We broke down late at night and thought we wouldn’t be able to find a place to stay. Thankfully, Top Hat Motel came to the rescue! Every person we talked to was extremely warm and welcoming, and we had a great time.
Love this motel! Comfortable and clean. It’s the little things that make this an extra special motel. The coffee/tea basket also had a granola bar, packet of cookies, and hot chocolate. Each room has a theme and I like to stay in #7 which is decorated in patchwork quilts – reminding me of visiting Grandmothers. Jamie, the owner, is always kind and very helpful. It is obvious that she goes above and beyond to make this little roadside hotel a special place for all of her guests.
On our way to Montana, we booked a room with two twin size beds and received discount from a booking website. Our room had one twin bed, but we were happy to get a very clean and comfortable room with steam radiator heating. No noise and no forced air at all. Fairly clean carpet, bathroom with plenty of towels all fluffy. Overall, the room was excellent except the drainage in the bathtub. I would return next time I travel to Seattle.
What a find! I’m so glad we came here, both for the motel and the historic downtown. Jamie, the relatively new manager, has done a great job building up a lovely garden in front of the hotel. There is still the BBQ and pet area others have mentioned. There is a coke machine next to the office with 12 oz cans for.75 cents. There is no ice machine but, if you ask Jamie, she’ll gladly go get a bag for you and keep it in her freezer until you need it.
Since summers here are notoriously hot, it’s good to have a/c which works well. We did not hear or see any signs of the train others have mentioned (though it wouldn’t have been a problem for us, if we had, as we’ve grown up next to one). It’s across the street from an iconic-looking silo and the WA State Wheat Growers Assoc.
The rooms are very spacious (not obvious from the outside, as it’s a typical, drive up to the door, old-fashioned, roadside hotel), have flat screen tv, microwave, and larger-than-average frig.
Jamie recommended her parent’s restaurant, Memories Diner, just a few blocks away in the historic downtown. She said if we mentioned her, that we’d get a 10% discount. I was prepared to check it out and walk away but it looked really decent so we gave it a try. Again, we were not disappointed. It seems this family is working together to revive many historical, familial, and cultural aspects of the town (another daughter cooks at the golf course!).
Her mother greeted us, fed us well (check out the shredded chicken salad and request the mango salsa as your dressing, and the homemade peach teach, you won’t be disappointed!), and made us very welcome, all for around $20.
Then, be sure to take a walk around the historic downtown. If you’re there during the day, there are many cute shops and active historical and agricultural businesses, including the county extension office, a lovely Carnegie Library (which is open late most days and has free wi-fi), a railroad museum, and an association actively promoting the restoration of historical downtowns for other towns to follow. There is also a water park, nearby.
This was a much needed suprise. We chose a mom and pop style spot over a motel 6 this time. The people were super friendly and the room super clean. They have a beautiful little garden where you can sit outside. Free satellite TV too.
I am so impressed with the top hat motel. We were traveling from Seattle and ended up in rirzville late at night in need of a room. I read a previous yelp review and decided to try them. Upon calling to get a room I spoke with an extremely friendly voice. I believe her name is Tara. She gave me excellent directions and a fair rate. The rooms were impeccably clean. The beds were way comfy and the pillows perfect!! I slept like a rock!! I highly recommend to anyone. I would definitely choose the top hat motel again!!!
After searching in Spokane for a room, denied x 12 .. me and my girl pushed on down the road for a spell and ended up in Ritzville, WA. Searching for a place to rest our heads we found people had great things to say about the owners and there kind work ethics: All of it is true! We got up a bit early to make a go on the next stint of travel and hangout with owner drinking fresh brewed coffee.. She is a total sweetheart and went out of her way to make sure our visit perfect!
We had a great nights sleep and will definitely be back! Next time we should have a BBQ and a dusk fire in that nice garden!!
Top Hat is a gem, people – know this and respect the staff! their humble kind ways will melt your heart.. if you have heart that is 😉
This motel looks a little shabby on the outside, but the new managers have been working hard to upgrade the rooms. Inside the rooms, I would rate them comparable to many of the larger chains, but their rates are way below the usual chain’s prices. Managers are very friendly, and helpful as other raters have noted. My grandkids were noisy, and could be heard outside their door, but inside my adjoining room I could not hear them. Personally, I live near a RR track and can ignore the trains easily, but the other motels in this town have this same proximity.
Cleanest motel I have ever stayed at! Was able to book this motel calling the place directly and owner gave me a better price than priceline. The owner let my sister and I check in early. We were on our was to Spokane for a funeral and were able to change clothes. Very clean motel and the grounds had a fire pit area and some picnic benches. Would love to stay there again. The new owners are very nice and accommodating. Thank you!!! : – )
Clean room and bathroom Comfortable bed Friendly staff Great value for money