by Joanna Nesbit
This BEST WESTERN isn’t far from Salem’s downtown core and capitol buildings. Hotel amenities include complimentary breakfast, an indoor heated pool, hot tub, steam room, fitness center, guest laundry, free airport shuttle and free parking. For breakfast, the hotel issues vouchers for Denny’s next door, which features a slightly more limited menu than for regular patrons.
With 109 rooms, the hotel offers standard rooms with one king or two queen beds, and executive suites with one king or two queens and separate sitting area with a sofa bed. Standard rooms come with a mini-fridge and microwave. Some suites include a kitchenette and there’s a “hospitality suite” with one queen bed and full kitchen, as well as a queen sofa bed. Cribs and adjoining rooms are also available.
The hotel is near a Regal Cinema, and it’s a quick jaunt to the downtown state capitol buildings and Riverfront Carousel.
Our Editor Loves
- Indoor pool and hot tub
- Suites with living room and kitchen
- Complimentary breakfast at Denny's
- Horse Back Riding
- Theme Park
- Water Sports
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
I highly recommend staying at the Best Western Plus Mill Creek Inn. Ease of access to the motel from I-5 and downtown, plenty of parking, professional, accommodating staff and housekeeping.
There is no on site breakfast at the motel, however, just across the parking lot is a Denny's with a great staff and good food.
For those of us who allergic to dogs and cats, there seems to be an increasing amount of people dragging their pets into motels. We were actually confronted by a growling, barking dog at the elevator who was not under complete control by his owner.
All hotels, motels and resorts, open to the public, should have a policy of muzzling animals on their property, before someone gets bits and sues the company.
We stay here whenever we come to Salem. We visit family in Portland & find this a good option.
We have put up with the "breakfast situation" over the years. Denny's is directly across the parking lot & for us it seems the best idea rather than how it was. However, most often, you wait in line & can get bogged down in the morning rush. We've eaten dinner @ Denney's whenever we come to stay & it is affordable & pleasant. They do have a lounge/bar. The staff is courteous & food is good. You do end up spending more for breakfast because the voucher is minimal. One good thing, you don't have to get into your car to find a warm meal. Costco a few blocks away for food & gas. We brought our own coffee maker because the room coffee has it's limits.
We did find the clean COLD & ample sized queen-bed room more than comfortable when you turn ON the wall heater to high & wait for the benefits. Noisy of coarse. Not sure why the hallways & our room were so cold that evening.
We entered the room & found the wall heater/AC OFF & when turned on, the smell of warm dust mites was present.Took forever to get the room warmed. Very unpleasant but what can you do when its dark, cold & raining outside. We in turn were very grateful for the dated atmosphere which seemed comfortable in a funny way. Real glass mugs for warm drinks. Clear drinking glasses & ice bucket with a round wooden table with 2 wooden chairs to sit on while watching TV. Can't get any better because you don't have to sit on the beds Rugs were clean. Computer table & chair was nice touch.
Good window coverings, dark room was good for sleep.The queens beds looked great but once you got into the bed itself you realize that they spend way too much money on the fancy looking bed accessories & not for the traveler who likes warm blankets, real pillows & decent linens with substance. I usually bring an extra blanket & pillows from home for this issue. We had to stack all the "extra bedding" onto the floor in order to access the bed.You'd wonder how clean those bed accessories are?
We had trouble with noise. Pizza delivery next door at 10 PM along with music coming from room down hallway. Next door's bathroom fan ran forever along with early morning showers made our sleep disrupted.
Loved the room vanity with 2 sinks, refrigerator was small & felt warm when opened initially. Microwave worked. Lots of storage for clothes (table tops-drawers).
H20 pressure was less that good for rinsing shampoo out of hair. Liquid soap with little suds action & no bath mat. Adequate to good bath towels & wash clothes. Lighting in the bathroom was great. It was clean!
I like to read at night. They had lots of lighting around the room, but the LOW wattage was annoying & would make staying more than one night a big disadvantage & dismal. USB shortage, need I say more.
The large parking area in then front of the hotel beats the usual for accessibility. You will walk in the rain to the front door, it's Oregon. From the outside, the hotel is attractive & landscaping is kept up over the years.