We were in town for a drill/dance team competition the weekend of March 21-22. It is an older hotel which looked like it was undergoing renovation - signs of carpet installation in theparking lot, a contractor on site, and some remodeling equipment noise one of the days,
We got a room on the third floor. First thing we noticed is the 'smoke' smell in the hallway upstairs. Like as if it was residual smell from people smoking embedded in the carpet. One thing we were relieved to know is, the room wasn't facing the busy street where there are fast foodplaces, a car dealership and a Walmart in the the immediate vicinity. The front facade is the outer wall of the hallway. All rooms face the river where there is a paved walk along the river greenway which we took a stroll on one morning. It was a nice contrast to the busy traffic interchange next to the hotel. Although the road was noisy, the room amazingly was quiet. Our room was a single queen with nice bedding and comfortable mattress, new carpet ??(new smell odor still present) with a sink vanity in the room and a separate bathroom. There is also a little frig under the sink. We did notice that the walls were a tad thin as we could hear the next room's TV when we were about to go to sleep, but not enough to keep us from going to sleep. The room's heater (older style) fan also made a bit of noise when on. Something we also heard from the next room as well.
The hotel staff is very helpful and cheerful. It also offers a complimentary hot breakfast buffet with make your own belgian waffles, the featured item. The fresh biscuits and sausage gravy are also delicious. Nice variety of other cold items i.e. bagels, yogurts, boiled eggs,canned fruit, juices and of course, coffee and tea.
We felt that the $99/night was a bit high as the facilities seemed rather basic and older.
If it weren't for the breakfast and good customer service, we probably would have stayed elsewhere. Another note - this hotel seems to cater to business travelers (quite a few staying there) rather than families.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exceptional has never been so affordable! Overlooking the Yakima River, enjoy easy access to Downtown Yakima and the Yakima Greenway Trail. We are pet friendly! Complimentary amenities include Breakfast Buffet featuring Belgian Waffles, High Speed WiFi, Parking, Outdoor Pool & Spa, and Fitness Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oxford Hotel Yakima