Here are a sone centrally located motels near the Rose Garden. These no-frills motels appear well maintained and do not typically have any loitering around the sidewalks. The location is "unappealing" but is a functional safe location. If you want to pay more for location I can review the higher priced sites if you wish.
These are clean and close the Rose Garden. 6th Street is a 2-lane street that is a primary East to West route through Eugene. From a Eugene point of view it gets "rougher" 3 to 6 blocks west of these motels. I have walked in Chicago's neighborhoods and you may find this area to be very tame. The bus gets within 5 blocks of the Rose Garden. Walks to "good" food and spirits would be 20-minutes. Taxi's are "expensive" in Eugene because of the low supply and demand.
Best Value Inn
1140 W. 6th Ave. Eugene, OR 97402 (about 8 Eugene blocks South of the Rose Garden)http://www.bestvalueinneugene.com/
(the web site is more attractive than the property, but I believe the interior pictures)
Courtesy Inn (I set my parents up here once)
345 W. 6th Ave Eugene, OR 97402 (about the same hoof as the Best Value Inn)http://www.courtesyinneugene.com/
Econo Lodge (OR150) (Same Area)
1190 West 6th Avenue , Eugene, OR, US, 97402
Phone: (541) 342-7273 Fax: (541) 743-2312http://www.choicehotels.com/ires/en-US/ ... y_code=XXX
Express Inn & Suites (Same locale and new)
990 W. 6th Avenue, Eugene OR 97402