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“Dishonest” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Bedford Motel

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Bedford Motel
2195 W Lynchburg-Salem Tpk, Bedford, VA   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #3 of 4 hotels in Bedford
Grundy, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Dishonest”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

I called and was quoted a low price, when I came the owner told me it will cost much more and advertise how good the place is after renovation so it is worth my money. To be frank, I would not mind to pay a little more, but after talking to the owner I realized how dishonest the place is. There was also an extra charge for credit card fee, bigger bed fee, pet fee, nonsmoking room fee, early clean up fee... the owner wanted me to reserve the place with my credit card but would not guarantee a fix price, and told me there will be a charge if I cancel. All that add up to me realizing how shady the place is. It is a business after all, but building trust is the most important thing in any business. Stay away.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Wellingborough
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

lovely place so clean and good serivce too it has been a lot of improvements to this motel and the price rate it just right would not go anywhere esle as have been days inn up the road but that was ok but not as good as the bedford motel was

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

I stayed here while I was in town to visit the National D-Day Memorial. The owner I spoke to was very friendly and put me in a room that I believe is one of the the latest to be renovated. The room was clean, the appliances new and the cable and wi-fi worked fine.

The only issue was the noise from the road. My room was on the end (closest to the road) which I imagine exasperated the situation.

I would definitely stay here again but ask for a room further away from the road.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pacific Ocean
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96 reviews 96 reviews
38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

This is a great little motel not far from the Parkway. The owner is super friendly and very proud of the work he has put into the place. He has recently done some major upgrades, with new mattresses, flat screen TV's, and mini-fridges. The room was very clean and had everything we needed. Even though it is on a rather busy and noisy road, the room was well insulated and quiet. The price was terrific and a real value. We would much rather support a locally owned motel like this than some of the chains in the area and were completely satisfied. The owner plans on further renovations and I wish him the best.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Danville, Virginia, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

I could'nt be happier with any non chain motel. It was clean,great service, and no life history at check in. I plan to stay next time I'm in town.The owner really cares about his guest and was very proud of his clean rooms and happy to show them before I checked in.The room was more than advertized. It had a fridge, microwave, recliner ,desk, free HBO. I never expected so much from
vintage motel. It was a great blast from the past adventure and better than the big money chains
Thirty years ago this would be the Hylton..

Room Tip: try to get away from highway. not too bad but get some road noise on end rooms.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Keysville, Virginia, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Planned to stay here in my hometown for a family reunion...Website boasts Pet Friendly and only a $7 pet charge.... Was going to charge us $25 instead. When my wife told the desk clerk, replied was that the room cleaning rate was $25 and told my wife that pet people mess up the room with all the hair and barking dogs. Suggested we stay somewhere else if we didnt like it.... credit card charged 82$ for leaving and breaking reservation when we did...

Room Tip: rough crowd staying here...would not suggest children and def. not pets
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

I admire what the new owners have attempted to do with this vintage motor court motel. The carpets are fairly new, the mattress is firm and the bathrooms, while small, have been renovated. It’s a clean place and that is half the battle when selecting and evaluating a motel.

The owner is very friendly and accommodating. She is quite enthusiastic about her property that she has owned for four years. Early check-ins are permitted and she even provided us with a king bed for the same price as a queen. In some ways, she is correct in her claim that it is a better place to stay than the Super 8 down the road, which is overdue for an overhaul. The Super 8 however, has a very pleasant view of the Peaks Of Otter. The Bedford Motel is certainly preferable to the Days Inn, at least since I last stayed there many years ago. With her pleasant, hospitable attitude and cordiality, I really wanted to like this place.

There are problems, however. Minor but notable, upon check-in, there was a fly in the room. More of an issue is that the motel is just yards away from main route 460 going into Bedford in one direction and Roanoke in the other. Bring earplugs because the traffic noises with be noticeable and steady into the late and early morning hours. Though the windows appear to have been upgraded, the standard wood doors with not mask any of the traffic racket. Truck noise is especially disturbing and for unknown reasons, it is worse at 2:00 A.M. than it is at 7:00 A.M. Quite honestly, this venue is noisier than a modern motel located near a major metropolitan airport.

The TV in our room was small and it was the old picture tube type, not a modern flat screen. It did have convenient jacks ion the side for audio and video inputs. There was a refrigerator and microwave in the room, which is always a plus. Another little goodie on the plus side is the combination vent fan and heater in the bathroom. If you wonder where all the bathroom heat lamps have gone, this is as good, if not better. This feature was probably my favorite part of the stay.

The towels were too small though and in need of replacement as they are thin as cheesecloth. A box of tissues also would have been nice. The bathtub drain was in need of unclogging. The only part of the bathroom that was overlooked was the shower curtain. It had some mildew on it and needed to be thoroughly cleaned or replaced.

The sink area needs to be updated and it would be helpful if there were more shelf space on which to place toiletries. With space at a premium, such a table or shelf would need to be placed below the air conditioner unit.

The room was furnished with mismatched furniture and decor which wasn't a big deal but one of the sitting chairs had a damaged back. The desk chair was uncomfortable and had only a thin pad covering the wicker seat.

The mattress on the king size bed was firm but for reasons I can only speculate, it was wrapped in a vinyl cover bag. This restricted the ventilation abilities of the mattress and made it a bit hot.

The wireless internet signal was weak, snail’s pace slow and frustratingly sporadic and far too often, non-existent. Going outside with the laptop helped tremendously but was impractical to do at times. Also, using the computer outside was no remedy for dropouts. If you have a smart-phone, connection shouldn’t be as much of a problem. Perhaps asking for another room where the internet is stronger will help but it doesn’t matter if there is free Wi-Fi if it is not accessible or too weak to be adequately functional.

The problem with Bedford, Virginia is that there really isn’t a decent motel to stay at which is also a good value. Much better deals can be had in Roanoke or Lynchburg. I’d say the only areas where the Bedford Motel exceeds the Super 8 is somewhat in cleanliness and certainly in price. I stayed at the Days Inn once and wouldn't consider staying there again. The Super 8 was great during its first few years but is overdue for a renovation. Once the Super 8 is updated, it will be the preferred choice except for the price, especially in peak season. If you play Priceline however, you may be able to get the Super 8 for about the same rate as the Bedford Motel.

I would have rated this property as average if it wasn't for the excessive traffic noise.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2195 W Lynchburg-Salem Tpk, Bedford, VA
Location: United States > Virginia > Bedford
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 hotels in Bedford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $

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