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“Great value, spotless and perfect in every way”
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Ponderosa Motel
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Ponderosa Motel
Ranked #4 of 5 Enterprise B&B and Inns
Nehalem, Oregon
2 reviews
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“Great value, spotless and perfect in every way”
Reviewed 1 October 2011

When visiting Eastern Oregon and in the Enterprise area, this is the spot to stay. Only a few minutes from Joseph and the lake, this motel is well run and well appointed. Everything you need is within walking distance and the maintained and rustic looking Ponderosa is a perfect fit for your visit to beautiful Oregon high country.

Room Tip: Rooms upstairs and next to the office are the quietest.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Portland, OR
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2011

The staff was friendly and the room clean. Perfect for a night after backpacking in the mountains for a few days.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2011

Duration: 2 Nights
When: Weekend (9/3, 9/4)
Destination: Lake Wallowa hiking, etc
Price: $72/night + tax
Location: Across street from City Hall building

First of all, if you're planning a trip in this area (Enterprise or Joseph, Oregon), you already know these are SMALL towns, with no chain hotels. Well, actually there was a Best Western, but they seemed to have gotten less than favorable reviews...with a high price. Anyways, local motels/Inns in Joseph, OR had no vacancies, so Enterprise was the the next town prior (6 miles). Not a bad drive...actually scenic views of Chief Joseph Mountain and other Eagle Cap Wilderness mountains.

Enterprise has two "bigger" properties....Wilderness Inn (which looked very run down - need a makeover badly) - hence Pass on that. And then there was the Ponderosa Motel (this place looked real cool...like a huge log cabin motel). When I called 4-5 days before arrival, all the non-smoking rooms were booked. HOWEVER, the owner stated they had a handicap room available (NS, and single queen) that I can take. Granted the only difference was the larger bathroom door and bathroom...along with extra rails in the shower/tub - else it was identical to any other room. So I took it. Room 120 (hint hint).

Upon arrival, as I mentioned prior, the place was a nice and clean log cabin looking motel. I loved it. lol. The staff was very nice and friendly. When I got into my room, it was huge...I was so glad I got this room. It was so spacious (the bed headboard, night stand, dresser, tv stand, desk table, mirror frame, were all made of wood logs assembly too (pine or something) to match the outside I guess. It was way cool. The bathroom was HUGE too (toilet, sink, tub/shower were in a separate room with door - where in the other rooms, only the toilet and shower are separated). So, if you ever get offered a handicap room, take it. I'm sure it also does not get used as much - so it is much cleaner. You know what I mean. lol. Lots of parking and free high speed wireless.

The ONLY drawback to me was no hair dryer. So bring your own. I honestly did not bother to even ask the front desk if they had loaners. But you may want to ask. That's about it. Also, no free breakfast (continental or otherwise)...no big deal, as there a few places within walking distance to eat.

Also, just a general observation from most hotels/motels. The carpets are really dirty. lol. I typically wash at night as I like to go to bed clean....and also I'm Asian. lol. But when I jump in the shower in the morning - just to quickly wake up...I see black foot prints in the shower. haa haa. Its irrelevant to the quality of the motel, but something to add.

Anyways, if you're in Enterprise or Joseph, check this place out. I think it has the best value. I will certainly stay there again if I had a choice.

Room Tip: If you get offered a converted handicap room, take it.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Portland
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2011

After the 6 plus hour drive from home, we were so happy to open the door to our room. Lovely log cabin feel, rustic wooden pieces, a comfy bed, lots of power plugs. Spotless bathroom. It was the poor WiFi, signal that stopped me from giving the 5th star. The staff was wonderful, and so helpful. When we return to the area, we will be staying here again.

Room Tip: All are non-smoking, view is of the City hall. We were under the stairs, (ground floor) in a corner...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
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2 Thank burn1
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england
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2011

Motel is next to the courthouse right in the middle of town. Really nice touches in the rooms-real flowers, lamp on in a corner, air con switched on (and it isn't just on/off, but has a room thermostat on the wall.) It made you feel welcome and showed the little touches that are so valuable. Beautifully situated with the snow tipped mountains around the town. Good, clean room, very quiet, no breakfast, but the prices are so low that who cares,( motel breakfasts are usually calorie stuffed unhealthy junk anyway -are you reading this all you big dominant chain motels?)
Delightful motel and town, so much nicer than the awful Joseph a few miles away. This is a real town.

Room Tip: as always, get a room upstairs
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ponderosa Motel
Address: 102 E Greenwood St, Enterprise, OR 97828-1231
Region: United States > Oregon > Enterprise
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Ranked #4 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Enterprise
Number of rooms: 33

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