I was so narrow-minded and desperate to find a room close to the airport that I neglected to read the reviews. Foolish of me, I trusted the Choice Hotels name and booked directly through them. I expected much better conditions.
I would like to point out a few positives. The staff at the front desk was not overtly cheerful, but they were friendly and helpful. Next, the location of the hotel is extremely close to the airport, although I was pleased that the noise level was minimal. The room, while not maintained properly, was clean and spacious. Also, the airport shuttle from the hotel to the airport was prompt and efficient. The pickup when I returned required a phone call to the hotel, but I think I only waited 10 minutes or so.
The overall appearance and maintenance of the hotel are serious drawbacks. The hotel looks like it was built around the 1960's and the exterior appears original, although not in heyday form. The concrete surfaces of the grounds look like downtown LA and the brick exterior really should be painted over. My bathroom reminded me of a public park facility, complete with broken granite countertop and black, plastic toilet ring. I must admit that the room's interior had been painted. However, one color had been used to paint everything: the walls, the doors, baseboards, trim, etc. There was a flat screen TV, but the exposed wiring ran down the wall. As for the unstable draperies, their orange color severely clashed with that of the gray/lightish blue walls and burgundy/green/tan carpet. The room honestly evoked an uneasy feeling.
Overall, I am rating this Econolodge a two and not a one just because it could have been worse. Even so, I would not stay here again. If the owners performed a reasonable rehab on the hotel it could be an acceptable place to stay.
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