We are a family of three (husband, wife and 2-year-old son). Since our son goes to bed a lot earlier than us, we wanted to get something with a separated area for him at an affordable rate. We also needed something with a bathtub instead of just a shower, laundry facilities as we would be there for several days, non-smoking, and preferably close to dining options. We found it all at the Broadway Inn, with additional amenites such as a fridge, microwave, haridryer and continental breakfast being a plus.
We actually booked our room via Expedia. I specified all the options above with the agent and said i didn't care which hotel she found as long as it was clean and had everything we needed; She said there were not a lot of 2-bedroom suites available in Eugene, but the one she found for us suited us perfectly (and was literally hundred of dollars cheaper than the five-star hotel in the same area). In fact, at the price we paid, I was afraid the lodgings were going to be scary but they were quite pleasant as long as you weren't expecting fancy, just clean and comfortable.
We were there in the off-season, which may have helped with the price.
The motel itself is pretty basic: a U-shaped complex of "drive up to the door" rooms with the office in the middle--no interior hallways to run around in. Our 2-bedroom suite consisted of a main room, then a small short hallway that led to the bathroom and separate bedroom with its own door. Both bedrooms had a queen bed, alarm clock, closet two reading lamps, and window (the back window is small). The main room also had the TV, fridge, microwave, and heater/AC, a desk and chair). Neither room was very large. In fact we set up our Pack-and-Play (portable crib) in the back room, and had to slide the queen bed over to make room alongside it to fit it in. Though tight, our son loved the arrangement because for the first time, he could climb out of his crib onto the bed. I was afraid he's tried to escape in the middle of the night but he was content to stay in the crib until it was time to get up in the morning.
PRICE: We stayed three nights, and the price per night was better than most one-room room rates I've paid at other hotels. Great VALUE!
LOCATION: an easy drive to a very cool playground (Skinner Butte Park), to duck watching and children's museum at Alton Baker Park, and to Fifth Street Market (which has great toy store). We liked the Korean BBQ right across the street and the Thai place a few blocks down. There's an Original Pancake House about a 1/4 mile away and half a dozen other restaurants.
A little further drive led us to the Cascade Raptor Center, the Oregon Air and Space Musuem, and the Mount Pisgah Arboretum and Trails.
FREE BREAKFAST. The breakast is simple but tasty (bagels with cream cheese or jelly, Danishes, apples, bananas, applesauce and oatmeal and coffee juice tea). We knew there wouldn't be milk from previous reviews so we stopped at the 7-11 down the street and bought some after we checked in and just kept it in the fridge. We did decide to eat out our last morning to get some variety.
There isn't room to eat in the lobby but they had a guest room converted to a dining room, and it looked there there was a small outdoor seating area for when the weather turned warmer (we were there in Feb so it wasn't open, although the outdoor pool had water in it which surprised me).
QUIET: I know we had neighbors on both sides of us, but we really couldn't hear them through the walls.
STAFF: The staff were pleasant although misinformed as to which local parks had playgrounds. They directed us to Alton Baker just across the river (we couldn't find a playground there) but a bicyclist there referred us to Skinner Butte park which is even closer.
There really weren't that many, and they were all minor.
MINOR REPAIRS NEEDED: The three-drawer dresser drawer in our room needed repair (the middle drawer did not slide easily), but there was a working five-drawer dresser in the back room. One lamp in the back room didn't work, but the other and overhead light were bright enough. The heater/AC was in the main room only which meant the main room had to get quite warm in order to heat the second bedroom, but the blankets were plenty warm.
NOISE: There is some traffic noise, but my son liked it as he likes white noise. We also head a train on occasion, but that's the case almost anywhere in the area. You can't hear it if the heater is on.
NAVIGATING: You can only turn right out of the parking lot, and there are some one-way streets and odd-angled intersections which makes navigating difficult, but we had a GPS so it didn't bother us. We also bought a fold-out street map on our way to Eugene.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A family motel in an excellent Downtown location, across the street from the new Federal Courthouse and within easy walking distance to the University, the Hult Center, Downtown restaurants etc. We offer clean pleasantly decorated rooms with free continental breakfast and wireless internet access, HBO cable TVs, refrigerators and microwaves. We also have an outdoor (seasonal) pool and guest laundry facility. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Broadway Hotel Eugene
- Broadway Motel Eugene