We stayed at the Best Western Miner's Inn by chance in December. We had driven from Washington to California for the holidays. The drive down was great, but on our return trip we were caught in a snow storm. The California Highway Patrol had shut down the freeway and was not letting anyone continue on their journey North. The CHP required everyone to get off at the first exit in Yreka, California, a town with approximately 7,000 residents. The first people to the hotels at that exit had a room for the night. All others were being motioned to the fairgrounds to sleep in their cars. However, one of the officers motioned the car in front of us to continue on the freeway, and then he let us do the same. He wanted us to continue on the freeway until the next exit. As soon as we exited, there was a hotel on the right hand side of the street. It was the Best Western Miner's Inn.
We noticed there was a sign saying "No Vacancy" at the front of the hotel. Since it was cold and snowing out, we decided to stay in the car and call the hotel to see if they had any rooms. The person on the other end said "No" quickly and hung up the phone. We were disappointed. However, I convinced my husband to walk in to see if they would have a different answer. The answer was still no, but one of the employees gave him a list of other hotels in the area we could call. So, he came back to the car and started calling. All of the hotels had the same answer: "We are booked for the night." My husband got frustrated, but I didn't give up hope. I decided to pull out my laptop and see if I could find an internet connection. Since we were in the parking lot of the Best Western Miner's Inn, I was able to use their connection for free. Since I was using their connection, it took me to their homepage first. And strangely, it said they had vacancy. So, I decided to book online. It couldn't hurt. The reservation went through, gave me a confirmation number and said we had a room for the night. I was ecstatic.
I walked into the front office, told them my name and they found my reservation. They gave me a room. The staff member that I worked with was very nice, but there were a few others that were really rude to all of the individuals calling to see if there was vacancy. I understand that they kept answering the same question, but as a representative of a business, they should have been nicer. The employee's situation was a lot better than the people that were calling about vacancy - at least the had a warm place to be while it was below freezing outside.
The parking lot at The Best Western's Miner's Inn is huge. If every room was booked and had two cars, there was still room. Although it is not gated, the town is pretty quiet and mainly a stopping area for those traveling along Interstate 5. Therefore, we felt comfortable leaving our car in the parking lot.
The Best Western Miner's Inn has very large rooms. We got the cheapest room available at $67.99. Our room came with one queen bed, two nightstands, dining table and chairs, large dresser, desk, mini fridge and a 27" television. Even with all of this furniture, there was so much free space in the room. The largeness of the room really came in handy since we had our two dogs with us on this trip. They had room to roam around and were very comfortable at the hotel. The bed was quite comfortable and we had a great night sleep. The furniture and decor was a little outdated, but since we were there to just sleep, it did not matter to us at all. The most important thing was the bed, and the bed got an A+ grade from us. The bathroom area was also very large. There was a vanity area with sink near the actual bathroom. The vanity area provided a lot of counter space. The bathroom also provided a small vanity with sink, as well as the usual necessities. The shower provided very hot shower and was welcomed since we were so cold from being out in the snow. And, the Best Western Miner's Inn provided great toiletries such as shampoo, condition, body soap, hand soap and my favorite, mouthwash.
As I mentioned earlier, we had our dogs with us. The best benefit of staying at the Best Western Miner's Inn was that it allows pets. If they would not accepted pets, we would have been sleeping in our car. There is a small fee for having pets, but it's the smallest fee I have ever seen at a hotel. For pets 20 pounds and under, it is a one time $5 fee. For pets over 21 pounds, it's just $10. In addition, the hotel offers many pet areas outside for the dogs to do their business. In these areas, there are large trash cans and free waste bags to pick up after your pets. My favorite thing is that the other guests actually picked up after their pets. So many times at other hotels that allow dogs, you have to be very careful where you step. Not at the Best Western Miner's Inn - the guests followed the rules and pick up after their pets.
A disadvantage of this hotel is that it is in a small town. There is nothing wrong with small towns, but the only restaurants available are family-run business. I love family-run businesses, but many of them close very early. Because we did not get to the hotel until after 8pm (because we were stuck on the freeway for three hours), all of the restaurants within walking distance were already closed. So, that night we ate food that we found at the 76 gas station that was across the street from the hotel. However, in the morning we were able to fill our stomachs with a free continential breakfast at the hotel.
Although we were only at the hotel for one night, we really liked our stay. The rooms were comfortable, allow our dogs and we discovered, it is very close to many recreational activities. Within short drives, there are historical sites, ski resorts, hiking, fishing and a volcano. We love nature and like discovering new areas, so we'll be back and will be bringing our dogs with us.
So, if you're traveling along Interstate 5 and need a place to stay for the night, the Best Western Miner's Inn in Yreka, California is a great place to stop. If you want to discover and enjoy the many recreational activities in far Northern California, the Best Western Miner's Inn is still a great place to stay. The hotel offer cheap rates, huge rooms, comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking and allows pets. It's definitely a great hotel for the price!
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