Best Western Inn,  Merced

3.0/5  - based on 160 guest reviews.
1033 Motel Drive, 95340-5155, Merced, United States - See map
+1 209 723 2163 +1 209 384 7272



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  • 24-hour front desk
    24-hour front desk
  • Free parking
    Free parking
  • Outdoor parking
    Outdoor parking
  • Outdoor pool
    Outdoor pool
  • Wireless internet connection in public areas
    Wireless internet connection in public areas
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Welcome to the Best Western Inn where guests will discover friendly customer service and sophisticated accommodations for an affordable price. Located right off Highway 99, this Merced motel features 42 spacious well-appointed guest rooms. Each room is fully equipped with cable satellite television and wireless high-speed internet access. Guests are welcome to start their day with our yummy full breakfast each morning while reading the local paper. This motel also features a fitness center, laundry facility, and outdoor pool. Whether you have plans to come to Merced for business or pleasure, the Best Western Inn can offer you the right services. We are conveniently located less than two miles from the heart of Main Street, which, makes it easy to take a stroll through downtown and enjoy a movie, newly remodeled shops, antique stores and sidewalk cafes that suit people of all ages. Our rooms offer all the amenities that a business traveler might need. Our property provides all rooms with complimentary wireless high-speed Internet connection. we also provide a business center with high-speed Internet connection that allows you to work right from the property. Need to send a fax? No problem, our friendly staff will be able to help you in any way. Also take a break and take a dip in our outdoor pool (not heated). From amenities, such as shaving cream to free HBO®, we want to make sure you feel right at home. Our friendly staff will ensure a rapid check-in and check-out so you can enjoy your day. We look forward to serving you. Enjoy your stay.

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Best Western Inn,Merced
  • 4
    « Nice place to stay, except pool unheated »

    We Arrived at the Best Western Merced early. The internet worked well with both of us on it. The room was clean and neat. The Fridge worked but needed to be turned to a cooler setting. I wanted to use the outdoor pool, but it was not heated, with an air temp. of under 60F and the water measured at 62F. My only disappointment was that there was NO HOT Tub, so without the pool at a reasonable temperature, I did not get to float or swim. (Not a major issue because it was November). We could hear the trains go by, but due to the freeway being in-between, with walls, it was not too loud.

    « Loud due to bar next door »

    Facility was ok and the staff was great however the parking lot is small and the bar next door kept us up until after 2 am. The parking lot is extremely small and tight for anything but a compact car. The rooms were also small and quite old

    « adequate for a stopover »

    stayed here for one night on our way to yosemite national park in late september; the hotel is located along the motel drive, near to the freeway; it takes you a 20 minute walk to the town center. the rooms are basic but clean; the beds were good; the rooms were not that noisy as i thought (as the hotel is next to the freeway); wifi worked fine. the breakfast was adequate. price was o.k.

    « Best Western Merced »

    We only stayed one night but the stay was good. The hotel was neat and clean outside. The room was clean and neat and the bed was very comfortable and the pillows were not lumpy. the only bad thing was the traffic noise from the highway and the train tracks. I really don't know what they could do to stop this noise. I guess if you are tired enough it shouldn't bother you. The staff was great and helpful.

    « Not bad, but too many things going against it. »

    All the downstairs rooms have been recently remodeled. We had a downstairs room, so we were ok with it, the cleanliness, the amenities provided. The air conditioner worked well, but was a little noisy. The mattress was a bit firm for our liking, but we have found that mattresses at all Best Westerns are like that. They are next to the train tracks and the freeway, so you might want to leave the fan running all night to drown out the noise. It didn't bother us much, but I can see how it might annoy others. There is a smoking area outside rooms 251 & 252, so if you get one of those rooms, you may hear other guests talking outside your room at any time.

    « Just traveling »

    It was O.K but too far down the hall and also no lights did not go out at night. Your Spa look dirty and the water leak in the tub. I liked your floor because it was warm. You all keep having the same breakfast

    « Trip to nowhere »

    Had to take a trip to Merced California for business. Upon arrival at the Best Western, which was located right off the but was hard to figure out how to get there, it looked like a nice hotel. Once I checked in and drove to the room I found that the layout of the parking lot had much to be desired. The spaces were small and close together. Most of them had " compact car " stenciled on the space. Decided to drive around and sight see and was pointed in the direction of the local mall. Once I got there I found it was basically a strip mall. Not impressed. Once I got back into the room and turned on the TV ,the first thing that pops up is the images of the parking lot from the outside cameras. Never have I stayed in a hotel that you got to monitor your car from your room. Found out later that they have a large amount of crime in that area. I don't know if they have security patrolling or not. In the morning I went down to breakfast which was from 6a to 9a. I got there about 7:45am and was told that they were out of eggs. Only a few bacon slices were available and those were covered with a layer of grease. The toaster took forever to lightly toast the bagel. The orange juice was not working either. NOT impressed with the breakfast.

    « Not recommended due to poor location and room quality »

    This was a one night stop for us on our way to Yosemite National Park. The good things first: staff was friendly and helpful, complimentary breakfast was good. Now the reason for the below average rating: the hotel itself was too noisy -- noise of the airconditioning, freeway noise and railway noise early in the morning, parking lot is very small (there is a bar next door which is where I had to park), rooms are old and not so clean, no elevators to reach the second floor, highly overpriced.

    « Clean and comfortable »

    I had a nice, quiet and comfortable room. Internet worked very well. Staff was friendly and helpful in applying my discount coupon. Breakfast was reasonable, though breakfast area was rather small and can make seating a challenge during peak times.

    « Look elsewhere »

    The motel is right alongside a freeway and main railway line. Our room was nearest the freeway and sleeping was impossible due to noise. The accomodation is tired and dated. Restaurants are a good drive away within an uninspiring town centre, so not ideal for an overnight stay, most of which were closed on the monday night we stayed forcing us into a fast food joint. We enjoyed much better accomodation with good access to restaurants for similar cost in Modesto not much further north.

  • 4
    « Best value for the money »

    Very friendly and helpful staff. Hotel is pet friendly, clean and comfortable. Healthy breakfast food. Convenient place for visiting the Yosemite at reasonable cost. Best value for the money. Highly recommended.

    « "Half way" meeting spot »

    Very Clean. Comfy Beds. Close to a Night Cap. Well manicured swimming pool. Clean and Very secure parking lot and spaces under camera. 2 days left my motorcycle unattended. Great AC units... and decent sized overnight refrigerator. I was very impressed with staff and their outreach to please.

    « Worst Best Western Ever »

    You will be disappointed if you stay here. I have stayed at many Best Western Hotels and they have always been pleasant, this one was not. First of all they say it is a BW Plus. According to Best Western, it should have more amenities than a regular Best Western. Here are the amenities we found. A towel on the clean towel rack had a previous guest's hair on it. My bath towel was torn and frayed and was worse than the towels I keep in my garage to dry my car. The carpet was dirty and one of the side upholstered chairs had a grouse stain on it. The blackout curtains had holes in them. The room was very noisy as it was located as close to the freeway as you could be and there was a bar next door and the patrons were very noisy in the parking lot. The "free" breakfast included packaged food from muffins to egg biscuits and burritos when warmed in the microwave tasted like soggy mush. When I complained, I was told that a manager would contact me. No one ever did. So these are the "Plus" amenities that you get at this BW. They should take this property off their list as should AAA. DON'T STAY HERE! YOU HAVE BEEN WORNED.

    « Nice Hotel, Poor Service »

    Leave on the A/C. We arrived at 9:30 and were up for nearly 4 hours after arrival because it was so hot in the room. It was nearly 100 degrees outside that day, and still near 90 when we arrived, yet the A/C was off. I complained that night in the morning and received meek apologies and a fan, nothing else. Sadly, the room and breakfast were nice but I have to give a bad review because were were there to sleep.

    « Bring your earplugs »

    If comparing BW Merced with Big Bear Lake Chateau and BW Gilroy, it is a 3. If comparing BW Merced with BW 29 Palms ( consider the worst), it is a 6. It would be a 6 if the freeway and train tracks (and noise) were not so close to the hotel.

    « A bit on the negative side »

    For a pet-friendly hotel, it does not provide anywhere for pets to relieve themselves. There is a very dry, very weedy lot on the other side of the next hotel, but our dog does not like stepping on burrs. We did find a hotel with grass but had to walk several feet to get to it.

    « Disapointed »

    The room was not clean; the cleanliness of the linen was questionable. It was very difficult to sleep due to children playing loudly outside (well pat 10:00pm). This was exacerbated by the constant running up and down the stairs all night. I was unable to be moved to another room, as I was given the "last available room".

    « Not a good Best Western »

    My family has stayed at many Best Westerns over the years- and in general for small towns they are the best hotel in town, and average about $100, some cost a bit less and some a bit more. But Best Westerns in general are a good place to stay- you can maybe swim in the pool, get a good sleep, and have some breakfast before checking out. Okay- now on to this one in Merced: RIGHT next to Highway 99 and a Train track...both are quite loud, the hotel has earplugs at the front desk- I've never seen that before in a hotel. The room just had a low end look,..the 1 recessed light in the ceiling wasn't enough light, even with the single nightstand lamp turned on.The beds were the hardest I'd sleep on without trying to cancel my reservation. The bathtub had a rubber patch on it on the base to repair damage- you could feel that the fiberglass was damaged underneath it. But the single sink had a granite counter top, and there was a fridge and microwave. The breakfast room was very crowded, with people sitting at the laptop stations, eating. The pool is in the middle of the parking lot, and faces the highway. I'd never go back to this Best Western, but there are many others that I would. Hope this helps.

    « Don't stay here. »

    It's 11pm here in Merced and I'm wide awake, for a bunch of reasons; someone banged on our bathroom window which is right onto a road, someone else has just shuffled past the same window with a shopping trolley, I made the mistake of looking up recent local crimes (thanks to the former two things), and the front door might as well step right between the train track and the interstate as it sounds that way... (really there's about 50 feet in it..). So take your pick as to why you shouldn't stay here, I'm one 'event' away from driving off in the middle of the night. Otherwise, the room is decent enough for the money paid. Lesson learned here though; don't scrimp because "it's one night". -joy... as I finished typing there's someone on a loud bike riding up and down the road behind (wheelies??) And a bunch of sirens blaring now too.

    « Dusappointing »

    This hotel was advertised as a "plus" Best Western. It wasn't! The room was hot as the a/c wasn't real efficient. It was old and not upgraded. Parking was very tight and not real accessible - spaces were small and tight. It is located right off Highway 99 and the railroad. Not a recommendation from me.

  • 4
    « Merced Best Western »

    This was a mid-way stopping point on our way to Yosemite from near Manteca. Reservations were made online (incorrectly, by me) and when I called to correct them, they desk staff was incredibly helpful. I had requested a room facing away from the freeway not know that nearly all rooms faced it. Upon arrival, the desk staff mentioned my online request and upgraded us to a back corner room, without the upgrade fee. The room was quiet, clean and comfortable. It appeared to have been recently updated. The bathtub was a jacuzzi built for 2 with a shower option. It took a bit of getting used to showering without a curtain surround but it was actually quite liberating! The bed was probably one of the most comfortable we've slept on at a hotel. The one drawback was housekeeping knocking on the door at 8am! Once we let her know we did not need her services, we weren't bothered again. Yes, it is close to the freeway but our experience in the more secluded room was honestly quite good. I would stay again, if allowed to rent the same room.

    « Disappointed »

    This is rather redundant.... But I was dissatisfied with the stay. The room was less than pleasing. The bathroom was not clean. There was hair in the tub and the tub was not clean. The chairs in the room looked like they came from a yard sell and the room had an OLD and moldy smell

    « If you love road noise and trains, this one is for you »

    I arrived at the property around 8:30 after having driven 13-1/2 hours. The proximity to the freeway is scary, but the lack of insulation is more so. Between the road noise, trains, and the leaky toilet, I got no sleep. The bathroom light was falling out of the wall, the toilet rocks when you sit on it, the tile is broken all around the toilet and the closet door is missing a roller so when you pull on it, it smacks you instead of sliding on the rail.

    « Not What We Have Come to Expect at a Best Western »

    Wow. Where do we start? If you have read any of our reviews, you know that we are pretty easy to please and are quite understanding of small shortfalls. However, this BW property shouldn't even be a BW...let alone a BW Plus! There was NOTHING "Plus" about it. Let's start with the basics. The HVAC system was marginal at best. It is not uncommon to arrive at your room and the system shut off. That is understandable. However, 45 minutes after turning it on and adjusting the temperature, the room still was not comfortable. Two hours later it finally was "acceptable". Yet during the night the temperature varied considerably between being too hot and too cold. Moving onto the hot water issue. Pressure was excellent in the shower, but the temperature varied between being luke warm to scalding hot to ice cold and continued to do this throughout a 5 minute shower! Remember the old days when a toilet was flushed and this would happen? Come to this property and it doesn't even have to be YOUR toilet but someone else's! The bed was this property's saving grace. It was very comfortable and we would have probably gotten a good night's sleep except for the continuous loud noise from the interstate and trains. All night long. We have stayed at properties next to the interstate/highway and even next to train lines with minimal noise experienced. This is not the case here. Bring ear plugs if you insist on staying here. Now let's talk about pet friendly. We have a 10# dog that we travel with. As pet owners, we have a responsibility to clean up after our family member and others should as well. Not all do...we get that. It's a shame but it is reality. This property will charge $15/night for your pet (not unreasonable) but has no place for them to do their business. None! There is no area for them to go! And then there is the room. When we arrived, the musty and stale smell was that of an old motel from the Route 66 days! The carpet was stained in our pet room. The property is charging extra for the pets so they can recoup the time to clean a room after a pet has been there. So, do it! If that means a carpet needs to be cleaned because of an irresponsible owner, then do it. Don't just cover up the smell (or attempt to) with cheap deodorizers! Breakfast was not good. A frozen breakfast sandwich that could be heated up in a microwave and then taste like it came from a plastic factory! Juices and pastries were okay. Again, not what we expect from a BW property! There are other properties near by that one should consider over this one. Sorry BW, but this is not your norm. You should get ahold of the owner and have them do a major remodel/upgrade. Staff was very friendly and apologetic...but there isn't much they can do with a run down property. This is the first time we have EVER given a motel a 2 star review!

    « Bed Bugs! Major infestation! Apparently, the customer isn't always right at Best Western »

    We drove up from our home to visit UC Merced and we booked a room at the Best Western on 1033 Motel Drive in Merced. We booked two rooms, one for our three kids and one for my wife and I. This was the first night of our college tour for our son, who is a senior. The room wasn't fancy, but it was fine. The problem began when we woke up. My wife, who is allergic to bed bugs, woke up with bites on her arm and on her neck (see pictures attached). Now remember, this was the first night for us in a hotel after traveling up from our home - no bites before we checked in, and the morning after our first night, my wife and I feel like we've been attacked by bugs. We complain as we are checking out, and the person at the counter says that she will refer this to the manager who wasn't there at that moment. We went on our tour of Merced and then drove up to San Francisco to look at more colleges and to stay at an Airbnb. We never get a call back from a manager, but we do call again to complain. The manager isn't there and we don't get a call back until a few days later. The manager says that they inspected the room and found no bed bugs. So, end of story, I guess. I'm in the hotel business - my family actually owns a hotel. I know from experience that if you have a bed bug problem, a quick inspection will do nothing. You have to take the mattress out for full inspection and discard it if you see any trace of bed bugs or their residue. Best Western didn't make amends for a pretty horrible stay for us, and basically said there was no problem, so I think it's our responsibility to let everyone know that this place has a major bed bug infestation and the management doesn't seem to care about it. Maybe this is a smart way for them to do business, but sooner or later, things will catch up with them.

    « Great hotel enroute to Yosemite! »

    Enjoyed our stay with the family, and the family Lab, the beds were comfy and the breakfast was great to get us started on the next days journey eastward. The automatic pancake machine was an efficient curiousity!

    « Yosemite Weekend »

    We were unable to get accommodations in Yosemite on our first night for the weekend. We decided to use the hotel for its value instead of staying in Yosemite for the second night. The hotel was clean and in good condition. The staff was excellent and helpful with local information.

    « Noise and noise »

    The hotel looks good and the Lobby Lady was very nice and friendly, Check in was fast without any reservation, The king room size is not tht big but enough for one night. Mattress a bit firm. The not good things are the noise at night cause the hotel is located near the highway so earbuds recommended if you wanna sleep. Plus they apparently opemed the pool area up that night so we hreard folks playing in loudly. My wife had a very bad night. Breakfast is taken in the lobby,small room but was not crowded at all and it was ok. It was only $86 for the night

    « returning home »

    Returning home from AZ and staying in many locations during the trip, this is one of the more remarkable stops. Marianne, the night clerk was so friendly, polite, curtious and helpful, that she should really be rewarded for it. The check out staff, Daniel, Steph & Jamie were equally pleasant. Will definitely stay here again.

    « Friendly Folks - CRUMMY LOCATION »

    hotel and staff fine - MOTEL courtyard facing a BUSY FREEWAY and a TRAIN goes right by it - I could throw a rock and hit a car on the freeway - buildings facing freeway amplifies sound level - previous reviews where they said it wasn't so bad were LYING or hard of hearing. The OFFICE is nicely sound protected.- BEST WESTERN TAKE NOTE - BUSINESS PEOPLE NEED MORE POWER OUTLETS - at least get lamps that offer outlets. to plug in a CPAP machine, i had to crawl under the bed and unplug the clock and the left hand side of room lights. BUSINESS PEOPLE NEED RELIABLE WiFi - kept dropping EVERY COUPLE MINUTES - worked better if you have a network cable and plug into wall.

  • 5
    « Great venue »

    A very well maintained establishment in a quiet setting. It states I need to provide 200 words in order to complete this. I will now attempt to provide enough filler in order to simply state that this establishment is a great place to stay. As stated previously it is well maintained and in quiet setting which is important to myself in regard to getting a peaceful nights rest. The city has all of the amenities one would need sand there is an array of good dining available. Lets see if the 200 requirement has been fulfilled.

    « Stains on bedding, loud hotel »

    I found stains on my bed sheets and pillow cases. Hotel is right off freeway and I was up all night. Train passes by also. Noise reminds me of the movie "My Cousin Vinny." Staff is nice and breakfast is okay. This hotel is more like a basic Best Western than a Best Western "Plus".

    « Always consistent »

    We have been staying here for about the past 4 years, on average of once every 2 months. The rooms are always clean, the staff is always excellent. The only problem we have is that we prefer to stay at the opposite end from the office, and the Wi-Fi is pretty bad there. I don't know about rooms closer to the office. The beds and bedding are excellent and the flat screen TV always works! We like that there is a nice little fridge, and a microwave in the room

    « I stay at BW often »

    With the exception of a few small inconvenience's this motel was nice. The staff was helpful and very nice. Breakfast was OK but I have had better at other BW's motels. I would recommend it to friends and family.

    « Do Not Stay Here »

    I have been using BW for over 50 years. This is the worse one I have EVER stayed in. The facility itself is fine- nice rooms, all the typical good BW stuff,etc, BUT it violates real estates' Number One Rule: Location,Location,Location. The Hwy 99 Freeway is RIGHT across the street, and the main Railroad line through the area is right next to the other side of the Freeway.That might ( but unlikely) be tolerable with double pane windows, better sounding proofing, etc. But what they can't fix ( unless they buy it) is the loud,obnoxious bar located next to the south end of the property.When the bar closed at 2 AM, the patrons moved the Party to the parking lot, had their car radios blasting, were yelling, drinking,etc. I finally called the Merced police at 2:45 am, and the noise stopped about 15 minutes later. But then the desk clerk calls at 4 AM ! and says she knows we called the police, and "is the noise better now?" Are you kidding me I had finally fallen back to sleep and she CALLS. I strongly suggest BW disposes of this facility and finds a better place, as this one REALLY HURTS the BW Brand.

    « Why average »

    Freeway noise, older, unimaginative breakfast. Management is doing a good job of servicing and maintaining the property, the beds are very comfortable. Staff is great. This hotel is our repeated choice in Merced.

    « Unimpressive »

    No place for dogs to take care of their needs albeit a pet friendly hotel. No instant response for lack of phone service. No immediate response for closet door falling off hinges. Shower water runs too fully...should be regulated better for our drought-ridden state of CA. While it looks very nice from the outside, although they might be pressing the water usage, Needs better response times and care for customers.

    « Never heard the train »

    I saw many reviews that commented on the noisy train. I stayed two nights with three other people and not one of us were bothered by the sound of a train. We did hear one, but not loud enough to either keep us from sleeping or bother us in any way.

    « Neat but Noisy »

    Be warned that if you are a light sleeper then you might do better elsewhere. However, that is a generalisation and, yes, the highway traffic and railroad could be heard throughout the night, the staff were all very friendly and courteous.There was a breakfast available included in the rate which helped us to face the road for another day with a cup of tea and a bowl of cereal. It's hard to generalise but it is what it is and I am sure has no pretensions than to be an overnight stop for the road tripper. Have stayed at better Best Westerns but this was adequate for our needs. Remember the traffic noise though!!!

    « Roach Motel »

    Do not stay here, the sheets are stained and dirty, the rooms are not cleaned thoroughly, and there are roaches in the rooms. The hotel is near some sort of bar/karaoke place, which brings in additional noise in the late hours. The staff at the front desk had the nerve to say, "another hotel guest brought the roach in," I recommend the Marriot, it is only 3 minutes down the street, but worth the price.

  • 4
    « Excellent »

    My husband and I travel a lot. We do road trips and usually stay at different places each night. We normally try to figure out where we will be about an hour before we are ready to stop for the night. I get on my phone and look for hotels in the city we choose and ALWAYS look for Best Western hotels, PLUS if available. Never dissatisfied.

    « ready to hike »

    this was a great stop on our way from Kings canyon to Yosemite. the drive was not bad, location was a little farther from park entrance than I would have liked, but to save $100+ in the room it was worth it. a little traffic noise from hwy, but did not keep me from sleeping. beds were soft and room was clean.


Getting to the hotel ...

All directions
·From: Interstate 99 Northbound. Take the Childs Avenue Exit, at the stop sign go straight and follow the road as it curves to the left which will put you on Motel Drive follow road until you arrive at the Best Western Inn. ·From: Interstate 99 Southbound. Take the Childs Avenue Exit, at the stop sign make a left turn. At the next stop sign make another left turn and follow the road as it curves around to the left which will put you on Motel Drive. Follow the road until you arrive at the Best Western Inn.