The Willows Inn, about 4 miles outside of Beaver, PA, is a little inconveniently located. in a quasi-residential neighborhood. There's nothing nearby that a visitor would want or need - like a gas station or a fast-food joint. But because it's not off an interstate, there are no heavy rigs pulling in and out of the parking lot at all hours. And there's no pool, so there are no families with noisy kids running around outside the window of your room as you are trying to wind down after a hard day's driving through the construction zones that comprise much of I376, I 79, and I90 (all of which we traveled to get to Industry from northeastern NY.) The Willows satisfies my basic requirements for a room: inexpensive ($74 for three adults with a cot in the room), clean, quiet, working plumbing. However, the property seems to have given up on the cosmetics. Weeds poke up through the many cracks in the asphalt of the parking lots. Paint is peeling. The inside of the room, though clean, needs updating. Hole-ridden bedspreads covered our beds, the edge of my blanket was ripped, the upholstery of the two chairs in our room was stained. The bathroom is basic; my only complaint is that the shower, which offers a good flow of water, does not keep a consistent temperature - I guess when the people in the next room decided to use hot water too, ours got cut off. Bars of soap are supplied for free, but if you want shampoo you have to buy a bottle for 10 cents at the reception desk. The Willows Inn seems to be a popular temporary residence for Hispanic laborers working in the area. Several rooms seemed filled with groups of men who congregate outside of some of the rooms. There was more activity (and noise) Saturday night (presumably the men get a break from work on Sundays) than on the Friday night of our stay, when you could hear a pin drop all evening. That said, during sleeping hours, I have never stayed in a quieter roadside motel.
Complimentary coffee (regular; no decaf available) is offered during the morning at the reception desk -- but if it's food you want, you have to make the drive into the outskirts of Beaver, and it's a long drive to make when you are hungry.
Speaking of food, the Willows is mostly all about the plentiful lunch and dinner buffet in the restaurant at the center of the complex. Between the hours of 7:45 pm and 8:15 pm, as the buffet prepares to close for the night, room guests can enjoy it for half price ($6) In its earlier life, the Willows (still a banquet hall) was apparently a genteel place, maybe for the good people of Beaver to host their wedding receptions. But now it hosts a "car cruise" frequently, and I wouldn't want to parade my wedding guests in front of the clusters of Hispanic laborers. I think it's suffering as identity crisis as it slides gracefully downhill, from a nice place for the likes of the Rotary Club to meet to a place for a cheap room and good eats.