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What an awesome change from typical standard hotels! Upon entering the grounds from the street we immediately saw multiple gazebos complete with inviting tables and chairs situated under tall shade trees. Surrounded by green grass, blooming plants, ivy and other greenery it was obvious that the retro Murray Inn had character and personality. The pristine white inn and gazebos were contrasted by red roofs. The inn was set back from the street and had spacious parking. We were warmly greeted by the gracious inn owner Helian Osher who exuded kindness and genuine interest in her customers, and by her precious dog Channing. I felt that I had been welcomed into the inviting home of a friend rather than into an impersonal hotel. Our very reasonably priced room was tucked away in a private quiet corner of the inn. Most of the rooms including ours were on first floor ground level with no steps. Our room was immaculately clean and fresh. Included were TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, coffee and tea. The white comforter and the turquoise sheets on our king bed were soft and spotless. The bathroom was exceptionally clean and included white towels, hair dryer, a dispenser with liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner. The bath room was small but exceptionally clean, well lit and had a shower and small bathtub. An added bonus was Helian's artwork which we viewed more extensively at breakfast - what a treat to see her paintings! Our free breakfast included boiled eggs, best-ever cantaloupe and blueberries from a local farmers market, bananas, pastries, muffins, bagels, toast, yogurt, cereals, oatmeal, coffee, orange juice and milk, much of it organic. A wonderful surprise all around! I would absolutely like to return to Murray Inn and Art Gallery.
Such a cute little motel. Loved how the bathroom in our room was vintage & the tile was original. Gave it a lot of character. The owner was very nice at check-in & the next day for breakfast. Very clean!!! And I'm a stickler for the rooms being clean! Close to MSU & restaurants. Would definitely stay here again!!
This was a nice, cheaper alternative to chain hotels. Very vintage feel. Pale pink and green. Tile bathroom. Pretty artwork you can purchase in each room. Breakfast was ok (no meat). Very friendly staff! Room was larger than I expected and had everything as listed and some extras (microwave, refrigerator, table, 2 chairs, closet with hangers, dresser, comfortable bed, coffee maker, hair dryer...) only thing I wasn’t impressed with was the shower head. It was tiny so your shower felt more like a beating than a massage. Otherwise very nice experience. Good value.
My family and I spent 2 nights here. We felt that this hotel was a great value for the price, although it still needs some improvements. First, the good: the grounds, rooms, office, and restrooms were all absolutely immaculate. The beds were very comfortable and obviously newer. We only met one staff person, the owner - but she was lovely, friendly, accommodating. This is clearly an older motel, in the process of being brought back to life. It was encouraging to see work being done (painting, groundskeeping, etc.) all over the place. Due to the older design, you need to accept that the restrooms will be smaller, and a little awkward. I'm able to overlook that, due to the pristine cleanliness level. Another problem with the design, which I hope will be addressed, is security. There were several potential issues: 1. A physical key with the room number was handed to us. 2. The bathroom, at ground level, had a regular window which is easily opened. 3. There was no security device that could be locked from the inside without being accessed with a key. Each of these security concerns could become potential problems if not addressed. Taking these negatives along with the many, many positives, I would recommend this place to anyone traveling to Murray - with a caveat to be careful about security.
After reading through the TripAdvisor reviews for the Murray Inn and Art Gallery we thought it worth trying. Well, we were right because the high ratings were entirely justified. When we pulled up to the motel we were a little disoriented because all the signage still says Murray Plaza Lodge, however since the address was the same, we pulled into a motel that on the outside appeared to be circa 1960's. Although the outside seemed a little dated, it was spotless and the grounds well manicured. We were checked in by Helian Osher, the owner of the inn and the person responsible for much of the artwork that adorns the walls of the office and at least some of the rooms. She was pleasant and check-in was quick and easy. I gave the inn an excellent rating for several reasons. First, the room was clean and spacious, the mattress very comfortable, and the sheets as soft as any on which I've ever slept. Second, the bathroom was spotless. I've stayed in most of the major chains, and many B&Bs, but I've never stayed in one with a cleaner bathroom. I made a point of trying to find a spot of dirt or mold anywhere, and could not find one. Although the bathroom had a 60's look, it was immaculate. Third, is value. Our room with a king bed was approximately 60% of the cost of rooms in the chain hotels down the road. This was the first time I've stayed overnight in Murray, but if I'm ever back there for another overnight stay, I will definitely stay at the Murray Inn and Art Gallery.
We booked this room last minute after deciding to visit a nearby offroad park with our SXS. While driving to Murray, a severe thunderstorm blew in and it was still raining when we checked in. First off we noticed that the lady at the desk was in another world. She tried hard to tell us what was for breakfast, but couldn't remember the name of anything... even cereal 😁 Not sure what she was on, but it was some good stuff!! Since it was raining and they didn't have a covered area to unload, my wife decided to walk under the "covered walkway" to our room while I moved the car. After parking, I saw that my wife had fell. The walkway was floored with a slick ceramic tile and was holding water. After checking it out, I noticed that there was a break in the roof so the rain could come straight in... then I noticed that the main walkway had spots of grout placed at random, serving as a slip resistant surface... but it stopped at the same point the water was standing! The water was hard to see on the light colored "indoor" tile that should never have been there in the first place. Two guest helped my wife up, and a Asian woman was nearby too. We later decided she was the manager, owner or at least an employee... however she did NOTHING to help! Later I noticed they had put "wet floor" markers in the walkway. It was a little late by then!! The room was nice, but very tight space. The parking area sucked. When I backed our car in, there wasn't enough room to get in the hatch because of all the plants. I pulled the car up and then the concrete parking stopper thingy is right under your feet, pull up any further and the car is in the drive. Remember, it's raining during this entire time. There is only a narrow entry through these plants to get to the walkway to your room. The plants look nice, I like plants, but these were a nuisance making it very difficult to unload our luggage. In short, while the place looks nice from the outside looks nice from the inside... they do not have good management nor in my opinion care about the customer! Looks isn't everything!!!
Loved it - it's a true, nostalgic, independent motel with flowers & ivy by each door, birdsong in the morning & a gazebo on the front lawn. Rooms are larger than most chain places - light & airy, very clean. Modern, comfy beds, flatscreen TV w all channels, ref, microwave. Bathroom was retro tile (charmed me) with new fixtures but shower only. Free breakfast of pastries, cereals, oatmeal - but with fresh blueberries & strawberries, plus additions like flax, hemp, and cinnamon. Also hb eggs, yogurts, fruit. Owner is an all-around artist w her paintings in the rooms & works in progress in the lobby. She made the wooden dining table, & her potteries & fabric art are also scattered around. Standard, boring, impersonal - not. Quirky, relaxing, memorable - yes.
Yes this is not a big chain. Yes it is slightly smaller rooms. However it is very clean and cozy. The staff is genuinely friendly and helpful. It is right off of main road. My room was clean, quiet, and well maintained.
Can not go wrong experiencing this delightful motel. Beautiful property and an even better hostess. Buy some beautiful art work and sleep well. Will always stay here when in Murray, KY. Truly a time machine.
We travel through Murray, KY several times a year, and have stayed at a number of the motels/hotels in town. We have finally found our "spot" at the Murray Inn and Art Gallery (formerly the Murray Plaza Lodge). Last weekend was our first stay there, and we liked it so much that we stayed there again on our way back home this weekend! The location is great and the price is very reasonable. But best of all, it is absolutely charming and delightful! Wait until you see the ivy-covered front and the beautiful grounds, not to mention the song birds in the trees! It's like waking up in a magnificent garden! (Granted, it is spring right now, but still...) It is very clean, comfortable, quiet, and is impeccably maintained for a mid-century "mom and pop" motel. And the owner and artist in residence, Helian (and her little four pawed pal, Channing), are an absolute delight as well! As long as they have a room for us, this is where we will stay from now on. :-)
Murray Inn and Art Gallery places you within 2 miles (3 km) of popular sights like Murray State University and Central Park. This motel has 34 rooms and welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking.
Free continental breakfast is served on weekdays from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM and on weekends from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
Murray Inn and Art Gallery's 34 air-conditioned rooms provide private yards, microwaves, and refrigerators. Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Coffee makers, ceiling fans, and desks are other standard amenities.
Guests of Murray Inn and Art Gallery enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a business center, and a picnic area. A stay here includes free parking. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with tours or tickets, and offer advice about sights and eateries nearby. This motel also has a garden.