I decided to break up my roadtrip back from Idaho to Oregon in between as I made a stop at Boise, which is also the state capitol of Idaho for a visit in the afternoon after departing from Sun Valley. Through searching from Google Maps and picking on the best choices, I decided to stay at a Best Western once again since they had a promotion whereby guests will be entitled to a $25 gift card after every 2 stays. Since my Best Western Tyrolean Lodge made up one stay, I reserved a night at Pendleton, Oregon which had a relatively fresh and well-rated Best Western property.
And it was a great decision since I arrived at the hotel just as the sun was going down the horizon. The Best Western Pendleton Inn is located just off Interstate 84 which connects to the Columbia River Gorge scenic drive but it is actually one or 2 highway stops away from the main town of Pendleton. Thus guests staying here are restricted to the food in the vicinity which is basically just a Shari’s Restaurant. I would perhaps recommend staying at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino for roadtrippers without any want for miles.
The check-in at this property was once again quick and it feels more like a real roadside highway with a proper lobby and seating area. There is again a workstation and printer at the corner of the lobby. The check-in agent was also kind enough to mention the breakfast benefits and provide the wifi password as well as showing me the direction to my room. Nothing to complain here at all and I also appreciated a main floor room. I did remember an elevator in this hotel but I could be wrong and I do think elevators in these hotels are also kind of slow, so ground floor rooms are much better.
Room No: 114 Category: 2 Queen Bedroom
I was able to move my car over to the other entrance closer to my room. In fact, I was able to monitor my car from the room which made it more secure as I do have my snowboard in the car. In this instance, there was no upgrade and I did not ask either but the theme of an open closet continues for this Best Western property. Maybe Best Western should advertise the ease of getting your clothes as a benefit of their property.
There was a sort of pantry with a coffee machine outside the bathroom and a metal sink that was useful. Meanwhile the bathroom itself was slightly brighter but it has the same bathtub/shower combination that is usual to most North American hotel chains.
Bath amenities seems similar to the ones I got in the Tyrolean Lodge but comes in a slightly different bottle. There was also a bit more amenity given here.
Over at the bedroom, there was 2 queen size beds as to what I had booked since that was the cheapest option. And there was no availability of king size beds that day either. It did not really matter though as I was just crashing for the night.
While the bed was alright, there was something missing in the room. Instead of a work desk, the room has a square desk and 2 chairs but the space was quite cramped for them to be used together. This can cause some problems when 2 persons occupy the room and need to work.
The other amenities inside the room are a bar fridge and a microwave oven underneath the TV cabinet which is useful in such a remote location to re-heat sandwiches or pizza I guess. However, the hotel does seem to take note of the hotel’s location and has compiled a list of places where guests can head for meals so that is quite considerate of them.
The hotel also has a small fitness centre located on the ground floor and while it is a small facility, it was adequate since not very many people uses it.
Like my previous Best Western stay, breakfast was included here and they had a bar area beside the reception desk that is converted to become a full breakfast area and guests could pick what they would like to eat and bring it over to a small room that has been converted to a dining room. The room was cozy and could spell trouble for when it gets busy.
The interesting thing was that biscuits and gravy was once again served in the breakfast and I am starting to think it may be a Best Western breakfast special! A DIY waffle maker was also present and thus I went with a waffle, some omelette and sausages.
Once again I think the breakfast selection on this Best Western property did not disappoint as it was complimentary for all guests. There was also fresh fruits on the bar, yogurts, toast and boiled eggs.
For the rate of $91++, and still less than $100 after taxes, I think this hotel was a good deal considering the rooms were better and they still included breakfast and all the amenities which included a swimming pool that seems to be closed as it was outdoor and the weather was still a bit chilly. However do note that this is a recently opened property and thus still in good conditions. There lies the dilemma for roadside hotels since there are not much differentiation, I would just pick the newer ones. After all they would tend to be cleaner and unless there are no newer properties along the way, then I would have no choice but say here again.