Best Western John Day Inn,  John Day

4.0/5  - based on 254 guest reviews.
315 W Main Street, 97845-1028, John Day, United States - See map
+1 541 575 1700 +1 541 575 1558



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At our John Day hotel, we welcome outdoor lovers from around the world in town for hunting season or to visit the stunning Painted Hills. The John Day Fossil Beds are a short drive away and a family-friendly activity everyone will enjoy. The Grant County Fairgrounds are also nearby, and there are exciting events happening year-round, whether its amusement park rides or epic rodeos. We're the only branded hotel in John Day, and we take hospitality and your comfort seriously. We're also the closest hotel to the Fossil Beds and are a clean, well maintained property. Many repeat guests say that our John Day hotel is the best in town. Whether it's the 62 Days Celebration, the Kam Wah Chung Museum or hiking on the Painted Hills that brings you to this part of Oregon, staying in a cool guest room can make your stay even better. There's plenty to explore, including water recreation at the nearby river. Located on Highway 26 and 395, our location can't be beat. Motorcycle tours and the BMW Rally pass through town, and we're happy to accommodate groups and bikers. The area is one of the stops on the Gun Show SolWest Fair, and the Truck and Tractor Pull of America by Bicycle is a beloved local event. If you really want to get away from it all and soak up the natural beauty of the region, staying at our John Day hotel ensures you're always comfortable while doing so. Of course, if you're lucky enough to be here on business, our John Day hotel also caters to out of towners here for work. Civil servants with the Forest Service especially enjoy the homey atmosphere of our property. Workers with the Oregon Department of Transportation also frequently stay with us. When traveling for business, you need peace, quiet and updated amenities. Once you've punched out, it's the perfect time to kick back and enjoy some leisure activities, like the high school rodeo. Book your next stay at Best Western John Day Inn today and prepare for a relaxing getaway.

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Best Western John Day Inn,John Day
  • 5
    « Family Visit »

    The hotel was great. Clean & comfortable. The staff was very kind & helpful. The hotel has done some improvements since we visited John Day and they were very nice. Hopefully we will be able to stay there again on our next visit.

    « Amazing for a Best Western. »

    Staff was amazing and very accommodating. Keurigs in the rooms! Staff always left extra pods for me. Breakfast was good and always had an assortment of items. Cute little Best Western with indoor pool that felt like a sauna; which was good compared to outside.

    « Good clean motel to spend the night on the road. It was clean and staff helpful. »

    It was clean and friendly atmosphere. Staff was helpful. My motherr needs a accessible room and it fit the bill. The shower was perfect for her. The beds comfortable and breakfast is included. John Day is an interesting area with many places to explore.

    « What you would expect »

    Everything was what you would expect from Best Western and it was nice to know there was a place in John Day that we could depend on having a clean, comfortable, up to date room. The breakfast buffet was good and plenty but missing sausage or bacon. They did have the good ole cowboy biscuits and gravy, but that's not my thing.

    « Average »

    Average Best Western with an above average price. The room was clean and staff was friendly, always a smile from everyone I dealt with. The breakfast wasn't bad, typical waffles, eggs, etc. The only negatives were the air conditioner was noisy and the wifi very spotty. Thought it was over-priced for the area.

    « Fine Motel poor food »

    Fine overnight facility but the breakfast bar was barely OK. The bed and the room was very comfortable. It was clean. It was convenient. As stated the breakfast bar was very poor.. Best Place to stay in John Day Oregon

    « Modernised motel »

    This motel has been nicely modernised and we found the staff very helpful. The room was a good sized, very clean and the shower was big enough to lie down in! This is probably because the shower replaced a bath when the motel was modernised. The complimentary breakfast was very good including egg, sausage patties and fresh waffles.

    « Good value »

    Good value for the location and great place to stay! Love the super soft beds, comfy pillows and the couch. WiFi reception was poor but that could have been my tablet too. Helpful staff, clean rooms, pet friendly, good amenities.

    « A Very Pleasant Surprise »

    We pulled into John Day without a reservation, and didn't know what to expect. The motel had just completed a remodeling. It was very clean and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and the breakfast was better than average. We definitely recommend it.

    « Not a bad place, Terrible Service $$$ »

    My husband says: My friend and I had ridden many miles before we got to this motel. When we went to the office, the woman working there had a dismissive attitude and said the room would be $265. for a night. When we paid she told us the room wouldn't be ready for an hour!!! This was at 5:30 at night. One older gentleman seemed to be doing the cleaning and made the breakfast the following day!! So, the room was clean, the breakfast was fine. Just the initial experience with the rude desk attendant, the wait and the high price needed to be reported.

  • 3
    « Safe, clean place to spend the night. »

    Average motel, clean, safe, being upgraded and cleaned up. Good parking. Most of the staff is friendly. Continental Breakfast is adequate and tasted good. Decent selection of food. Right off the Hwy for easy access. One member of the staff working on desk has a care less attitude about getting you checked in. Ask for Manager or another employee if this man dusts you off.

    « Great hotel at a good price »

    Comfortable room. Friendly and accommodating staff. Excellent breakfast. In room coffee is Keurig! Walking distance to restaurants. One block from Kan Wah Chung State Heritage Site and close to Condon Paleontology Center and Painted Hills.

    « Great Hospitality »

    Tammy made check in...even though very late....very welcoming Nice remodel on the rooms and lobby. Stay here, you will enjoy your stay. Great restaurants for a small town with several to choose from. You may even be able to watch deer from your room...they visit the area at night.

    « I thought I was overbooked »

    I'm sure they could have put me in a less expensive room, but at no point was an alternative offered. This will definitely affect my decision to stay there again. I have nothing else to say despite your silly prompts.

    « BW John Day, Oregon stay away! »

    Total disappointment: Over-priced compared to other hotel in 75 mile radius. Did not deliever all they advertised on the buffet breakfast. No fresh fruit, no meat. Not even lids for their travel cups. Paid $154. for one night in a rural, scenic area of Eastern Oregon. Recommend going onto either Bend, Redmond, Prineville or up to Pendleton, Or.

    « Best nights sleep in a Motel!! »

    The rooms are recently renovated with very nice decor and quality items. The bed we had in our Jr King Suite was to die for! We slept the best night ever in all of our hotel stays - period. The staff was very professional and personable, breakfast was good as was internet service. WOuld highly recommend this hotel to anyone going anywhere near the John Day area!! The only downside is limited parking and what's there is mostly for smaller cars, not pickups.

    « Surprising »

    Friendly staff, clean and updated. Has restaurants and stores within walking distance and nice small town. Breakfast was good with a nice variety. Stayed here while visiting the Fossil Beds but was actually farther than we thought. Location worked out, since we were heading to the Steen Mountains after. Would stay here again.

    « Small town good hotel »

    Recently renovated hotel. Room is a good size with a comfortable bed. A little bit of road noise, but can be cancelled out by the efficient AC. Relatively large indoor pool and guest laundry. Simple breakfast but with a good range of basic food.

    « Good Experience »

    Check-in was much more pleasant than most. Morning crew was also nicer than many. Just a calm and relaxing overall experience. So many hotels are making life more difficult than it needs to be. I travel by motorcycle, and they had a place and supplies to wash the bugs off the windshield as many Best Westerns do.

    « Old »

    Nice motel. could use an elevator for us folks with trouble climbing stairs. Ran out of breakfast one morning but quickly made more. Room was clean and comfortable and staff was very friendly. Would stay here again but request a ground floor room.

  • 5
    « John Day Inn »

    Well appointed, comfortable place to stay in John Day. I'd booked way ahead for our summer trip and paid only $117 per night for a king, very comfortable bed, a large swimming pool hot tub area and huge all inclusive breakfast. I'd definitely stay here again.

    « Wonderful! »

    Very accommodating and courteous staff, excellent beds and pillows, nice shower, great pool! Convenient location, clean, easy access, close to a great restaurant as well. Wonderful place to stay! We will definitely stay here again and recommend it to all!

    « John Day Best Western »

    Spotless room. Comfy beds. Keurig in the room with different choices. and happy employees. The restaurants recommended were all within walking distance, I'm glad to say. The pool & spa were equally clean. Thank you.

    « wonderful renovation to this property! »

    We routinely stay at this property in John Day when in town. The improvements to the property are wonderful! The bed was very comfortable for both of us, and the amenities were nice. There was a problem with the reservation page. BW does NOT show this as a Best Western property, but it is. Don't let the lack of reference deter you. You won't find a better place to stay in John Day ... at least not in a franchised lodging.

    « Updated throughout »

    We had a very nice stop over in John Day. We had stayed at this facility three years ago and it was completely adequate other than the breakfast area was really tiny. This year the whole facility has been remodeled. Rooms, lobby, breakfast area and exterior have all been updated. They are still working on a couple of areas. Bed was exceptionally comfortable. Highly recommend this property when you are passing through.

    « Best hotel in John Day »

    After a long day checking out the Painted Hills, this was a nice hotel to rest our tired and hot feet. The room and bathroom was clean. Beds were comfy. Nice TV, wifi, indoor pool (didn't feel too warm), and nice hot/cold breakfast. The town is small. The hotel is a short walk to a few places to eat (few local places and a Subway and Dairy Queen). Would definitely recommend this hotel! There are many small town hotels around however this seems to the most contemporary. Boom sooner than later!

    « remodel well done »

    I have stayed here many times. This time, the rooms have been remodeled with new refrigerator and microwave. Updated bathrooms. Good breakfast.. not great. Easy walk to dinner with optional restaurants. I do wish they had just regular Pepsi in the vending machine... all they had was diet, cherry diet and regular cherry Pepsi...

    « Outstanding pool, helpful staff »

    We usually stay in a Hampton Inn or some other hotel where you have to haul your luggage up an elevator, but it was so nice to back up the van right in front of our first floor door to unload. With 4 young grandsons on a 12 day driving trip, this was a welcome convenience. The pool house was outstanding--spacious, clean with plenty of ventilation. The staff gave us lots of pool towels and every staff member we encountered was cordial and helpful. Breakfast was ample and well arranged. It was a good place to stay and I would recommend it to anyone passing through John Day.

    « Recently remodeled »

    Stayed in a recently remodeled room. Bed was great. Room was clean and quiet. Breakfast was good and there were a variety of food items to choose from. This is only my 2nd time to drive through John Day and this is the absolute best option. Will stay here again.

    « Best place in John Day! »

    This was a great place to stay in route east. The room looked like it was recently remodeled. Beds were comfortable, AC worked well. Kids loved the pool but said it was cold. Breakfast in the morning was plentiful. Some fresh fruit or yogurt would have been a nice addition but none of us left hungry. It's also perfect walking distance to restaurants.

  • 5
    « Freshly remodeled, good breakfast, top hotel for area. »

    This property was newly renovated. The staff were friendly and helpful It can be difficult to get rooms from June-August in John Day. There are few choices in John Day, but after frequenting what is available, this is my number one choice. Other hotels will charge same price and may not offer breakfast.

    « One of the top 3 in John day »

    We were here for a family visit. The pool is great . Room is clean!! Breakfast had a good variety . Also staff was all so helpful, kind , and happy. It is really close to downtown so there are restaurants within walking distance. There is not a lot of large parking spots.

    « Average Best Western at a Premium Price »

    Typical Best Western at best. Rather dark room. Nothing special but the price which was above market price for this motel. That being said the staff was courteous. A short walk to a OK Pub with good food. Look for a better choice in John Day.

    « Great Stay. Clean. New. »

    Stayed two nights over the Memorial Day weekend. Great experience. Clean room. I think it was recently remodelled. Comfortable and quiet. John Day was my base for two days of motorcycling and the Best Western was a great fit. Easy to access nearby restaurants like the Outpost and local coffee shop. Will return.

    « great experience »

    We have stayed at this motel before and appreciate the upgrading they have done and are doing. We could see a new key system that does not require inserting a key, just placing the key on top of the lock's screen. That is cool. We love not having a duvet on the bed but instead having a blanket. The heating and cooling system worked fine. There are restaurants within walking distance for both sit down and fast food types of meals.

    « Best in John Day, Or »

    Nice hotel, however we got a room that had not been remodeled. They were in process of remodeling, and the new ones looked great. Great location close to everything. Good restaurant close by. Nice pool area.

    « clean, comfortable stay »

    Rooms were nicely updated. There was a spa and pool that looked nice that we did not use. You can walk to several restaurants and the Kam Wah Chung Interpretive Center. This is a nice jumping off place to go see the Painted Hills and the rest of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

    « grand kids visit »

    Excellent in all areas. Will be staying again in a couple of months. There isn't anything else to say but excellent. I would suggest everyone to stay at this Best Western. We love the Best Western motels and their affiations

    « Safety and comfort »

    I felt safe since I was staying along. Always someone at the front desk which was in sight of the parking area and the traffic in & out of the area. The rooms are very quiet with heavy curtains to block out the light . The beds were comfortable and the room clean.

    « Toring Central Oregon »

    A really great place to stay, within walking distance of interesting historical sites and several noteworthy restaurants. Several short blocks away is a neat brewery restaurant - the 1188 Brewing Company, this place is worth the effort to stop there it is very good.

  • 4
    « Business Trip »

    Enjoyed stay only complaint coffee pot & hairdryer didn't work. It was my first trip to John Day if I come back I would definitely pick this hotel and location again. There was a very good restaurant called the Outpost within walking distance.

    « Excellent Service »

    The TV and remote didn't work in the spare room. Ashley came up from the front desk and spent some time working with it. It was an unusual problem so she made some calls to get more information. She stuck with it and got it working. We really appreciate the effort she made to ensure we had an operating television that night. We also appreciate the extra personal touches that the staff made when servicing our room. We really got a laugh when we came in and found my daughters stuffed monkey laying back on the pillow holding an unpeeled banana my daughter had left on the bed.

    « Great for John Day »

    This hotel has all the amenities needed for a nice, clean stay in a small town with restaurants and shopping just a block away. The service from the front desk was wonderful. I even got an in room phone call about an hour into my stay ensuring that everything was in good condition.

    « Pleasent Stay In John Day, Oregon »

    Best Western had just remodeled and everything was very "homey", the staff were interested in our comfort and visit and went out of their way to see that we were enjoying our stay. Our room was very clean, updated and relaxing. Breakfast was the typical sausage, eggs, country gravy, waffles, sweet rolls, cereal, fruits and yogurt, but what impressed us was how clean the whole area was and a staff member came through every few minutes to check on us and to wipe down the dining area. Great Stay, We Will Be Back.

    « Very Nice Stay In John Day »

    I stayed in John Day for two nights on a business trip. The Best Western John Day Inn is, from what I can tell, the best hotel in town. The building has been recently remodeled and is very conveniently located in the center of town. The rooms are very comfortable and clean with serviceable WiFi access. The fitness center is small but very clean with up-to-date equipment, and the breakfast is decent.

    « over-priced 2-star Motel under renovation, clean, comfortable beds »

    We had a pet-friendly room on the ground floor. It will be much better when the renovation of the lobby is complete. Check-in is currently in one of the guest rooms, with baby items and kids stuff all over the place, breakfast is served in the adjacent guest room. Having said that, the breakfast was EXCELLENT, the room was clean and the King bed was very comfortable. There are not many hotels in John Day and this was a good motel in its 2 star classification. The staff was okay; matter-of-fact, polite but not friendly. We had no complaints. Having said that, we found this Best Western to be over-priced for a 2-star property.

    « nice room, but spendy for a small town »

    The room was nice and had everything we needed. I thought the price was a little high for such a small town. We were in town for a high school basketball game that didn't get over until after 9PM and left early the next morning to head to the next basketball game a town away.

    « Great value for room and ammenities »

    I enjoyed my sleep at this Best Western. The bed was comfortable and clean. It smelled fresh and new. Use of microwave and refrigerator a bonus. Walking distance to good restaurants. Left Kindle in room, it was turned in and office promptly called to informed me. Great service.

    « Clean Property »

    Comfortable beds, clean room, and DirecTV. Currently undergoing remodel so breakfast room was way too small and swimming pool was closed. Kuerig coffee maker was nice too. Shower water was nice and hot.

    « Good breakfast, nice room »

    Hotel has been renovated since we last stayed there. Huge improvement! I appreciated having a window that opened. Comfortable bed. Decent shower. Breakfast included scrambled eggs, sausage, and biscuits and gravy?way better than I expected.

  • 4
    « Will be Great »

    Was nice to stay at for the time. The pool and hot tube are nice. The lobby WILL be great when they get done. Staff and hotel have made the arrangement of things in the temporary construction status work well.

    « noisy and smelly »

    Made reservation several months in advance. Arrived there to find out the motel was under major remodeling including having parking lot repaved. They started work early banging hammers and such and using asphalt and cement cutters and grinders all day. It was too noisy in the daytime to relax or even watch TV. Ending up having to stay away from the hotel and just drive around and find things to do as apposed to going back to a noisy hotel that smelled like fresh asphalt. I made my reservations months in advance. Best Western should have informed me when I made the reservations that they would be doing remodeling during that time and at the least cut me a break on the price. I ended up leaving this motel and moving down the street to another motel due to the loud noise, smell and just general mess the hotel was in.

    « john day remodel »

    Please, in the future, do not display pictures on the web site of a complete remodel until it is done.....i've never been so disappointed after a long day of travel in a best western hotel. The place was a mess, the staff, of one, was extremely rude, and the room was certainly not up to par.

    « Thankful you were available »

    My husband had a hunting accident and ended up in the ER near the Best Western in John Day and I was home, the staff was great in my time of need, and we are very thankful. I would recommend Best Western John Day Inn, John Day OR anytime to anyone. God bless

    « Disappointing stay »

    Our room was well appointed and the Keurig coffeemaker was a nice touch, but those were the only two good points of our stay. First of all, it was nearly impossible to squeeze by the construction equipment at the entrance. Our room was on the end which should have made it less noisy, but we got tremendous noise from both the road and the upstairs occupants. The sheets were badly pilled and the bathtub had large chips in it. The air conditioning unit was very loud. We found cobwebs in both the bedroom and the bathroom. For it being the most expensive Best Western we have ever stayed in, I thought we certainly should have gotten more for our money.

    « They say Best Western Hotels are hit or miss »

    Well, this one, on this occasion is a big miss. I will just break t down to pros and cons and let you decide for yourself. Pros: very clean rooms. Well appointed with all the needs for a comfortable stay. Cons: Couch is vinyl and uncomfortable. the Bed is not much better. The coffee maker throws grounds all over the counter while making a cup of keurig coffee. Parking is extremely tight. Anything bigger than a roller skate and parking becomes a challenge. And the big one. the construction. A remodel is going on and the construction equipment has taken over the parking lot. I am sure things will get better when the remodel is done.

    « right hotel and right room for quiet and comfortable! »

    ok, again, all of my reviews are for a specific time of year and for a specific type of room. my wife and i travel off season or shoulder season. we book a good room versus a cheap room. we like quiet and a little bit of space. so, the john day best western, room 208 is perfect for what we like it's possible that it is an extra 25 dollars over the normal rate but, for a good night of sleep, it was perfect. the overview. great room. clean. quiet. nobody nearby. we stay in a lot of best westerns. this one (at least our room) was right at the top of good . stay here. go to the outpost for food. another review for that to follow

    « A comfortable little spot in the mountains »

    This is a comfortable little hotel in the mountains in Oregon. It seems the hotel caters to hunters this time of the year but that was not even an issue during our stay. The continental breakfast was fabulous! Real sausage country style gravy and wonderful biscuits! And in spite of the remodel they had going on, it was quiet and comfortable. I would definitely recommend this lovely little place.

    « Room and breakfast »

    Bed very comfortable. Breakfast outstanding. We figured the breakfast at a local restaurant would have cost $25 plus. It was hot and ready to go. Temperature of room was great. Room was clean and inviting. John Day hotel was under renovation but their services were set up to were convenient for the customer. We able to get a room the day of arrival.

    « To expensive »

    We have gotten rooms a few dollars more in Las Vegas,NV I thought $124.00 was a little high, and they were going to give us adjoining room not, and the Jacuzzi tub didn't work. We were there to celebrate husbands fathers 90th birthday in Dayville and didn't want to drive all the way back to Pendleton, Or. Brother was staying at the hotel, we joined his family.

  • 5
    « Great stay at the John Day Inn »

    We recently stayed at BW John Day Inn for 3 nights while visiting the John Day Fossil Beds. Our room was clean and comfortable and all staff we dealt with were friendly and helpful. The pool and spa were well-maintained. One highlight was the breakfast service, which was administered by Johnny. He made us feel as if we were in his home and he was personally extending his hospitality to us. Thanks, Johnny, for your TLC. You are a great BW ambassador. The parking lot was full during the time we were there, attesting to the popularity of this property.

    « Good location, Helpful staff »

    After some disappointing experiences driving north on US 395, it was a real pleasure to come into John Day and find a good hotel with friendly, helpful staff. The location is great; you can walk to local attractions, restaurants, etc. The room was a good size, with all the usual amenities, clean land convenient. If you're driving 395, we'd recommend this as the best place to stay.

    « Not Active Military Friendly »

    Government Rate not available to active Military Service Members assisting with the Canyon Creek Forest Fire in John Day Oregon. Rooms available on some days but at double the rate allowance. Otherwise a very nice hotel that services the greater Grant County area and nearby rural communities.


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·From: All directions. The Best Western John Day Inn is located on Highways 26 and 395, in the center of town.