The Valley River Inn
Travel Blogs from Eugene
Wednesday, 28th August
Packed up and left frog hollow and heading east for sunshine and warm weather. We are booked in at Armitage Park campground alongside the McKenzie River at Eugene.
Arrived around lunch time and yes the sun is shining and we are back to wearing just t-shirts and shorts. This is a beaut campground next to the pretty river here, so ...
We suffered through a cool night last night. Boy did the cool air feel good! We woke up to a beautiful blue sky, and enjoyed a breakfast consisting of cottage cheese and freshly picked wild blackberries. We always look forward to picking and eating blackberries when we are up this way and boy those plants are everywhere! The furry ones needed a walk so we put on long sleeves and took them for a stroll.
Last Sunday we met a couple ...
... park your tent trailer next to a mansion on wheels towing a brand new Jaguar. I kid you not. When your tow car is a Jaguar you've got some money to burn. And we've got glorious wi-fi again. We set-up, I sweated, and then everyone went for 'quiet time'. Mel is asleep, trying desperately to feel better. The storied 'Eugene Saturday Market' is tomorrow and she's been pumped for it for a while. It's hard to believe that we're more than half done ...
... is so much involved, yet based on so little, it’s hard to get my head around it. Sun is setting and we get back to Hermine’s house where Nick and Stefania prepare a delicious Eastern meal. They combine their mutual Hungarian roots and end up with Poppyseed Bread Pudding (made of the other Challah loaf). Satisfied and tired we round up for a cup of tea on the deck, Portland nightlife on the horizon and talk the night away with some more birth ...
Day 7 layover day,
Another nice day in Eugene, we had many chores to get done before leaving tomorrow. Had to retrieve Bill's credit Card from the day before. Gassed up the Van it costs over $100 each time and that is not filling it the whole 35 gallons. Picked up a few more things for the trip at Fred Meyers. Had a delicious sandwich at The Healthy Café, washed and vacuumed the Van .
We got back at Rita’s ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
Historical Traveler Reviews The Valley River Inn Eugene
We stayed at the valley river inn the weekend of June 10. They were almost completely booked when we made reservations so happy to secure a corner parlor suite (top floor) overlooking a portion of the parking lot. The room was quiet - for some reason that pkg area was hardly used. The staff was young and smiling, an extra blanket was delivered to the room within 5 minutes of asking, the room was suprisingly big and well furnished. Everything was very clean. Comfortable king size bed. Lots of toiletries (which were replenished) and good towels (some fluffy and a few so-so). Didn't get a chance to use the restaurant or walk around the grounds much but the setting is beautiful. I would definitely stay there again (unless I'm in the mood for a B&B).
Nice Grounds, Huge Jacuzzi, Male and Female Sauna, River View
After reading the reviews about noise, I was a little worried. I have a River view room and did not experience any of this noise problem reported by others.
The grounds are meticulously taken care of. The Sweetwaters is quite good. Free High speed internet is a nice touch.
The headboard on one of the beds rattled every time I rolled over, I'll find out if they take care of it today.
Very pretty scenery. This is a place I'd stay again.
Lovely, Romantic and Unparalleled Oregon River Views
We have been coming to this amazing hotel for the last fifteen years. The hotel itself is nice, a little on the noisy side if you get a room overlooking the parking lot, so request one on the back side of the hotel. The grounds are lovely and very green, but the centerpiece on the wedding cake, so to speak is the beautiful dining room overlooking the gorgeous Wilamette River. The Valley River Inn has one of the nicest dining rooms anywhere, very romantic and pretty, but refined. The food is very good and it is marvelous on a summer or spring evening to sit overlooking the river at sunset and share your favorite wine with the one you love. I would recommend this place to stay and especially to dine at when in Eugene, Oregon. A very pleasant experience.
A little noisy
My husband and I have stayed here a number of times and have been pleased, but the last visit was disappointing. We had a first floor room and, because of poor construction, heard our upstairs neighbors walking around very early. Other than that, it was fine, but I don't think we'll be back.
I enjoyed my stay at the Valley River Inn. I read many of the comments and see some of that complaints were warrented. While I did see mildew in the shower, the entire room was very clean. Actually I was surprised by how big it was. The beds were very comfortable, and the room itself was quiet. There was a nice assortment of shampoo, conditioner, and bubble bath among other items in a welcome basket. Not only did the room offer Wolfgang Puck coffee, there was a few bags of Stash Tea, Earl Grey.
(This is a delayed review) We routinely travel into the area annually and this property had been recco'd with frequency. Our trips usually span 4-5 nights so this place was "home" during that time.
My husband and I stayed at the Valley River Inn in August 2003. Things started out great. The welcome was warm and a free offer to automatically upgrade us to the next level of accomodations was extended-(from a $143 room to a $156 room.) Of course we gladly accepted.After that it was all down hill. I can not recommend this hotel in the, "Value for the money catagory." This was not about personal taste, but even cleanliness and upkeep. The shower was heavily mildewed, the light switches were falling off the wall. Even the patio door was off it's tracks. We had intially upgraded to a $143 room, in part, because of the included Conceirge Level cocktail hour and conitinental breakfast. We were expecting appetizers and were basically served Ritz crackers and cheese. Despite this experiece we tried room service. On our first called attempt I was put on an extended hold and then cut-off. On my second attempt I was told they had no vegetarian selections. This did not make sense, so I called back and spoke to another person who offered us some choices. The food was acceptable, certainly not great or even good. The entree was almost $20.00 not including the $7.00 salad, which was a very small mound of mixed greens on a dinner plate.My advice --Save your money and stay somewhere else.
Almost a perfect trip
our stay at valley river inn was brief but certantilyfor the most part enjoyable. The bellman was informative as well as the frontdesk attendant, however we found our room to bewell below the quality one would expect from sucha well respected hotel. The decor overall was a throwback to the 70'stimber boom and certainly needs some attention(mainly speaking of the lobby). The restaurant again was sorely lacking in the decor category, however the food was very progressive and well thought out.In closing, we will certainly return, if not for anythingbut the food and the wonderful view
Beautiful and Relaxing!
What an absolutely wonderful hotel. Attended a conference and ended up extending through the weekend and had my husband drive down to meet me. It was perfect! We ate on the deck overlooking the river at Sweetwaters, their fabulous restaurant. It was like our honeymoon all over again! I HIGHLY recommend this hotel for anyone traveling for business and especially for pleasure.
My wife and I took a vacation in our own town and totally enjoyed our stay. The staff was delightful, the room overlooked the river and was lovely. We even took a bike ride on the path something we never do. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to just get away.