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Econo Lodge Ponderosa
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Reviewed 1 October 2007

AAA Tourbooks and Choice hotels directory have free breaksfast icons for this hotel and the hotel's in-room information specifies that there is a free breakfast from 6am on. When we checked in we were not told otherwise but we appeared for breakfast at 6am the next morning we were told that, no, there is no longer a free breakfast but breakfast for a price would be available after 630 at the hotel's restaurant. We chose to find alternative arrangements rather than be baited-and-switched in this way. Before leaving I complained about this but was only told over and over that there was no free breakfast. I was particularly interested in why the hotel had not bothered to correct it in-room information but was stonewalled on that very relevant question. It seems to me that, once particular information is in the public domain, a hotel should abide by it until it has the chance to change it. This hotel not only failed in this but took a particularly unhelpful, even rude, line. Nor have they ever replied to my formal complaint made at Choice Hotels website. There are numerous other motels in Great Falls; most of them probably supply what they promise to supply. This motel does not.

Stayed: September 2007
2  Thank davidhenige
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Reviewed 21 August 2007

This hotel is an older property so it shows its age in spots, but our room was clean and comfortable. Because the hotel is older, the rooms are larger than average, which was a bonus. My biggest complaint was that the internet service was constantly up and down, and one of the main reasons we chose this hotel was for the wireless service. Perhaps on other days it connects and stays connected, but I ended up giving up and using the computer in the lobby.

There were some small problems in the room, but nothing major. The room could benefit from more light, like a floor lamp or something. It has no overhead fixture in the hallway like most hotels and only had a bedside table lamp and one on the dresser near the TV. It was pretty dark and a bit hard to read by.

Because this is a budget property, expect the bath towels to be thin and small. They did the job, but they aren't plush.

One of our sheets had a decent-sized tear in it and I was afraid my son would discover it and "worry" it larger. There weren't quite enough electrical outlets, and one was totally non-functional. Nowadays with people plugging in laptops and portable DVD players and Gameboys, outlets are a big deal.

The hotel said the outdoor pool was heated, but it was extremely cold. My husband is a scuba diver and knows water temperatures, and he estimated the temp at 65 or 70. I wouldn't count on the pool ever being pleasantly warm. Some kids don't care, but most don't want to turn blue so soon. If a usable pool is important to you, I would take a pass here. It's closed from Labor Day till Memorial Day.

The hotel lobby is very nice and clean and has 2 areas with comfy chairs and good reading lights. The hotel used to have a free breakfast but no longer does. A couple of blocks down the street, though, is Baker Bob's, and their caramel and cinnamon rolls are worth a 2-minute walk.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 July 2007

Very quiet, clean and great price. Very friendly staff. Easy access to downtown and restaurants in walking distance. You will like the town too, very clean and well taken care of, fun to just walk around after a good meal, see great old architecture, then walk back to your hotel.....so easy. Would stay there again at Quality Inn Ponderosa.

Stayed: April 2007
1  Thank wilburshome2
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Reviewed 9 July 2007

This Quality Inn is right down town, so may not be a location for everyone, but we didn't mind. It has underground parking and an elevator (which could be kept cleaner!). The room was excellent--very large with a double sink vanity separate from the bathroom. Very pleasant room overall. Good internet access.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank dbeauc
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Reviewed 14 June 2016
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Room Tip: Zum Beispiel Nummer 121 - mit Zugang zum Innenhof
  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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