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Where to stay?

sunmachinesunmachine Registered User Posts: 824 Member
edited November 2013 in Whitman College
Looking for recommendations on where to stay while visiting Whitman next month with my son. Doing this trip on a budget, so would like to find something clean, inexpensive, and convenient to the college. No frills necessary, but don't want bed bugs either. :) Thanks!
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Replies to: Where to stay?

  • sunmachinesunmachine Registered User Posts: 824 Member
    Just saw the "lodging" thread from last November that suggests a few budget hotels downtown and close to campus...
  • bopambobopambo Registered User Posts: 1,284 Senior Member
    Hi Sunmachine, I hope you and your son have a good visit in Walla Walla!
  • mmaahmmaah Registered User Posts: 944 Member
    We've enjoyed staying within walking distance of the campus at B&Bs or the Marcus Whitman...but due to booking late last year ended up at the Super 8 out toward the airport. It is only a short driving distance, no frills--but perfectly fine, clean and had a nice breakfast.
  • seattle_momseattle_mom Registered User Posts: 1,034 Senior Member
    My friend stays there frequently on business (with the college) and recommends the Travelodge as quite inexpensive and acceptable. H stayed there on college trip with D and said it was OK, nothing special.
  • bopambobopambo Registered User Posts: 1,284 Senior Member
    The good thing about the Travelodge is that it's across the street from campus and a block from downtown Walla Walla. It gives you a real feel for where you can get to on foot when you are a Whitman student.
  • sunmachinesunmachine Registered User Posts: 824 Member
    I read an exceptionally negative review about the Travelodge on an on-line site, but it was from 2008. Hopefully things have changed for the better since then.
  • bopambobopambo Registered User Posts: 1,284 Senior Member
    I didn't stay at the Travelodge, I stayed next door at the Vineyard Inn. Believe me, it wasn't fancy, but it was clean and had everything I needed, especially since I spent all my time on campus or exploring the town.
  • rixrix Registered User Posts: 145 Junior Member
    I've stayed at both Travelodge and Vineyard and would not recommend either to anyone. Many things are broken or worn out, and I never thought either was all that clean. I stayed there when my daughter first started Whitman but stopped because the savings and convenience weren't enough to make up for the cons. The Hampton is great, but not within walking distance. But it's a pretty quick drive. If you're visiting during the week, rather than a weekend, you might find a good rate at the very nice wallawallainns.com, which is downtown right on Main St. close to campus. You also might get a good rate at the Marcus Whitman during the week.
  • bopambobopambo Registered User Posts: 1,284 Senior Member
    Rix, maybe the Vineyard Inn is under new management. I stayed there this year in September and it wasn't as bad as you describe. Not new, but nothing was broken and it was clean and comfortable. Maybe I got the good room.
  • wendyawendya Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
    Just putting a plug for the Best Western which is walking distance to campus. By the end we always stayed there (although it has been almost a year since our last graduation visit).
  • noseemomnoseemom Registered User Posts: 45 Junior Member
    We stayed at the Travelodge and Vineyard Inn several times a few years ago. The location was excellent, but at that time at least, they were both a little broken down and cleanliness was only so-so. S stayed at the Vineyard Inn a few months ago, said it was fine but no hot water (apparently he's easy to please). For graduation (2009) we stayed at the LaQuinta and I thought it was a definite step up. It's a little farther, maybe a 7-8 block walk to campus, but nicer. It is next door to the Best Western which also looked nice. The Best Western was always booked when I was looking for a room, so that may be a good sign. We stayed at the Holiday Inn once - it was nice, but not within walking distance to campus or downtown (although everything in Walla Walla is a short drive). The Marcus Whitman is nice, definitely a step up. We never stayed there, but have had drinks and dinner over the years. Very pretty.
  • rixrix Registered User Posts: 145 Junior Member
    I saw this is the WW paper and remembered this discussion about the motels closest to Whitman (Vineyard and Travelodge). This is about the Vineyard, and while it's appalling it doesn't surprise me much.

    Major meth lab found at Walla Walla motel | Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
  • bopambobopambo Registered User Posts: 1,284 Senior Member
    Rix, yikes! I was cheek to jowl with the underbelly of Walla Walla. Perhaps that's too many body parts for one sentence? Anyway, I'll be headed for the Best Western next time.
  • rixrix Registered User Posts: 145 Junior Member
    Now we know why Noseemom's S didn't have any hot water when he stayed there... I imagine you need a bunch of that to cook meth. Definitely give the Hampton a try if you're ok with the short drive.
  • bopambobopambo Registered User Posts: 1,284 Senior Member
    I love the idea of not having to rent a car, sort of getting the student's eye view of Walla Walla, but there seem to be several better options within walking distance that fit my thrifty nature. Thanks for the heads up. I keep having visions of the Vineyard Inn with yellow police tape around it.
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