If you've never been to Oil City, you're not missing much. If you wanted to see what a small 'city' would look like from the late 60's and early 70's, without any upkeep, rebuilding or remodeling, then this is the town for you. The hotel is right in the middle of it all, itself a remnant of a bygone era. It's extremely obvious that the place is trying to get by, pinching pennies everywhere they can. One example is the hallways. They're freezing, obviously to save from the heating costs. And although all the rooms seem to be remodeled, the hallways and most of the common areas have not been updated, reinforcing that old 70's feel. It honestly seems more like a motel than a hotel. Another money-saver? Ten bucks for every hour you stay after eleven. Yep, not twelve. Eleven. The night before I stayed at a Comfort Inn and the let me check out at one for no extra cost. And don't go by the pic on the website. It's the generic picture used by America's Best Value Inn. Absolutely nothing like the actual hotel.
I was a bit nervous there, considering some of the people I saw checking in that night, and sure enough, around midnight, I was awoken to someone screaming below us, either in a room or the parking lot. It was a guy going absolutely berserk on his girlfriend, somehow managing to squeeze the F-word at least three times into every sentence. My wife was terrified, and we jumped online to see that the Holiday Inn Express was only about five miles away, and assured ourselves that next quarter, we knew we had a better place to stay.
The continental breakfast included juice and milk in gallon jugs like you have at home in your fridge, with mini-doughnuts from the grocery store shelf, which were hard and stale.
The one positive was the restaurant attached to the hotel itself, which we ate at the night before. Although the waitress had no uniform and looked like she had just walked in off the street, she was very nice. Probably more bar than restaurant, it still had a nice atmosphere. And the food was excellent and affordable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Days Inn Oil City Conference Center, conveniently located on the banks of the Allegheny River in historic downtown Oil City, PA. Whether you are in the area for business, pleasure or scheduling an event or conference in one of our meeting rooms or ballroom, we invite you to come and experience the warmth and hospitality of our newly remodeled hotel. We offer amenities such as free continental breakfast, featuring hot and cold items, microwaves, refrigerators, and automatic free Wi-Fi in all public areas and guest rooms, to ensure you have everything you need for a convenient stay. Take advantage of our seasonal outdoor pool overlooking the Allegheny River, or blow off some steam in our on-site fitness center. Guests also have free access to the local YMCA. A variety of restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel and our staff can help you with information about local events, shopping, museums, historic buildings or the resident Artist Studios. Oil City is a recognized "Trail Town" and our hotel caters to bikers and cyclists. It is conveniently located just 2 miles from the head of the Samuel Justus Bike Trail where you can walk, bike, cross country ski or snowshoe. However you choose to spend your time, we look forward to having you at our Oil City hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Oil City Hotel Oil City
- Americas Best Value Inn And Suites Oil City