My work requires me to stay in hotels approximately 200 nights per year, perhaps more, not less. Most often I find myself at a Hampton, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn or Quality Inn. About once ever couple of years, I run across a hidden gem. That was the case in Murray, KY, this past week when I wandered into the Murray Plaza Lodge. The owners, Mr. & Mrs. Osher, were right up front when I entered the office area. They are just a perfect couple. So friendly. And they take such pride in their hotel. After giving me my key, Mr. Osher grabbed my bag to take it to my room for me. "You don't need to be carrying that heavy thing," he said. When he opened the door to the room, I was shocked. This motel was built in the 1950s. The Oshers have completely restored it. Completely. And added modern amenities. It has all the charm of a 1950s lodge as they existed way back when while at the same time being in like new condition. The tile in the bathroom was so clean I thought he had ordered vintage colored tile and had it redone to match the room. Nope. Tile is 60 years old. It just sparkles like new. And even in the simplest of single rooms, I still had a refrigerator, microwave, of course heat & a/c, a ceiling fan, top notch wireless access, a good TV, and a comfortable bed. And it was all CLEAN. Murray Plaza Lodge is as clean as any hotel I have ever stayed in. There was no riff-raff hanging around either. Other guests were professionals, semi-professionals, and families. The landscaping is also gorgeous. Ivy and flowers blooming. Just a beautiful place. They've got adorable little gazebos out front where you can sit if you'd like. The location is good. It's quiet. And I truly felt completely safe, which is important for a woman traveling alone. As luck would have it, my travels take me back to the Murray area next week, and I can't wait to spend it with the Oshers at Murray Plaza Lodge. It's going to be a great week. I did not have my camera with me. The Murray Plaza Lodge is as good as or better than the photos on its website www.MurrayPlazaLodge.com
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Murray Plaza Lodge is the only independently owned hotel in Murray, Kentucky (KY). All rooms are very clean and 100% smoke/pet-free. Special rates for Murray State parents/alumni, AAA, senior/AARP, military and government. Murray State University 6 blocks. Kentucky Lake and Land Between the Lakes in 20 minutes. All rooms located on first floor. Front door parking. Beautiful gardens with three big gazebos. Every room has AC/heat, microwave and refrigerator. ... more less
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