We usually stay in more expensive motels, but the Trip Advisor reviews on this place were so good we had to give it a try. We agree with many reviewers that this is probably the best lodging value in Medford, if not all of Southern Oregon, but it's not for everyone. First the good: For less than $60, we got one of the cleanest motel rooms we'd ever seen, a comfortable bed with four good pillows, a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee-maker, a shower with stronger pressure than we have at home, a roomy covered parking space in front of the room so others' headlights did not shine in, and a "continental" breakfast with juice, coffee, fresh waffles, boiled eggs, yogurt, cereal, store-bought pastries, bagels and english muffins. The front desk service was efficient on check-in and downright friendly and helpful at breakfast and checkout. The motel sits on old Highway 99 in Medford, but the office is in the front and the rooms go back away from the road. We asked for the quietest room possible and they put us about midway back from the road. Road noise was not a problem and they even left the rooms on either side of us empty to further cut down on noise. The more expensive hotels in Medford usually overlook the freeway or busy freeway exchanges, and have noisy adjoining rooms to boot.
No place is perfect, however. What we saw as problems might not necessarily bother you. When we first entered the room there was a strong smell of some kind of cleaning agent, maybe disinfectant or carpet-cleaner. We left the door and window open for a few minutes and what was left of the smell posed no problem for us, though it might have bothered someone sensitive to cleaners. This is an old motel and some of the furniture and fixtures looked a bit worn, but the rooms have been recently refurbished and the paint, bathroom tile and carpet looked new.
The heating/air-conditioning unit was also new, but it posed a real problem for us. In fact, we didn't get a minute's sleep the entire night. It was a modern unit where you select the temperature and fan speed and the unit cycles on and off to keep the temperature constant. The fan wasn't noisy, but the compressor for the heating unit set up a vibration that could be felt throughout the entire room as it randomly cycled on and off every few seconds. Even my earplugs didn't help because the noise could actually be felt. It would have been fine if the noise had been constant, but the unit, including the fan, shuddered completely on or off constantly. Maybe it was just our particular unit. When I mentioned it to the front desk guy at breakfast he said our experience was unusual and he would check it out. That type of noise and vibration might not bother everyone, but you've been warned. Also, the unit had a "sleep" button on it that seemed to lessen the noise and vibration a little bit, but not enough.
So we've discovered a real gem that we couldn't sleep in. The rest of the motel was so nice that I feel guilty about not being able to sleep. The price is so irresistible that we might even try it again, in spite of our experience.
For quiet, ask for a room back from the highway.
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