Aghhhhhh .... the Shilo Inn. I stay in many different hotels and motels each year, somewhere between 50 and 150, so I've seen a lot, both in Canada and the USA. Some upmarket, others less so. The Shilo in Salem sort of defies a clear cut definition. I'd say when it was new, many, many moons ago, it would have been quite the stay. No longer so. I've stayed here twice in the past 12 months (no choice on my part), and on the last visit decided to drive back to Vancouver, BC, instead of staying the night (that's about a 7 hours drive!) My meeting finished earlier than expected, and although I had only just driven into Salem that morning (600km), I decided to drive back the same day.
Tired, musty, glum.
The staff do their job just fine, but even they can't polish a piece of worn bedrock into a gem.
If you're looking for just a place to stay and are fairly resilient to depression causing environment, do it. If you're low on Prozac, and need it, skip it!
Looking at the professionally taken photos of this hotel, they make it look almost glamorous. Alas, bright lights can do that. But, in reality, once you step out of the reception area, gloom and mustiness take over. The breakfast area is in the reception; don't expect much, but there is a McDonald's and Subway just around the corner. Location wise, it is only a few hundred yards from the I5, so you can get quickly in and out. Out in my case.
In another few years, they may start marketing the place as historically accurate. Till then, visit a museum instead.
During my first stay, last year, a twin-bed room was reserved and confirmed, but when I arrived, there was only one bed in the room, and the hotel was apparently booked out (senior marching bands or what not), so my business partner and I shared the same bed. Bummer. No pun intended.
I can't comment on value, because I never see how much they charge my company. So if the price is right, and you're not suicidal, give it a shot ... or a miss.
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