing after each day of golfing. Unfortunately, both were under repair which was a real "downer." This hotel is somewhat outdated but clean. The sink did look like it could use a pumice stone, however. The beds are very comfortable. The front desk staff was also very accommodating. Always, looking to save a buck, it was also nice to have the $1.00 off coupons offered by the hotel per each meal for the Squeeze Inn Restaurant across the street where we had a great breakfast each morning. An additional tip I received from a fellow traveler staying at the hotel was that one is better off booking with the hotel directly for the best price rather than on the internet or calling Americas Best Value Inn reservation line. Over all, we were happy with our stay and would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Natalie S, Manager at Americas Best Value Inn John Day, responded to this review, September 12, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to post your review, we appreciate your comments. We use your comments to evaluate our Inn and plan any needed future renovations and to provide additional training for our staff.

We are taking appropriate steps to correct the conditions that you describe and we apologize for any inconvenience that you may have experienced while staying at our Inn.
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Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2010

This place isn't realy awful, but it lacks a lot of the things you take for granted at a real hotel. The light over the sink in my room would only work at night (figure that out!), and the plumbing was hooked up backwards there so until you figure that out you get lukewarm water when you're expecting cold. If housekeeping remembers to get to your room (they didn't make it every day) there was a good chance one of the doors to your room would be left open. Outside the hotel there's some random junk and belongings of long-term residents. There's a sign in the lobby proclaiming the pool and spa to be temporarily out of order, but it was framed and looked less than temporary. But then one day I walked by and some people were in there. It never felt unsafe, just unpleasant. If you're in John Day and desperate for lodging it'll work but there are better options that understandably fill up first.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Natalie S, Manager at Americas Best Value Inn John Day, responded to this review, September 12, 2011
Thank you for your comments, we appreciate your taking the time to post them. We have reviewed your comments and our staff has corrected the items that you have noted. We apologize for any inconvenience that you experienced while staying at our facility and hope that you will again stay with us when next in the John Day area.
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ENGLAND
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19 reviews 19 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2010

This motel was horrendous. The trucks, vans and pickups began to arrive late in the afternoon until they had filled the carpark. Then all became clear. This was a truckstop and not really a tourist motel. The room was poor for the price paid. It was dirty and the microwave and fridge were broken. There was no sign of breakfast the next day and no-one at reception when I went to enquire a couple of times. We had been awoke early as all the truckers started to move off before 6.00am. Thank goodness it was only one night.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Natalie S, Manager at Americas Best Value Inn John Day, responded to this review, September 12, 2011
Thank you for your comments we appreciate your taking the time to post them. We apologize for any inconvenience that you may have encountered while staying at our hotel. There was a good deal of construction going on in the John Day area at this time and the trucks that you are speaking of our construction workers that are from out of the area that are also our guests. You don't say what room you were in so we were not able to check the microwave and refrigerator in a specific room so our staff checked all of them and took any appropriate measures that were needed.
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Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2009

After a poor experience staying in Mt. Vernon, we were relieved to get a room here just before the big BMW motorcycle rally came into town. It was mid-week and the lounge abutting the parking lot seemed closed, so late-night noise really wasn't an issue. Good location, almost in the center of town. The room was clean and a coffee pot is always welcomed with open arms. Though I thought it peculiar that the coffee package was labeled as 'Best Western'. Opted not to brew it, as I figured they either swiped it from their competitors across the street or maybe got a discount on coffee BW felt no longer met their standards. We had a 2nd floor room and weren't told about the 2nd exterior door (hotel is kind of cut into hillside , there is a road behind the hotel leading to a ground-level door for the folks on the 2nd floor) - didn't discover the door until after hauling our luggage up the stairs from the front parking lot. The rooms were fair and this is probably one of the top three places to stay while in John Day (maybe top two?).

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 390 West Main Street, John Day, OR 97845
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Location: United States > Oregon > John Day
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in John Day
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Americas Best Value Inn John Day 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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