Creston’s Mountain View Inn is a classic single story multi-unit courtyard centered motel maintained impeccably over the last twenty years by the hosts Shirley and Del.
Located in Creston along the North end of Highway 3 (near the Mall, close to the intersections to Highway 3A and to Highway 21) the motel includes several stand-a-lone cottages and a row of connected units with drive up parking tucked back from the road.
Mountain View’s positive attributes are many, including: (1) Spectacularly clean. (2) Huge accessible back yard well maintained with grass, picnic table, plum, apple, and willow trees. (3) BBQs for your use. (4) Congenial, friendly quick-witted hosts who are clearly working all the time on upkeep. (5) Lovely window flower boxes and hanging baskets outside the units. (6) Patios or porches at each unit.
Our cottage had two genuine bedrooms with solid wood dressers, queen beds, clothing racks and hangers. Still offering the cozy charm of the original structure, the cottage had been updated with new baseboard heaters, thermostats, and electrical outlets, and a thoughtful mix of carpet, tile, and laminate flooring. It was just like a little house, and was appointed as if a home away from home …
Every room was bright and airy with windows in the kitchen, bath, and both bedrooms. Additionally, these were the new energy efficient vinyl windows with screens. As with all the units, there was shrubbery and trees planted around the unit and privacy arbors. It was very quiet and easy to keep cool in the sun or warm at night.
Other above and beyond touches on offer:
(1) A spacious bathroom with tub and shower and a family size hot water tank just for you. Seamless surround in the tub and new rain-shower showerhead. New taps. Nice counter tops, and tile flooring.
(2) Mirrors in the bedrooms, mirror over the double kitchen sink. Very well stocked kitchen – matching stainless Cuisinart pots and pans with their lids!
Cast iron skillet. GE stove. Full fridge and freezer. All the little touches: Spot less dishes, utensils, clearly freshly painted.
Paper towel, aluminum tray, toaster, kettle, coffee pot, tea and coffee, salt and pepper, drainer, even a glass measuring cup that I put to use with dinner prep. And of utmost importance for a longer stay – enough empty cupboards and drawers (clean right to the corners) for guest’s dry goods.
(4) A large dinning area with a four seater solid wood table and chair set at a spacious picture window looking out on our porch. A second window in the living room. New sofa with nice upholstery. Samsung flat screen TV. A credenza.
What wasn’t new about the cottage was the charm. Plaster walls. High ceilings. An art deco arch over the area between kitchen and dinning room.
Finally, Mountain View is truly and sincerely pet friendly. Other small unit motels in the area advertised pet friendly but a more accurate advertisement would have been pseudo pet tolerant. When we inquired about a kitchenette, we were thrice informed that such a unit “couldn’t accommodate pets” as if the units themselves had spoken. This is pretty frustrating, since it is more likely that folks travelling with their pets are planning a longer stay, and are less likely to be trouncing off to a restaurant, then people who have no pets or have left them at home. Mountain View was so clean, and so well maintained, that they easily put to rest the idea that a pet friendly accommodation must be second-class. Mountain View was best in class on all comfort points, and then some.
Frankly I am glad that the first few places we tried wouldn’t accommodate us!
For those who don’t care about a Kitchen, Mountain View is a few doors down from the Retro Café that is a well-reviewed eatery.
If I were travelling in the area for work, I would be very content to make Mountain View my home.