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Best Western Plus Derby Inn
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Best Western Plus Derby Inn
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Eagle River
Certificate of Excellence
New Orleans, Louisiana
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169 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Hotel and museum”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

This hotel is distinctive due to its large collection of snowmobile championship trophies. Each room is named for a past champion, and includes an autographed photo. The room was typical for such hotels. But Internet service, while fine when we arrived in late afternoon, turned out to be so intermittent after dinner that it proved useless. Also, while the bathroom included a tub, there was no stopper; so it was effectively just a shower.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2012

We chose this hotel because it was near a family get-together over the holiday week-end.
Our room was newly remodeled including, new refrigerator, new microwave and flat screen TV.
Comfortable beds with four square pillows per bed. the square pillows were different. OK for me but my wife found them to be too small. We enjoyed viewing the horses in the pasture out our window. The staff was very friendly, especially Mary. It was a fine place to stay for the extended week-end.

Room Tip: First Floor. No elevator.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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derbyinn, General Manager at Best Western Plus Derby Inn, responded to this review, September 7, 2012
Thank you for staying with us. We always appreciate the feedback. We look forward to seeing you again.


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Madison, Wisconsin
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98 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2012

We were quite please that you couldn't even hear people walk by when you are in your room. The hotel is clean, VERY up to date, comfortable with all the amenities you could want. Will defiitely be back.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Shady Valley
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2012

We stayed at this motel, because of a bad experience at another hotel in the area. We would have been better off staying at the first hotel.

The rooms were clean, but our room was next to the side door and ice machine. Very noisy.

Even though the side door says it is locked, it is not. Anyone can enter the building. Management is aware of the broken lock, but no repairs.

The fire alarm went off twice in one night. There was no fire. I was first told the ice machine puts off too much heat which activates the sensor. The next morning I was told it was high humidity that set the alarm off. I was also told this is not a new problem, but no repairs have been made.

The "free" breakfast is horrible. The offering was prepackaged omlettes, prepackage french toast, prepackaged biscuit sandwiches and assorted sweet rolls, plain bagels, and english muffins. This would have been alright, if the items listed had been stocked. Prepackaged breakfast food is not good.

I would recommend if you plan a trip to this area, stay in a private resort.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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326 reviews
84 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2012

The Eagle River Best Western is a newer building close to the snowmobile track, near the high school. The rooms are spacious, the beds comfy, and the bathroom clean. The pool water was warmer than most motel pools. The WiFi wasn't as strong, so we used the wire connection with no problems. The only annoyances is that there is no elevator for second floor rooms and the breakfast was a bit skimpy. Still, it was much better than other facilities, and at a decent price.

Room Tip: If you don't was steps, make sure you get a room on the first floor as there is no elevator.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Decatur, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 406 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2012

This appears to be a brand new hotel and is fresh and very clean. It's just a short sled-ride from the track where the World Championship Snowmobile Derby is held every year and the International Snowmobile Museum is closeby as well.

We choose this place because of the location in the North Woods and its low cost. It turned out to be perfect for us, with a nice reception in the evening...a warm breakfast (simple, but good enough) and clean rooms. Ours had two queen beds, nice TV and a fridge in the room. All pretty new and well-maintained.

This is a good value hotel and we would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2012

Our family booked two rooms for five nights at the Best Western in Eagle River, WI. This hotel has a real "Northwoods" feel the moment you walk into the lobby. Front desk staff and the cleaning ladies were very nice and efficient. The room (including bathroom) was clean and the bed was comfortable. There was a flat screen TV with lots of channels. The pool was good sized and the hot tub was still warm at 11pm. Even the breakfast was well above average -- I really liked those egg omlets. As an added bonus, we watched the July 4th fireworks from the hotel's front yard. My advice-- Don't take a chance on an older "name brand" hotel in the Northwoods, stay with these folks and you'll be glad you did!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Best Western Plus Derby Inn
Address: 1800 Highway 45 North, Eagle River, WI 54521
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Eagle River
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Eagle River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Best Western Plus Derby Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Year-round outdoor adventure awaits at this Eagle River, WI hotel, just minutes from the chain of 28 lakes, snowmobiling, hiking, biking and more! Whether you visit northern Wisconsin in the summer or winter, there’s sure to be something for everyone near the BEST WESTERN Derby Inn. Our property sits just feet away from Eagle River, part of Wisconsin’s infamous chain of 28 freshwater lakes. In the summer, our guests spend their days swimming, boating, fishing and enjoying other water sports in the area’s many lakes and rivers. In the winter, this Eagle River hotel offers easy access to more than 500 miles of groomed snowmobiling trails. The area is also home to scenic golf courses and hiking and biking trails. ... more   less 
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