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Luray Caverns Motel West
Ranked #9 of 9 Hotels in Luray
Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Too grossed out to shower”
Reviewed 17 August 2010

We had just seen the Caverns and wanted to stay nearby to drive the Shenandoah Drive the next day. All of the nearby hotels were booked, but the Motel West had their apartment still available so we jumped on it. Ugh...The carpet was so filthy our socks turned black. The couch in the living room had big rips and black stains on it; we watched tv (the five clear channels we could get) standing up. We weren't going to use the kitchen or dining room, but both were outdated and still had past guests' garbage in them. The entire "suite" had not been updated in 40 years. The bathtub and toilet had massive rust stains; we ended up being too grossed out to shower. There wasn't even a clock/radio anywhere in the apartment. But the kicker was that the screen door didn't lock; neither did the deadbolt on the main door. We had to rely on the flimsy doorknob lock. And we faced the wooded area, not the main road. We kept lights on so it would appear we were awake. And we paid $165 (including tax) for this! It would have been better to drive all night than to stay at this place.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Springfield, VA
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Reviewed 25 June 2010

When we first walked in, we were very disappointed. We'd opted for this hotel ($72) over the days inn ($54) due to location. The carpets were very stained, the toilet seat was also extremely old, the paint in some places had worn away and the bathroom sink had large cracks in it. After we'd been there a few minutes and the shock wore off, we did realize that despite the stains the room was very clean. Even though the carpets were worn, there was no dirt or anything on them.

We weren't given a coupon for a free breakfast as other travelers in 2007 and 2008, but were given a coupon for 10% off.

The staff was very friendly. The pool was clean and nice. It stayed open until 10:30pm so we enjoyed a late night swim. Also, the beds were extremely soft. We prefer firm beds, so we didn't like them, but they were in good condition.

We were disappointed in Luray itself, the caverns were very cool, but I would suggest staying outside of the town especially if you're doing things outside of Luray as well. There are much better towns in the area. There were some nice restaurants, but many have bad reviews.

We went to Uncle Bucks Restaurant, the food was great and the staff were very talkative, if you enjoy opening up and talking to the locals, this is a great place, if you'd rather eat in peace, I don't suggest it. But we had a great time.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Baltimore, MD
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2009

At first glance, the place seems a cute old place. It's pretty much what you would expect in such a small town like Luray. The place is out of date in technology- they didn't even have a computer at the main desk. The woman working was very friendly and helpful. Then we saw our room- it was one of the three in the back lower level. At first, it didn't seem too bad. Odd shower layout, outdated furniture, old tv. Then I noticed the bugs on the floor. They were dead and there were only a few, so I decided to overlook them. We left to explore the town and we came back at night only to find more dead bugs on the floor. We couldn't figure it out, where were they coming from? there were no holes or cracks we could see. We were woken up the next morning at 6 by our upstairs neighbors who were walking around their room- we could hear everything they said and did. No muffling those sounds at all. Needless to say a bad night's sleep. In the morning, we found MORE dead bugs and the icing on the cake- as we walked out the door I saw a massive bug with a long tail slither into a tiny hole by the door. Disgusting. We went to check out and told the friendly woman the situation in the room- only to be told, 'o I know, its a problem we have but come back real soon!' Unless, you have a desire to be around bugs, skip this one. And we paid $100 bucks a night! Ugh.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2009

My wife and I (we're in our late 20's) stayed in the Luray Caverns Motel West on a Saturday in late June. We spent the morning exploring the caverns and then checked in around 1:00PM. Check-in was quick and painless and the woman at the front desk was very friendly. There are plenty of pamphlets with information on local sights & scenes and plenty of menus of local restaurants at the front desk area.

Our room was clean and had plenty of room for the two of us. The room has two padded chairs, two queen sized beds, a table, a small TV (with HBO), and an A/C unit. The bathroom was clean and was stocked with mini soaps and fresh towels. There was plenty of hot water although the temperature did fluctuate a bit if you tried to run the sink or flush the toilet. The room did have about 4-5 flies in it but a few quick swats with my Shenandoah Valley information pamphlet and everything was cool beans :-) .

The motel has a pool and hot tub area but we didn't have swimsuits so we didn't get a chance to test it out. Although, the family and the kids next door to us seemed to enjoy the pool quite a bit. It was a hot day in VA, but the A/C unit in the room did a great job of keeping us cool.

Checking out was an odd experience. The front desk is closed on Sunday but we ran into the cleaning lady and she said we could just leave the key with her or leave it in our room. The woman at the front desk never mentioned this when we checked in.

We picked this motel because of it's convenient location to the caverns. It's just down the street. It's also very close to the old bell tower that does bell ringing shows every Tues., Thurs, Sat., Sun., at 8:00PM. We actually walked to the bell tower from our motel room (it's less than a mile away) to listen to the bells. We found the price was reasonable at $88 for a weekend night. We'd recommend this motel if your in town to visit the caverns.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2009

We stayed at the place for a day or two while we were visitng Luray Caverns and the wildforests nearby. The price that we paid however turned out to be way more expensive than wat was told to us at the time of booking. However we arrived at an odd time of 4 am n it was kind of them to let us check in at the time. The breakfast was complementary and we really enjoyed our stay. We would however have liked our towels to be changed which did not happen.

  • Stayed March 2009
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Property: Luray Caverns Motel West
Address: 1001 Highway 211 East, PO Box 748, Luray, VA 22835
Region: United States > Virginia > Luray
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Ranked #9 of 9 Hotels in Luray
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
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