I booked a stay last minute as I decided to come to the area earlier to avoid travel traffic before the holidays. I just booked the first standard room that came up and didn't think much of it. It turns out that the standard rooms are smoking rooms?
Non-smoking rooms are regarded as upgrades? And therefore there is an extra charge. I think this is a terrible policy and that as a non-smoker you are more likely to look after and not damage property so why charge non-smokers more? That being said when I arrived the manager did kindly allow me to have a non-smoking room and did not charge me extra for it so I was very grateful.
The room was big, clean and more than suitable for a few nights. In my room there were iron burn marks on the carpet but it's not the hotel's fault that there is this damage, it's the guests. You cannot expect the hotel to replace the whole carpet but in general I could see the hotel does care about it's appearance and general maintenance as there was evidence of recent improvements throughout the property. The hot tub was HOT and had good jets and I enjoyed using it.
There was supposedly a free breakfast included in the rate but I didn't see any evidence of where this was and was not told anything about it on check-in. There was nothing in the lobby area.
The hotel is a motel style and is set behind a busy road and garage with a rather loud car wash! The car was was only open during the day though so it wasn't an issue. There was plenty of parking available. In all I have no problems in recommending this place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Econolodge Inn & Suites, El Cajon Hotel, where you’ll experience an intimate, casual atmosphere with personalized service, contemporary amenities and customer-oriented features. Whether you’re here on a relaxing getaway vacation or an important business venture, you’ll appreciate our peaceful ambiance, hospitable service and convenient location without spending a fortune. Our friendly, professional staff ensures that your stay will be a memorable and relaxing experience. This El Cajon hotel is near all the attractions and activities that make this place such a fun destination. If you are looking for a hotel near fun things to do this hotel near San Diego Zoo is the perfect location to stay. We are also located within miles from Knotts Soak City and San Diego SeaWorld. Offering comfort and convenience to business and leisure travelers, this El Cajon Hotel offers value with cozy accommodations, amenities and easy access to restaurants, shopping and local area attractions. We offer our guest a more affordable room rate with luxury & friendly services. Relaxing Retreat, take a dip in our private, crystal clear swimming pool. Econolodge Inn & Suites will ensure your family a comfortable and relaxing stay. We offer plenty of room options and features especially designed to serve families traveling together. We welcome you to our hotel, and hope you enjoy your stay. Make your family vacation more attractive to Southern California - treat yourself to the Econolodge Inn & Suites. Choose this El Cajon Hotel for your travel needs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson El Cajon/San Diego Area Hotel El Cajon
- Super 8 El Cajon
- Super Eight El Cajon
- El Cajon Super Eight
- El Cajon Super 8