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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Budget Host Inn

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Budget Host Inn
Ranked #20 of 35 Hotels in Sandusky
East Lansing, Michigan
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52 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Excellent Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

The place is literally on the backside of Castaway Bay Resort. I stayed here for one night, the room was clean and beds were surprisingly very comfortable. While you don't get the perks of staying at a Cedar Point resort, this is a much cheaper alternative. We paid $75 total for one night during one of the busiest weekends, while Breakers Express was $200. And this place was actually cleaner than Express, quieter too. Walking distance to Thirsty Pony and the bowling alley!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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BudgetXpert, Manager at Budget Host Inn, responded to this review, 27 January 2014
Thank you for staying with us. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We are always interested in our guests concerns and recommendations. You pointed out quite a few key features of the Budget Host. Affordability, Location Location Location, and we absolutely pride ourselves on cleanliness and customer service. We look forward to serving you this up coming Cedar Point season and hopefully many more to come.
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New Haven, Michigan, United States
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

This room was disgusting! The carpet was so dirty it looked like black grease spots all over. The floor was not vacuumed, there was hair all over the blankets, hair stuck it the shower curtain, pubes in the tub, and the room smelled like pee! Must disgusting place I have ever stayed at! Do not even concider staying here if you like a clean place to stay!!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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5 Thank Robin W
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BudgetXpert, Manager at Budget Host Inn, responded to this review, 27 January 2014
We sincerely apologize for the experience you have described. The hotel is now under new management. As manager I will strive to set stricter guidelines on housekeeping procedures, to make your next stay here clean and comfortable.
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Plainview, Texas
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

I went to the hotel and asked to inspect the room. I asked for a non-smoking room. When I opened the door the first thing I smelled was smoke. There was hair on the pillows and floor had a coating of greasy grime on it. I expect 1 thing from a cheap motel. Clean. This hotel is not clean. The manager had a staff go clean the room. He just laughed as he went to do it.
The staff was rude and refused to cancel my reservation. (The last time I use Priceline as well since they force you to pay for the motel upfront and did nothing to fix this!) So they refused me a refund but did offer another dirty room instead. I went down the street to Quality Inn.
The double beds are twin beds. I guess they dont get the whole size thing.
The other reviews seemed ok which was very misleading!

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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3 Thank Brian M
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BudgetXpert, Manager at Budget Host Inn, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
I deeply apologize for your experience at our establishment. I would also like to take this opportunity to also apologize for our former managers lack of professionalism. Fortunately he is no longer with us. I do thank you for bringing the issues you had to my attention and as the new manager will work to ensure your future stay and others will not have the same outcome. This also helps me make improvements where I need to.
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Brookfield, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2013

This place is RIGHT by Cedar Point. Very reasonable rates, especially compared to other hotels in Sandusky. You get what you pay for, though. The sign outside said 'free wifi'. We were informed by the gentleman that checked us in that the free wifi is only in the lobby & breakfast room of the hotel. We had a very basic room, which was on the second floor, across from the lobby area. There was a TV, full size bed (which the sheet did not fit on), and a small table w/2 chairs. Staff was friendly. We were asked twice, by 2 different people, if we required maid service. When we declined, they both asked if we needed anything. Very basic continental breakfast (doughnuts, cereal, bagels, english muffins). We had a non-smoking room that did smell a bit musty when we entered it, but the smell went away after we turned the air on.The exhaust fan in the bathroom was a bit loud at times. Rooms do look dated but you're just sleeping there so who cares? The second 'lock' on our door (the one that said 'do not disturb'/ maid service') required some force to move. Bed was not the most comfortable, but ok for 2 nights. There was no bag in our garbage can, which I thought was weird. POWERFUL shower.

PROS-
-SUPER close to Cedar Point
-Friendly staff
-Reasonable rates (our 2nd night was less than 1/2 the cost of the first night)
-Clean room
-TV in room w/cable
-Table in room
-Air conditioner
-Hair dryer
-Continental breakfast (very basic)
-Pool
-Smoking & non-smoking rooms available

CONS-
-No fridge in room (a great amenity for road travelers!)
-No 'free wifi' as implied by sign at the road
-Sheets did not fit properly on the bed, causing them to come off the bed as we slept

Would I stay here again? Maybe. Is it a 5 star luxury hotel? No. Is it reasonable for a couple nights' stay? Absolutely.

Not the finest hotel experience you will have but certainly not the worst, either.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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BudgetXpert, Manager at Budget Host Inn, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Thank you for staying with us. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We are always interested in our guests concerns and recommendations. We take your comments seriously to help us improve. We look forward to serving your future hospitality needs.
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013

This is a great place to stay. It was quiet, kids enjoyed the pool when back from cedar point until past 12. The staff was wonderful. Breakfast was good enough to get you through until lunch. I am planning on staying here again next year for a week. Great price.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Thank l8ter71
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BudgetXpert, Manager at Budget Host Inn, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Super glad to hear your stay with us was very pleasant. We are looking forward to seeing you this upcoming year and many more to come.
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Hudson, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

We stayed here in July while spending a few days at Cedar Point. The five of us (all adults) were able to stay in one room, which was nice. The room itself was clean and spacious, though maybe a bit dated. The bathroom was very clean. It's location to Cedar Point is fantastic, 5 minutes from hotel to park gates! The pool looked nice, we never used it but there were always somebody swimming. The price was unbeatable! Sure you could stay at one of the Cedar Point owned hotels and maybe be a bit closer to the park, but you'll be paying at least twice the price! The only "downside" to the stay was that the third bed was a pull-out sofa and we all know how comfortable they are for sleeping!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank jlflook
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BudgetXpert, Manager at Budget Host Inn, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
I'd like to start by saying thank you for staying with us. We appreciate you taking the time to share your views. We take our guest comments very serious. Every year we look to make some improvement and certainly your comments will be considered.
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

My family and I had decided to stay at this motel after spending the day at Cedar Point. The price was right and we just needed a place to rest our heads for the night. The Budget Host Inn served this purpose and overall, we were pleased with our stay. The rooms were large and clean, but had a musty smell. We did not use the pool but it looked clean and it was nice to know that it was there if we wanted to use it. The continental breakfast was basic (pastries, cereal, yogurt) but was fine for us. The biggest plus about this motel is that it is VERY close to Cedar Point (literally right next to the causeway). One suggestion I would recommend is to ask for a room on the ground floor if someone in your party has a physical impairment since there are no elevators. I would stay here again if the price is low.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank Wes_87
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BudgetXpert, Manager at Budget Host Inn, responded to this review, 23 October 2014
Thank you for staying with us! I am delighted you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to serving your future hospitality needs.
Have a great day!
Amber
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Additional Information about Budget Host Inn

Property: Budget Host Inn
Address: 2027 Cleveland Rd, Sandusky, OH 44870-4405 (Formerly Best Budget Inn North)
Region: United States > Ohio > Sandusky
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 35 Hotels in Sandusky
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Budget Host Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
WIFI is only available in the Lobby Area. If paying cash there is a $25.00 deposit refundable upon inspection of the room at check out. Pet fee is $50.00 refundable upon inspection of the room, only 1 dog knee high less then 50 lbs. and must be with the owner at all times. ... more   less 
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