We stayed here for a night while we were driving up the coast, after finding pretty much every hotel was full or wanted over $125.
My first experience was talking to the guy at the front desk on the phone to reserve the room. He was OK, but gruff/short with me at times. At one point he actually yelled he couldn't hear me, and the whole process was pretty slow (partly because I had to repeat myself a gazillion times!). The same man didn't give us a warm fuzzy welcome when we arrived, either - he was all business. Then he got irritated with me again after I went down to ask for a second key to our room (he didn't offer said key when we checked in as two adults and a toddler).
The outside of the motel is very clean and well-kept, so that was nice. The small parking lot filled up quickly.
Our room is where everything went downhill. I don't expect luxury at a moderately-priced motel, and have stayed in all sorts of places on my travels. However, the room had a very musty/mildewy smell to it, which made it seem unclean. The surfaces were clean, but we just had a sense that the carpeting, drapes, bedspread, etc., weren't deep-cleaned regularly and were dirty. The queen bed seemed just a bit larger than a full and was super uncomfortable (like a very firm mattress that had been broken down from overuse) for my husband and myself. It was cloaked in one of those awful old bedspreads that's always pilled up on the underside and generally isn't washed between guests, by the way (those give me the creeps even when I know they're freshly laundered).
Our toddler was super cranky and loud, but apparently the neighbors didn't hear him carrying on, which was great. So, I have to assume the rooms have pretty good insulation and are generally quiet.
Anyway, after a horrible night of little rest in our musty room, I wanted to get out of there as fast as possible so I did not shower in the morning. My husband did, and wished he hadn't because the water kept getting icy throughout. I don't know if they need to upgrade to tankless waterheaters or if there's a plumbing issue that causes the shower to go cold when a neighbor flushes a toilet or runs their water, but it's definitely something that needs fixing!
The included continental breakfast was sufficient for our needs. I recall a few types of cold cereal, bread, muffins, milk, OJ and coffee. If you do stay here on a busier night, I'd strongly suggest getting to breakfast early if you want to sit at a table because there are just a few small tables in the tiny lobby.
All in all, the Rodeway Inn is probably OK if you need a fairly inexpensive room, but I wouldn't really recommend staying there unless/until they make some needed changes. Heck, even friendlier service and getting rid of those bedspreads would make a nice difference!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Rodeway Inn hotel is conveniently located less than one mile from the Clark Memorial Museum, Humboldt Cultural Center, Jo Sonya Art Seminar and the Sequoia Park Zoo. This Eureka hotel is close to area attractions including Old Town Eureka, the Redwood National Park and Humboldt State University is seven miles and the Eureka Airport is 12 miles from the hotel. The Somoa Cookhouse Museum, Pacific Ocean and St Joseph Hospital are also nearby. Several restaurants and cocktail lounges are located in the surrounding area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rodeway Inn Eureka
- Eureka Rodeway Inn