Stuck in a mid-March snowstorm in the area while driving through MD, the roads became impassable, temperatures were dropping rapidly and night was coming on. After taking four hours to drive a normally two hour stretch from Washington, PA, when the big rigs started pulling off highway, I decided to find a place for the night. Trouble was, this trip I had my small dog with me. Hotels west of Cumberland were filling fast; not many were pet friendly. Some that were pet friendly had really bad, bed-bugs-here kind of reviews. Yikes.
Enter this Best Western. With my alternative being sleeping in the car, or staying at a Hampton and leaving my pet in the (nearly 20 degrees!) car, I rolled the dice and pulled in. Thank God this place was there; and Thank God they allowed pets. This place is an old motor inn, like an old Howard Johnson's that kept being added on to. ( I am just guessing.) Back in the days when kids are free at the restaurant next door. There is a bar and grill on property; an indoor pool; a convenient store across the street. And yes, there is hot breakfast in the building. The TV had few channels but enough to get weather conditions. I like sugar free syrup too but not enough to complain about it. Breakfast had enough options to get by. That's part of the adventure, isn't it -- that each place is not a cookie cutter of the last one? Most of the other guests were stranded truckers/ travellers too. Just puts it in perspective. I did not try the spa/ sauna.
The most interesting thing about this place is the property; the Braddock Creek (name?) was rushing by the pine tree wooded lot; an outdoor wooded deck (covered in snow when I saw it) is available for summer barbecues. I don't know but if I was involved with a couple of young families who wanted to gather for a weekend in summer and take advantage of attractions nearby, this might just be the place. Small enough to keep track of the kids, large enough to have your own space.
At breakfast several travellers shared their road experiences, so we pooled information to find the best route to points east. That was a nice bonus.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Choose this full-service La Vale, Maryland hotel located minutes away from Fort Cumberland, Frostburg State University and the Rock-Speedway. Welcome to the BEST WESTERN Braddock Motor Inn, a full-service hotel where guests will find friendly customer service, an array of amenities and comfortable accommodations at an affordable price. Conveniently located just off the highway in far western Maryland, this La Vale hotel offers 103 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, each featuring cable satellite television with HBO® and free wireless high-speed Internet access. Hotel guests will wake to a complimentary continental breakfast before taking advantage of such amenities as an indoor heated swimming pool, steam room/sauna, exercise facility, complimentary airport shuttle, business services and meeting facilities. The hotel also features Henny's Grill and Bar and Gehauf's Restaurant. Pets are welcome with restrictions. The BEST WESTERN Braddock Motor Inn is conveniently located six miles from many key area attractions such as the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, historic Fort Cumberland, the Thrasher Carriage Museum and George Washington's headquarters. The hotel is also close to the C&O Canal Place and the Rock-Speedway. Business travelers will find themselves minutes away from CSX Transportation, Alliant Techsystems, New Page and both federal and state prisons. The friendly, helpful staff at the BEST WESTERN Braddock Motor Inn is ready to ensure a fun-filled memorable stay in La Vale, Maryland. Make a reservation today and save! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Braddock Motor Hotel Lavale
- Best Western Lavale
- Best Western Braddock Hotel
- Lavale Best Western