“Built in the early 1960s ... and looks every bit of it”
If you want to truly "step back in time" to an easier era of American lodging, look no further than the Junction Inn. That's because this place was built about 50 years ago and has not undergone any apparent renovations during that span.
First, the good news about this motel. The room was quite large and the bed was remarkably comfortable, and I enjoyed two very pleasant nights of sleep – though the bedspread was suspect.
Also, the shower offered strong and consistent pressure; any adjustments of the knob didn't jeopardize the temperature through fluctuations so common with older motels.
Unfortunately, that's all of the good news.
Upon walking in the door the first time, I noticed a deep iron burn on the carpet, which itself looks like it dates back to the Kennedy administration – stains and excessive wear are the order of the day.
The bathroom has harvest gold vinyl flooring and a toilet that appears to be part of the original construction. It was noisy, often refused to shut off despite my continual handle-jiggling, and had a very unambitious flush. Sometimes it took numerous flushes to clear away the goods, if you know what I mean. Also, the seat looked badly beaten, as did the edge of the bathtub.
The motel offers Internet access, but I couldn't log on despite getting a signal, and the office staff didn't have a clue how I might overcome this.
The air conditioner doesn't work very easily, as there is "a trick" to turning it on, as the front desk clerk/handyman sheepishly admitted. Once it's on, it is noisy.
The room's furnishings were at least 40 years old – possibly older.
Outside, the spa house was barricaded with a long piece of wood and a "NO TRESPASSING" sign, which I suppose meant that it was not available for use. The facility itself looked like something out of a Grimm's fairy tale, with its octagonal construction and pink paint.
The swimming pool was empty with weeds growing around the edge. I suppose that if it's not open by now (June), the management has no intention of opening it at all this summer (and perhaps never again).
Actually, the office staff and the adjacent restaurant employees were jolly and pleasant.
This is the only show in town, so you don't have any choices for lodging. If you're not willing to accept a severely subpar motel, better head down to Grants Pass 30 miles away.
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