You get what you pay for
Posted Nov 27, 2016 on Hotels
I checked into this El Cajon Econo Lodge on a Saturday afternoon at 3:30p, and after a neccessary first request of seeing if my room could be relocated within the first hour and a half of my stay due to the continued loud ruckus of young children and their parents in the room next to me, the next room I was moved to seemed to have multiple run down accommodations which couldn't be looked past (burned out light bulbs, television that had no cable, door that wouldn't lock completely, dust on all flat surfaces, plugs unplugged.)
Although I could only bare to stay on site for a total of 3.5 hours (and still did not use one amenity), I was not refunded any of my $65.00 paid, although did receive my 100.00 deposit back immediately which fortunately was paid for in cash.
This feels like a place in which many, if not most, of those who are staying there actually live there for extended periods of time. Each time I was outside of my room, either to go to my vehicle or the office, there were at least 2 - 3 people outside, standing in the parking lot smoking and just hanging out like an apartment complex or off campus dormitory. I did not feel comfortable or safe to stay there which is why I was forced to find more appropriate accommodations in a safer location.
Ended up getting another last minute hotel which cost me $78.00 and so learned a hard lesson: Pay slightly more the first time to avoid unnecessary headache, uneasiness and loss of personal funds!
Comment from Hotel Management
Dec 4, 2016 by General Manager, Hotel Management
I do apologize for the noise issue from another family staying near by. We have a maximum stay of 14 nights at our hotel. We don't have permanent residence at the hotel. We thank you for your business.