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2238 State Highway 139, Tulelake, CA 96134-8451
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Vacation time wanted wrote a review Oct 2019
4 contributions1 helpful vote
The owner is very friendly and welcoming. Room was simple and clean, heater worked well. Kitchenette was well stocked and a good extra to have. Conveniently located to Lava Beds National Monument and saved us from having to drive much further. Recommended for those staying in the area and wanting to explore.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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FishSF wrote a review Jul 2019
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I stayed a single night at the Ellis Motel before a scheduled visit to the National Park Service's Tule Lake Segregation Center where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II. The motel is right on a small highway passing through extensive farm fields, a short drive to the town of Tulelake. It is also about 15 miles from Lava Beds National Monument. There are a couple of restaurants in town. The motel is entirely adequate, clean and comfortable, with an informal feel to it. The proprieter was not present when I arrived but came by a few minutes after calling her so I could check in. She was friendly and helpful in getting me oriented to the area. There were a couple of notable things about the motel. First, there was no fan in the bathroom, so it was important to open the window after using it. And second, it is close to the road so there is some traffic noise at night, plus a crop dusting plane took several flights across the adjoining field early the next morning, a somewhat unusual alarm clock.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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TRVL5ALOT wrote a review Jul 2016
Monterey County, California12 contributions4 helpful votes
Like most road trips, days don't always go as planned...(too many side trips 😛). So by chance we stayed... Had read a couple of reviews but not really swayed one way or the other. The owner was not there upon our arrival but one of the housekeepers were ... We needed to call the owner to check for availability ... (Our phone was dead 😬) so 'Sylvia' let us borrow hers.. Thankyou. I spoke to 'christine' & we got a room for the night... Room #9. Very clean (except for a few dead insects & some cobwebs...nothing haneous). More than adequate beds (2 full size), room smallish but ok. Small bathroom but again, ok. Kitchenette a HUGE plus with FULL stove & FULL fringe/freezer (AMAZING....), coffee pot & coffee, some cooking utensils ...sadly the kitchen window was broken so we couldn't open it which equaled HOT..& it was July... There was no AC..only two fans, but that said , the motel is surrounded by beautiful old willow trees which provide shade.... & a bit of a breeze....we survived...😀 Lots of green grass for our doggies ... Yes, three dogs were accommodated. No other amenities such as ice machines or breakfast, & no coffee shops (if you like that sort of thing). But a short drive into the local old town (sadly delapitdated) & there was a market (mostly beer related items).. We found pizza to cook & got salad. So, bring you're own food, don't expect EVERYTHING but take it for what it is. Surrounded by fields, highway out front (noisy during the day), rail track (we didn't hear a train) & tons of birds chirping . The night we stayed 5 truck drivers were there...they were quite loud due to beer & BBQ . The owner addressed this with no prompting & got them to behave. In a nutshell ... If you like road trips these are the unique places you find...roll with it...
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Date of stay: July 2016
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Girl_on_the_Bay wrote a review May 2016
Samoa, California71 contributions22 helpful votes
So, you have to stay over in Tule Lake? Don't fret! Book your room at the Ellis and embrace the area! In the past, Tule Lake was a major hunting destination and bustling agricultural town. Vestiges of both remain and the Ellis was a cool accommodation... And still is. It is under renovation, but in speaking with the owner, she assured me the quirky retro touches will stay! The Ellis welcomes you with a row of majestic 100 year old willows in front and behind the motel...hundreds of songbirds in these trees will lull you to sleep and brightly greet you in the morning! So, your hunting room is awesomely equipped. First the real stuff. The layout is great...main sleeping room with two beds, and separate bathroom and separate kitchen.. Yes...a FULL kitchen, complete with a door so early risers can have coffee and breakfast while the slackers snooze. Excellent! The kitchen is equipped with general ware to accommodate cooking a meal. Mine had a genuine O'Keefe and Merit apartment stove (original fixtures.. Love it!). I would suggest the addition of a strainer and complimentary salt and pepper. Good ground coffee was provided for brewing. We cooked up lasagne and cheesy broccoli for dinner....very nice to cook a meal after two weeks on the road! You bedroom features real 1970's wood-like paneling and Awesome super comfy beds!! My husband likes a really soft bed and this one delivered with a variety of pillows to boot. I would recommend they replace the polyester bed covers, not because they're old, but because they can (personal preference). You may hang your rifles on the gun rack so you can clean them later while watching the real tube TV. The old style wall heater totally cranks and there are racks for clothes etc. The bathroom is small but I adored the baby blue sink and matching commode... Again, original fixtures from a time when things were built to last. The shower is a Sears shower shell and still standing...the hot water and pressure were not lacking. Lastly, you can enjoy any of these rooms while reading older issues of American Hunter Magazine. All clean and at a super price of $66, tax included. Pets welcome, especially hunting dogs! Enjoy something different from an era when motor-lodging after a day of hunting was a luxury. Go Ellis!
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Date of stay: May 2016Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Joysmiles wrote a review Sep 2015
7 contributions6 helpful votes
Friendly staff, great value, tidy rooms. The surprise was the kitchette equipped with gas stove,oven separate room for dining. The only thing to criticize is. There are two Dogs that run around, our daughter is scared of that. And even though the bed linen and everything was clean. The house keeper left much to be desired in the bathroom. To the average Joe it's clean, upon a closer look. The mirror was a little dirty, window has dead flies and used soap in the showers soap dish was missed by housekeeping. I am obsessed with the details and most could over look that. I think it was a poor day for whoever cleaned our room because the room next to ours was spotless in every way! I know this because our family stayed next door.
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Date of stay: September 2015Trip type: Traveled with family
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Jan501 wrote a review Jul 2015
Grants Pass, Oregon231 contributions89 helpful votes
We were dead tired and in need of a good night's sleep. There aren't many choices in this area. The two star reviews here had us concerned, but based on the five star reviews, we gave it a try. Yes, the rooms are small, but all we needed was a bed. Our room had a double bed and a twin bed. About ten years ago, we paid $45 for a room just as tiny in Coquille, Oregon. This room was $60.50 including tax. The room was very clean and the bed was comfortable. We never heard a train, and we didn't see any insects, so we got a good night's sleep. The sink and toilet are ridiculously short, and would probably be just right for people who are around 5' tall. The shower is the same size as other stall showers, and there is plenty of hot water. In the morning we were hoping there would be coffee in the office. We tried sometime just before 7 am and the office was locked, with a note that said the manager would be back soon. We left, and finding no one open in downtown Tulelake (this was Sunday morning), we kept driving and found great coffee at the market/deli next door to Captain Jack's Stronghold (which was closed).
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Date of stay: July 2015
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Ted S wrote a review Jan 2015
Ventura, California35 contributions46 helpful votes
Needed a place to sleep and shower on my walking trek from Ventura to Canada after many nights in my tent. Was told that the Ellis Motel was the best in town, so I am shocked to think how the other few might be. The motel is just north of town and right on the highway. I was on foot, so I stopped and got something to eat before walking the mile or so to the motel. The lady owner couldn't have been more pleasant and friendly as she was helping me while her young kids were running around. The price was very reasonable, but as they say, you get what you pay for. The room was very tight with two single beds and the mattresses were very bouncy, to say the least. But the room was clean. One tiny bar of soap and nothing else! Towels were very small and rough and thin. The shower, well there really wasn't much of one, because the water pressure was nonexistent. It was literally a dribble. Not exaggerating! After a long 21 plus mile walk, and no shower in days, to what some people told me was the best in Tule Lake, I was looking forward to a long nice hot shower. TV. It may not even be cable, but it didn't matter because it was a fuzzy picture anyway. I was pretty tired and went to sleep early, but woke up in the middle of the night to the blowing of a train's horn. Yes, the railroad tracks run right behind the motel and where it cross the highway, the engineer has to blow the horn. If you are heading north, drive less than ten miles to Merrill, Oregon, where there are numerous other motels. I feel bad because I'd love to give the nice and very freindly owner a better rating, but if I had to do it again I would walked a few miles further.
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Date of stay: September 2014
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Viki B wrote a review Sep 2014
El Dorado Hills11 contributions5 helpful votes
Please let me qualify this review. I am a seasoned hunter and have packed in on horses, spent long hunts in a tent with 20 degree nights, but at 65 and somewhat of a ladida lady have now graduated to my 21' trailer with a slide out and walkaround queen and a full bath. However on this trip, we decided to motel it because we were trying to hit as much of X2 as we could in one weekend. I read reviews on this place as we headed up to scout X2. They were somewhat mixed... I never read anything like I am writing... I even called Robert the owner to ask questions. I told him that I wanted a clean room with a comfortable bed. He did tell me that he pretty much catered to deer hunters and that rooms were not fancy, but they were clean and he replaced all the bed with pillow top beds when he bought the place. So I booked it. We arrived in July which meant 90 degree day time temps. What Robert failed to tell me was the rooms were not air conditioned. They were pretty original but did have a modestly outfitted kitchen, a very old but sort of updated bath with a shower that was replaced at least 25+ years before. They had a fan running, but it did not help the heat. Also what we did not know until we took our dogs for a walk - no dogs in the room - they slept in the truck- was there was a slough out back of the motel... which equal bugs and gnats...very small gnats called no-seeums In essence you can barely see them... they are like specks of pepper but their bites are brutal leaving welts that last for weeks leaving corn size scabs.... No seeums can get through the old screens that were on the window so sleeping without sheets due to the temperature I woke up the next morning with over 30 gnat bites and sopping wet from the warm night. I might have passed on a shower, but I needed one so bad, I took on the old shower. It was clean and had soap and hot water, so after I gave it an okay, my husband who at first declined a shower took one and said it wasn't so bad as well. I imagine later in the year when the temps drop dramatically at night my torture that night will no longer exist and it is very close to some awesome X2 hunting. With very few restaurants, the kitchen is invaluable and it definitely beats a tent.. An those beds were very comfortable. So take this review as the truth...there are very few choices in Tulelake... you can drive 30 miles to Klamath Falls or the Rim Rock Motel in Alturas which has no kitchen and I think only on bed per room - call and double check that but is impeccable...same price. The Huntress!
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Date of stay: July 2014
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: It is what it is. Noise was because it is on the highway and with the heat the windows were open.
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GH wrote a review May 2014
Longview, Washington2 contributions1 helpful vote
I would like to give a shout-out to any weary travelers near Tulelake, CA to take a pit-stop at the Ellis Motel. I have stayed at the Ellis Motel on several occasions and am very happy with the accommodations! The furnishings are quaint and dated, but to me, this is what makes it a place to rest. The rooms are not large, but are extremely clean. The owners are very hospitable and have always greeted me with a smile. Yes, I suppose I could drive to Klamath Falls and find other accommodations, such as a larger floor plan, cable, etc. But at the Ellis Motel, you cannot beat the price you pay! I am a very picky consumer - and if you don't mind clean and simple accommodations at a very affordable price, I highly recommend you give the Ellis Motel a try. You will not be disappointed.
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Date of stay: April 2014
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Trip type: Traveled on business
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Jason N wrote a review Oct 2013
Escondido, California123 contributions37 helpful votes
Sooo, hit up Crater Lake, looking for a place to stay in Klamath falls, during labor day weekend, could not find a single room, in any price range, came across Ellis motel, a bit outdated, but very clean!. Called and spoke with the owner, he stayed up extra late to check us in, very very friendly!! I would highly recommend this to anyone around this area, close to the lava tubs as well, that makes for a great day of exploring!
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Date of stay: September 2013
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ellis Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Ellis Motel?
Nearby attractions include Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge (4.2 miles), Tule Lake War Relocation Center (1.5 miles), and Tulelake - Butte Valley Museum (1.8 miles).
Is parking available at Ellis Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ellis Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Senor Tequila, Jolly Kone Drive Inn, and Mike & Wanda's.
Are pets allowed at Ellis Motel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Ellis Motel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Tule Lake War Relocation Center (1.5 miles).