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“Convenient Stopover” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Oak Tree Inn - Green River

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Oak Tree Inn - Green River
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Green River
Edinburgh
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73 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Convenient Stopover”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2008

We stopped at Green River en route from SLC to Laramie. The town's a little desolate but, we believe, there aren't many other hotel options available.

On our way we drove the Mirror Lake Scenic Highway passed snow and beautiful views, visited Evanston for provisions close by I84 and called in at Fort Bridger, just missing the annual Pony Express Association rode through. Aww!

Oak Tree Inn is large and very busy but staff were helpful and friendly. The facilities were spotless and quiet. We'd read reviews about noisy railworkers coming and going through the night but we slept well.

Betty's Diner is alongside the hotel. It's cheap and chearful.

  • Liked — Convenient location and comfortable
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank EdinburghNomad
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Criccieth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2007

Green River is a small town in Wyoming, known mostly for its connections to the railroad. We visited as part of a trip around Utah, Colorado and Wyoming, it was pictures taken at Green River that first inspired my fiancés interest in American trains several years ago. We booked the motel through ebookers, and when we arrived the receptionist said she recognised our name but didn’t actually have our reservation for that evening. However she quickly assigned us a room, exactly as we had booked and took a copy of the email print out I had with me to sort out any problems that arose later. We were given our room key, along with a brown paper bag containing a breakfast voucher, shampoo and coffee.

The reception area had an ice machine and other vending machines, and I believe that these were also available in the doorway to each building.

As all Oak Tree Inn’s they are primarily set up for Union Pacific Railroad employees, but fill any spare capacity with paying guests. This was not obvious during our stay, I only read this when I arrived home. We did have views of the railroad, which of course pleased my railroad fan fiancé, and the motel is just off the interstate. I did not notice any noise from the road or railway during the night. Their website states that the rooms are deliberately noise and light proofed to help the railroad employees on shiftwork to sleep.

The motel is a very large complex; spread over 4 separate buildings each with 2 floors. I didn’t find out the total number of rooms. Rooms on the ground floor, (1st floor in America!) have doors opening to the carpark space outside the door. Access to upstairs rooms was via stairs at either end of the building and the doors open on to internal corridors. There is a Penny’s Diner in the grounds; this is a traditional 1950s American Diner! The food was great, typically cheap and plenty of it. Very little choice for vegetarians, but then that’s normal for Wyoming too! The diner is open 24 hours a day, presumably to feed the hungry engineers and railroad staff who come and go at all times of day! The inn supplies a voucher for free breakfast at the diner, this cannot be used for dinner, but is valid for the most expensive breakfasts on the menu! You do have to pay taxes and of course the tip.

Our spotlessly clean room had a king sized bed, and a recliner to sit in whilst watching the large TV, in the corner was a fridge and microwave. The bathroom has a bath with shower over. There is a hairdryer in the room, and we had too many TV channels to count.

We only had one night in Green River so I can’t tell you what the room servicing was like. The inn has a gym and whirlpool, but we didn't use it.

We paid $78 plus 8% tax for a room for two people through ebookers, getting a little cashback thorugh Quidco. A quick look at their website shows that booking direct may be a little more expensive, but it would be possible to guarantee a king sized bed. Rooms with two queen sized beds are also available.

We would definitely go back to this hotel, and will look out for others in the same chain on future visits to the USA.

  • Liked — Having a diner int he grounds, getting a good nights sleep
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank ruthiejane
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Chapel Hill, NC
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2006

We were on our way to Yellowstone and looked for a place stay that would break the trip from Vail. All the hotels in Rock Spings were full and based upon other reviews, we chose to stay in the Oak Tree Inn.

First, one might find the constant inflow and outflow of people into the Inn a bit disconcerting. However, air travelers know that air crews are required to have mandatory rest breaks. The trains are no different and this Inn serves the rails. Others have noted this. However, the staff also serves the traveling public on I-80.

The Inn was remarkably quiet and the rooms large and comforatable. Don't expect big, plush towels or high thread count sheets (pretty budget-minded standard fare), but the beds and the recliner in the room were comfortable. My wife noted the nice shower pressure.

When the Inn is full, don't expect to be able to get an extra pillow either. I don't think there are any elevators so if you need a first floor room, make sure you specify it. Remember, you are at a significant altitude and running up and down stairs can test your conditioning.

I got take-out from the diner at the entrance to the property. It was fine and reasonably priced. The diner was going to be closed for breakfast, so we didn't receive a breakfast voucher. There were people who were given vouchers for breakfast not knowing that the diner was going to be closed.

If you get there after dark, you are in for a bit of a surprise in the morning. The backdrop to the Inn is pretty dramatic.

We went into downtown Green River (worth the drive) and ate breakfast at the Crazy Moose. Great place and a very good breakfast if you want an alternative to the diner. Stop at the Centennial Park downtown.

For an overnight stop we found this to be a good value.

  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank Denali_Dreams
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Edinburgh, Scotland
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111 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2006

Booked the motel as a one night stop on our way from Yellowstone to Vail...no reviews to be found, so we were holding our breath when we arrived at the Oak Tree...

Green River (we discovered) was created to look after the railroad as there's a big junction there - an interesting Green River factoid! The train drivers/engineers need a layover place and the Oak Tree Inn is that place. It's big, with 3 or 4 2 storey blocks and it's booked out months in advance - so book early if you want to stay here!

Room clean and a decent size, with fridge, microwave and coffee maker. There's also a laundry in each block (2 washing machines and 2 driers), very handy when on a roadtrip.

Penny's Diner on site is open 24/7 - good basic grub, and you get a $5.49 voucher towards your breakfast.

This is a great place to stay to break the long trip back from Yellowstone and incredibly good value for money.

Another Green River factoid - it's the place where John Wesley Powell set off from on his voyage down the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon...

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9 Thank rmlj
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Property: Oak Tree Inn - Green River
Address: 1170 W Flaming Gorge Way, I-80 & Hwy 530, Exit 89, Green River, WY 82935-4005
Location: United States > Wyoming > Sweetwater County > Green River
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Green River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Oak Tree Inn - Green River 2*
Number of rooms: 192
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Oak Tree Inn-Green River is the perfect place to stay. Located just a short drive to scenic Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Expedition Island Park and Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. Our well-appointed rooms encompass the iconic Oak Tree Inn "Restful Night's Sleep" and is ideal for the business traveler, family, sports team, or anyone looking for a great stay! ... more   less 
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