Not just a hotel, a destination! A review of Depot Inn & Suites

The Depot Inn and Suites is a truly remarkable property. We happened on it by chance because I wanted to make a trip to the Macon area and so thought I'd search for railroad stuff that would make the trip more attractive to my railfan husband. The whole place is just gorgeous -- super comfortable and with an attention to detail that you seldom find in a small hotel, let alone a small hotel in a tiny town in Missouri! An example: crown moulding is carefully mitered to bracket smoke detectors and other unavoidable eyesores in decorative glory. Or the two gas grills available on the outdoor patio, near the children's play yard featuring (of course!) a wooden locomotive model on which to climb. The lobby ceiling must be 20 feet high, and there's a pool table alongside a really gorgeous leather seating area.

There is no restaurant on the property, but the Red Rooster restaurant that is almost next door has small town cafe prices with big city quality -- the hash browns are to die for, I mean it. Evening dinner finds the big log cabin dressed up in snowy white tablecloths with candles, and our steaks, chops and ribs were perfectly prepared.

Every small town should have a big-thinking banker like the one who opened a branch on the north end of town and then proceeded to support two such extraordinary entrepreneurial efforts as The Red Rooster and the Depot Inn!

If we were to find one teeny tiny quibble, it might be that the extensive railroad memorabilia that is displayed throughout the guestroom corridor and the rest of the hotel is not necessarily labeled, and it frets me a bit that it isn't all behind glass... it is museum-quality stuff and we literally took an hour or two just to browse the walls of our hotel! Although it was really fun to come home to try to research some of what we saw. SPOILER ALERT: The unusual yard drawing displayed about halfway down the guest room hallway is of the P&LE McKees Rocks yard in McKees Rocks, PA. Whew! *That* took a while to track down, no pun intended!

We'll go back to LaPlata just to visit these two wonderful establishments!

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