An okay hotel with a thoughtful staff
Posted Jul 5, 2012
I was braced for the worst after reading the reviews but actually, this hotel was not bad. I've stayed in far worse. The room was a decent size, the sliding doors to the balcony opened (I hate sealed rooms), and the bathroom was clean. The desk staff was far better than the accommodation---they went out of their way to get me a new hair dryer when the one in the room didn't work, supply fresh towels the one day when the maid missed us, get me quarters for the laundry, etc. We stayed 3 nights.
Regarding the railroad: to avoid train noises entirely you would have to stay outside of the city. There are FIVE separate railroads through Galesburg---they are the economic engine of the town. To expect no train noise is to fail to grasp where you have chosen to stop. To avoid it at Best Value Inn, ask for a room facing toward the front of the hotel. We had such a room and hardly noticed the trains.
This is not a great hotel but it is very conveniently located near Knox College, the downtown, and the AMTRAK station. As for how old it is----I remember the Hotel Broadview which stood on the site until it burned down in the 1960s. It was, at the time, 80+ years old. The Best Value Inn is a comparative youngster. It just needs TLC and some updating plus---linens that fit the bed! I couldn't believe what the poor maids had to try to stretch to cover every day.