After reading some of the bad reviews of this motel on the outskirts of York, Nebraska, I decided to give it a try. Especially after reading the terrible reviews of the motels closer down the road near the interstate.
We made our reservation online and had no problems. When we arrived, the motel clerk told us about the motel's amenities and then proceeded to inform us of the best place to eat in town.
The room was an updated room. I had asked the clerk which rooms had been updated but he was not sure how many of the 40 or so rooms were renovated but that the rooms which were on the north wing of the building had been renovated recently.
Our room was just steps away from our car. Just like the old motor inns from yesteryear. The room had two nice sized queen beds which were very comfortable, and they were raised off the floor several inches higher than most motels. There was a large television armoire with a good sized tv inside. They had 52 channels to choose from. Not too bad considering where York is. There was a large desk where we set up our laptop. After initially failing to get on the internet through wireless, we went to the front desk and they gave us an ethernet cable. After that we had no problems at all.
The bath was very nice. A separate compartment housed the toilet and tub. Brand new tiles in the tub area looked like they had recently been installed. On the tub wall and next to the sink, there were wall mounted dispensers already filled with soap and shampoo (in the tub/shower area) and soap and lotion next to the sink. I don't know why more motels don't do this. I would think this would save a lot of time and money, instead of having to purchase all of those individual soap, shampoo and lotion packets.
The room had a larger frig, microwave, and coffee maker. There was a hair dryer next to the sink as well as an iron in the closet. The beds were very comfy and we had no problem getting the room cooled with the wall mounted A/C unit.
The next morning we had breakfast in their breakfast area next to the main office. They had cereals, muffins, bread, bananas, waffles, and biscuits with hot gravy. Very nice set up. A little crowded, but we managed fine. We had fun speaking with a group of Germans visiting the states as well as a lady from Canada. We had the biscuits and gravy and the waffles. Very easy to prepare.
Before departing we met two other ladies out walking their dogs. Just a very pleasant experience at the Palmer Inn. The clerk gave us the name of a restaurant in town that serves the best meals. That place is called Chances 'R Restaurant and Lounge. We had some of the best sirloin we have ever had.
As far as some of the negative reviews of the Palmer Inn, I have to say that without a doubt this was one of the nicer local motels I have ever stayed at. Very clean, and modern, at least as far as the room we stayed in. Its a very quiet inn, even though you are only a few yards away from US Route 81. I can understand if you paid $70 to $80 and got one of the older rooms, and felt disappointed, but I saw one of those rooms the next morning, and guess what? Yes, it was dated, but it was clean and had a very nice "old" charm to the room. Eventually the owners are going to get all of the rooms remodeled or renovated, so give them a break.
We plan on staying there again in the future.
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