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243 North 4th Street, Montpelier, Vermont 83254
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ashbourne, United Kingdom
June 26, 2011
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Clover Creek InnMontpelierIdahoWHY STOP HERE?We stayed one night in this motel between Salt Lake City and Jackson Hole in Wyoming. We chose Montpelier as we both wanted to visit the Oregon Trail museum there. We looked to book on line before we left ...
Clover Creek Inn
WHY STOP HERE?
We stayed one night in this motel between Salt Lake City and Jackson Hole in Wyoming. We chose Montpelier as we both wanted to visit the Oregon Trail museum there. We looked to book on line before we left the UK and thought this one looked okay. We looked on Trip advisor and a lot of reviews were very negative so we decided to leave it until we were there to decide.
WHERE TO STAY?
We arrived in Montpellier at about 3 pm after spending the morning on Antelope Island and then driving through the most spectacular scenery through the Wasatch Mountains passed Bear lake and finally to the small town of Montpelier. We found this motel and decided to take a look. We were offered a room for the night including breakfast for $65 so we thought we would risk it.
The motel has huge parking spaces for trucks and RVs as well as cars and is built in a U shape. The reception is quite small with a smallish area with tables and chairs where the buffet ‘help yourself’ breakfast is set out too. There is also a computer just beside the reception area for guests to use free or you can use the FREE wifi from your room.
WHAT A WELCOME:
When we were checking the lady was most welcoming and suggested two dining options for us when we asked what she recommended. We did try the Mexican just over the road (6 lanes to cross) and it was excellent. She also gave us a card for two free welcome drinks in their small bar upstairs. Later on we returned to ask for two more pillows and these were handed straight to us. We also asked about the internet at that visit and explained that we had been told that the road to Jackson was closed with a landslide. She very kindly gave us two maps one of Idaho and one of Wyoming and showed us the other route to Jackson on the maps.
The room was a decent size with one double bed. A very large cupboard hid the TV and there were a few drawers under the TV. Two bedside cabinets had mock cupboards and a single drawer with a Bible and a Book of Mormon! You could tell we were still in Mormon country as I am sure this little gem of literature would not be found in many hotels beyond this area.
The room was quite dark but there were plenty of lights around the room. There was a large window at the front of the room with two sliding glass windows and mosquito mesh but once you opened the curtains anyone walking by could see straight in the room so you had to choose privacy or light.
E also had a couple of chairs and a table. On this table was a huge folder full of interesting facts about the area, places to visit and restaurants around the town. I found the history section of this really interesting; apparently Butch Cassidy’s first bank job was the bank in Montpelier. I thought this folder was a very well put together and a really interesting read for guests.
The room also had a small fridge, an ironing board and iron as well as a microwave, ice bucket and coffee maker. There was no safe but we were only there one night and the place seemed really very quite so we hid our valuables under the divan bed when we were out for our meal.
The bathroom was very small with a bath and shower over this and a tiny toilet. The basin was once again outside in a separate section with the hanging space, the luggage stands and ironing board and iron. There was a small but efficient hairdryer too which was attached to the wall near the basin.
I did notice a couple of times when I woke that you could hear the huge trucks going past on the road in front of the motel so in summer you would choose to have the air conditioning on rather than open the window as the double glazing did keep some of the louder noise away.
This room had been converted into a small bar in the last two weeks and we made our way up to have our free welcome drink. Unfortunately Idaho doesn’t share Utah’s clean air belief and so smoking is not banned in public places. One person was smoking but fortunately it didn’t fill the room too badly. The free welcome drink was for beer or any basic liquor, not branded stuff which we thought was pretty generous. After our freebie we did stay and enjoy a second drink. Other people in the bar were very friendly and it was during this conversation that we discovered we would have to take a longer route to Jackson. We spent a good hour or so in the bar and had a very pleasant chat with other guests in there. I thought the welcome drink was such a nice gesture and the small bar an excellent idea.
Apart from the bar the motel offered a small hot tub and a couple if ice machines as well as a soft drink machine.
In the morning we made our way over to the reception area for our breakfast. There was a choice of two fruit juices and three or four cereals. Coffee was made in a machine both caffeine rich and de caffeinated stuff. There was also a range of tea on offer as well as hot chocolate and a hot apple cider which I was tempted to try but went for tea instead.
I thought I’d found a yogurt but this turned out to be a small pot of apple sauce ( stewed apple0 which was quite tasty. My husband decided to go for the biscuits and gravy but I’m not fussed on scones with a savoury white sauce so took a couple of pancakes and had Loganberry sauce with them, It was a very different breakfast. You could choose toast or mini muffins too but that was it for the choice. You could tell we were in the country rather than the city by the choices offered here, different but not something i would go for every day from choice.
WHAT DID YOU THINK?
In my view I thought this was a really great value night’s stay. The room was good, clean and comfortable with everything you might need for a night’s stay. The bathroom was not in its first flush of newness but was very clean and once again we had soap, shampoo and body lotion provided so no complaints there.
If you are looking for a place to break the journey between Salt Lake City and the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone then this makes a great little place to stay. If you plan on staying in this area for longer then this would not be a bad base.
The staff and other guests were delightful and really made us feel welcome and at home. Nothing wa too much trouble for them to do to help make our stay comfortable so we were more than happy especially as it was less than half the price of other places we stayed on the trip.
Yes I would say this was a great value, clean comfortable and very welcoming place to stay.
I'd go to Idaho
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