I admire what the new owners have attempted to do with this vintage motor court motel. The carpets are fairly new, the mattress is firm and the bathrooms, while small, have been renovated. It’s a clean place and that is half the battle when selecting and evaluating a motel.
The owner is very friendly and accommodating. She is quite enthusiastic about her property that she has owned for four years. Early check-ins are permitted and she even provided us with a king bed for the same price as a queen. In some ways, she is correct in her claim that it is a better place to stay than the Super 8 down the road, which is overdue for an overhaul. The Super 8 however, has a very pleasant view of the Peaks Of Otter. The Bedford Motel is certainly preferable to the Days Inn, at least since I last stayed there many years ago. With her pleasant, hospitable attitude and cordiality, I really wanted to like this place.
There are problems, however. Minor but notable, upon check-in, there was a fly in the room. More of an issue is that the motel is just yards away from main route 460 going into Bedford in one direction and Roanoke in the other. Bring earplugs because the traffic noises with be noticeable and steady into the late and early morning hours. Though the windows appear to have been upgraded, the standard wood doors with not mask any of the traffic racket. Truck noise is especially disturbing and for unknown reasons, it is worse at 2:00 A.M. than it is at 7:00 A.M. Quite honestly, this venue is noisier than a modern motel located near a major metropolitan airport.
The TV in our room was small and it was the old picture tube type, not a modern flat screen. It did have convenient jacks ion the side for audio and video inputs. There was a refrigerator and microwave in the room, which is always a plus. Another little goodie on the plus side is the combination vent fan and heater in the bathroom. If you wonder where all the bathroom heat lamps have gone, this is as good, if not better. This feature was probably my favorite part of the stay.
The towels were too small though and in need of replacement as they are thin as cheesecloth. A box of tissues also would have been nice. The bathtub drain was in need of unclogging. The only part of the bathroom that was overlooked was the shower curtain. It had some mildew on it and needed to be thoroughly cleaned or replaced.
The sink area needs to be updated and it would be helpful if there were more shelf space on which to place toiletries. With space at a premium, such a table or shelf would need to be placed below the air conditioner unit.
The room was furnished with mismatched furniture and decor which wasn't a big deal but one of the sitting chairs had a damaged back. The desk chair was uncomfortable and had only a thin pad covering the wicker seat.
The mattress on the king size bed was firm but for reasons I can only speculate, it was wrapped in a vinyl cover bag. This restricted the ventilation abilities of the mattress and made it a bit hot.
The wireless internet signal was weak, snail’s pace slow and frustratingly sporadic and far too often, non-existent. Going outside with the laptop helped tremendously but was impractical to do at times. Also, using the computer outside was no remedy for dropouts. If you have a smart-phone, connection shouldn’t be as much of a problem. Perhaps asking for another room where the internet is stronger will help but it doesn’t matter if there is free Wi-Fi if it is not accessible or too weak to be adequately functional.
The problem with Bedford, Virginia is that there really isn’t a decent motel to stay at which is also a good value. Much better deals can be had in Roanoke or Lynchburg. I’d say the only areas where the Bedford Motel exceeds the Super 8 is somewhat in cleanliness and certainly in price. I stayed at the Days Inn once and wouldn't consider staying there again. The Super 8 was great during its first few years but is overdue for a renovation. Once the Super 8 is updated, it will be the preferred choice except for the price, especially in peak season. If you play Priceline however, you may be able to get the Super 8 for about the same rate as the Bedford Motel.
I would have rated this property as average if it wasn't for the excessive traffic noise.