Even though the Madera Valley Inn is no longer a link in the Best Western chain, it is still going strong.
The Madera Valley Inn selected not to renew its contract with Best Western and to instead put the licensing money into upgrades to the facility.
"People ask me all the time if we are going to close," said Jon King, manager of the hotel. "I tell them absolutely not."
This rumor may be attributed to the blocking out of the Best Western logo from the sign in the parking lot. The hotel is getting bids to replace the sign.
The hotel just received word Tuesday that the American Automobile Association has granted its "Three Diamond" award to the Madera Valley Inn and has given them an "A" rating for their housekeeping practices.
"We are very pleased to be recognized by Triple A," King said. "The representative of Triple A visited the Madera Valley Inn Monday and gave us a good review."
In recent months, the hotel has replaced and upgraded most of its furniture and all of its beds. Their current project includes renovating five rooms with the needs of its business clientele in mind.
When completed, all five rooms will include small refrigerators, microwave ovens, executive office desks and chairs, marble-topped night stands and upgraded furniture. The rooms have data ports and the whole hotel is a hot spot for wireless Internet access. Presently, two of the five executive rooms are finished.
"We buy our furniture from the same place as Marriot's," King said.
As the furnishings are replaced, the existing furniture has been donated to the Red Cross through Hinds Hospice to help out victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he said.
"We have given them five rooms of carpet, window coverings and furniture, including a new television," King said. "These items will help people relocating to Madera furnish a home."