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Days Inn San Diego-East/El Cajon
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in El Cajon
Tucson, AZ
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Do not stay here”
Reviewed 12 November 2011

I am not going to even go into details except to stay this is not worth any money or your time. I was absolutely shocked when I checked into this motel after I read all of the nice reviews about this motel. I stay in a variety of hotels, motels and travel everywhere and am a go with the flow kind of person; however this motel compromised my safety, which is why I suggest you to think through this motel choice. If you are visiting San Diego or the nearby area, I would suggest you to consider a motel/hotel in a safer area points east or west. There are nicer motels and hotels farther away from this area. I am still in awe of some of the stunning reviews this motel received from other reviewers, unfortunately this was not the reality of my stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Santa cruz county Ca.
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

this was a non smoking room, easy access for parking, have complimentary continental breakfast, there's also a Denny's right next door. very convenient to everything

Room Tip: carpets could use a cleaning, and the coffee pot didn't work very well , the carafe got stuck wh...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Los Angeles
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2011

I stayed two nights in a business class room, which I understand is the same as a suite but with nicer bedding. The room was clean and appears to have been upgraded recently with framed mirrors and granite topped night stands and vanities. The internet was fast and reliable, the pool actually looked pretty nice, and the breakfast was middle of the road (waffles, hard boiled eggs, two cereals, selection of breads, juice and coffee). The property is well maintained and the staff is friendly. If you are staying in El Cajon, it will be in a motel, and this is a nice choice.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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Post Falls, ID
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2011

Reasonably priced. Clean and quiet. Easy access to the freeway. Friendly staff. The downside is even though I was in a non-smoking room, there was a faint smell of smoke. It could be due to all the smokers leaving their doors open or smoking outside.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 20 May 2011

Stayed here due to its proximity to Cleveland National Forest and the PCT. Overall, a decent hotel for the money, rooms clean and spacious, bed was super comfortable, breakfast was so/so, AC was dirty and made wierd noise, stain on a towel, and water pressure was horrible. If you are going to the recreational areas east of San Diego this is a good place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Marana, Arizona
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 28 July 2010

I have stayed at this hotel many times for about 20 years-since it was Plaza International. Days Inn bought the property and upgraded the rooms but the cost almost doubled. Aside from that, the beds are comfy, the room is spacious has a fridge, microwave, safe, coffee maker. AC can be noisy but white noise so it drowns out any outside noise & I-8 traffic.

Quick 20 minute drive to beaches and a big mall north on Mollison to Broadway & turn left so not very far at all. Dennys in the parking lot is convenient. Not the best neightborhood but our family likes it.

Daughter had laptop & wifi was really quick. Shower head is low but sprays really good. Vanity is separate from tub/toilet so you can close door to toilet & bath area. The jacuzzi is awesome and indoors. Pool is 5 ft deep and not bad at all. My kids have been swimming in this pool since they were toddlers. I guess we're creatures of habit.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Monterey, California
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Reviewed 9 July 2010

... then Days Inn in El Cajon is just OK. If you won't spend much time at all at the hotel, and don't care about amenities, it's OK. Was clean, had working air conditioning, hot water, and for a quick bite Denny's is right across the parking lot. The not-so great side: 1) Non-smoking room smelled like a smoking room, 2) even on hot day(80s) the pool was way too cold (must have been un-heated), 3) "continental breakfast" was sparse with two different cereals (fruit loops, corn flakes), a small assortment of bagels and bread, juice, and coffee. When we came in at 10 and I noticed two empty plates, staff took the plate and came out with two apples on it, and 4) doesn't look like the safest area around and is right off the highway so if you're a light sleeper...

If you care about comfort and even a little better than average for your money, go elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled on business
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Property: Days Inn San Diego-East/El Cajon
Address: 683 N Mollison Ave, El Cajon, CA 92021-5619
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Region: United States > California > El Cajon
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in El Cajon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Days Inn San Diego-East/El Cajon 2*
Number of rooms: 60
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