After reading the glowing reviews here, I decided to take a chance and book a one-night stay at the Oregon Trail Motel on Bridge Street for two adults and three kids.
Unfortunately, our experience didn't measure up to our expectations - and we weren't expecting much. We knew it was an older property, but the price was right and we were desperate - traveling to my mother's funeral in another state with a practically non-existent budget. Here's what we found:
Terrific price. Our three-bed room, plus three free breakfasts, cost $60. Can't beat that.
Helpful manager. We booked a few days in advance by phone. The manager was nice and offered a three-queen-bed room for the price of a two.
Clean-as-a-pin bathroom. Pink 50s fixtures, but absolutely spotless.
Plenty of clean towels.
Little wall heaters heat up the room quickly and surprisingly well.
Funky, old diner next door served a really good breakfast. Nothing fancy, just down-home, small-town dining. We passed the three free breakfasts to our kids as they were kind of small - 1 egg, 1 slice of bacon or sausage link, and 1 pancake (or we could have opted for $1 off 3 larger meals). The special tasted great and the price was incredible - $4.50 for 2 eggs, 2 bacon strips, 2 sausage links, and two pancakes. We spent a total of $9.00 for the 5 of us, plus drinks and a tip. Great deal. Apparently, the locals thought so, too, because the place was packed. No wait, though. The waitresses were efficient and nice.
A broken promise. When we arrived, our room had been given to someone else. We still got a 3-bed room, but only one was a queen; the other two were double. We received a profuse apology, but a partial refund for the lesser room would have made it more sincere.
Funny smell. As we entered the room, it smelled old and musty. So old and musty, I woke up still covering my nose as I'd been doing when I fell asleep.
Really cold rooms. After 8 hours of driving late into the night, it would have been so nice to walk into a comfortable, preheated room. Fortunately, as mentioned above, the heaters worked well and warmed the room fairly quickly.
Bug in the bed. It was late, so we made a beeline to the kids' beds to turn them back. Underneath one pillow, I found a little, crescent-shaped, black bug already bunking there. Yuck. This resulted in a fight between our two boys as to who got to share a bed with him.
Hair on my pillow. And it wasn't mine. We have dark hair; this one was blond.
Would I stay here again? Probably not, unless I was in another financial fix - the musty smell really bothered me. Given our limited funds, however, I was extremely grateful for the three beds and three free breakfasts for such a low price.
My husband and kids thought the room smelled funny too, but it didn't bother them like it bothered me. Guess it depends on what is and what is not important to you. Based on the other reviews, I gather there might be remodeled rooms available which could make the smell factor a moot point. Ours had very dated carpet.
- Also Known As:
- Oregon Trail Hotel Baker City
- Oregon Trail Motel Baker City