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Econo Lodge Inn by the Bay
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Fulton
San Antonio, TX
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84 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Large, clean rooms, great breakfast, pet friendly, boat parking, great value!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for the first time this past week. We love Rockport, but have acquired a small dog and our favorite motel doesn't accept pets, so we're in the market for a change. I read reviews on several places, and most were like this one--some loves/some hated, so we settled on this one based on outside appearance (had seen on previous trips), and the things in the more positive reviews. It was a good choice. First of all, you can't please everyone, and you have to know that when you are paying $90ish a night, you're not getting a swanky celebrity hotel! What we did get for that price was a large room with 2 queen sized beds, a flat screen TV, a small fridge, a microwave, love seat & coffee table, small table with 2 chairs, & a decent sized bathroom. The furnishings were comfortable and seemed pretty new. Everything was clean. The hotel provides an included hot breakfast that is impressive--French toast, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, plus things like danishes, muffins, cereal, oatmeal, etc. The hotel has free wi-fi...we did find, as some other reviewers mentioned, that the signal was a bit weak, but it did work. Our dog was welcome--pet fee is $10/day. The grounds were well kept and the pool was nice and clean. There is an area for parking your boat, If that is something you need. The staff was friendly. We were pleased with the Inn by the Bay, and will stay here again!

Stayed March 2012
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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Victoria, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

As a former resident of Rockport, TX and an annual attendee of the Oysterfest in Fulton, I wanted to give this hotel a try instead in lieu of our regular accomodations as it was within walking distance of the festival grounds. The hotel reviews were good. Upon arrival, there was some congestion off the highway with construction and the flow into the hotel but everyone seemed friendly and all smiles so it wasn't too big of a deal. Check in was smooth. The layout of the hotel is an apartment style access. Our room keys did not work so we returned to the front desk and the manager was VERY kind and walked us to our room. The electronic key card system was not working. He gave us a traditional room key on the spot, possibly his master room key to our room. The room was nice and clean. The colors were energizing and very modern. We walked to the festival and returned to our room at 9pm. We were asleep before 10. At 11:30 we were abruptly awakened by banging on our door. We thought it was the police or an evacuation or something important. We called through the door "can I help you" and a woman began cussing and yelling at us and then began kicking our door such that the walls shook. We had forgotten to latch the chain so we did that - safety. We picked up the room phone to dial 911 and NO DIAL TONE. Now...if you have any knowledge of emergency management, you know that calling from a land line is the best source of accurate tracking (especially when you aren't exactly in the know of your landmarks) through computer aided dispatch. Luckily, we had our cell phones and although my phone had died at the fest and was uncharged, my husband had his and it had a small charge and there was a signal. The woman left and then returned and continued to kick our door, cussing at us. She left again. We looked out the window and the woman appeared highly agitated and actually shot us the bird as she paced back and forth on the sidewalk in front of our room. There were no lights on our porch so we were fearful of stepping outside. The police arrived within 10 minutes and apparently, the woman, the police and the hotel manager met up in the lobby. About 15 minutes later, the hotel manager and the woman were seen walking on the other side of the courtyard. He escorted her to her room. She had forgotten what room was hers and she was certain that we were in her room. Unfortunately, we were unable to fall asleep until after 2am. The next morning, there was no hot water, only warm water even with the spicket set on full hot. The tub did not drain. The coffee was good. There was a full breakfast grill with chef, but we chose not to eat there for fear of running into the crazed woman from the night before so we grabbed the coffee and headed back to our room. We did speak to the manager before check out but all he could offer was an apology. We were hopeful for a comp night at minimum but understand that the lack of sleep was not his fault. However, the lack of safety and the inconvenience of the the key issue were both directly his issue. Check out was smooth. We probably will not return to the property as safety was on the line.

Room Tip: I suggest a room facing the courtyard.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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North Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

10 of us from Dallas/Ft. Worth, on a birding field trip, stayed at the Best Western by the Bay in Fulton on Thursday night (2/23/12). We got great mid-week room rates and enjoyed the wine happy hour (though the red wine seemed a little watered down) and hot breakfast the following morning. The rooms were clean and beds comfortable. Microwaves and refrigerators in each room was a bonus, especially if we had been leaving before the breakfast service began. The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. When we checked in their computers were down but we were all able to take care of the bills in the morning. They were very accommodating when asked to split the room charge between 2 credit cards.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Hamilton, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

I picked this place at random and was very pleased. The breakfast was one of the best I have had at any Best Western. Even cooked pancakes and french toast to order. Employees were very friendly. When we left they were unloading new furniture. Will head back to visit again.

Room Tip: None of the rooms face the highway....very quite.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank TXJohnO
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Taos, New Mexico
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2012

The buildings and grounds look attractive, but the rooms and amenities need more attention. This place is skimping on everything: bed covers (too thin), no additional blankets, no decent reading lights in the room, only 1 paper cup, and the promise of WiFi that does not
work.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2012

Looks really nice from the outside but the room told a different story. The room was OK clean but appointments were "tired". The WiFi signal was too weak to use in the room as was a cell phone signal. When asked at the front desk the resonse was ...well it SHOULD be OK. The Breakfast was better than the average free breakfast.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2012

The room was comfortable and quiet and conveniently located however, the staff and management made very little effort to deal with minor issues and didn't seem to care whether they were resolved or not. One gentleman was told (3 times) to keep trying the door key that he wasn't doing it properly when in fact the problem was the batteries in the door lock. The computer was extremely slow (30 minutes to check one email) and was not fixed during our one week stay. Another person was given very poor driving instructions to an address. If planning on staying for several days or a week, ensure that the fee is negotiated in advance.

Room Tip: Upstairs is better as the curtains can be left open and there would be less noise from above.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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bw_fulton, General Manager at Econo Lodge Inn by the Bay, responded to this review, 30 January 2012
Thank you for sharing your experience regarding your recent stay at our property.

On behalf of our entire team, I would like to apologize for not exceeding your expectations. Your satisfaction is important to us and we will be using the feedback you gave us to implement improvements to ensure we offer a better experience for guests in the future.

I hope that you will consider staying with us again so that we can have another chance to provide you with a superior experience.

If I can provide any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me directly at 361-729-8351.


Sincerely,

Kurt Patel
Operations Manager
BEST WESTERN Inn by the Bay
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Additional Information about Econo Lodge Inn by the Bay

Property: Econo Lodge Inn by the Bay
Address: 3902 North Highway 35, Fulton, TX 78358
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Region: United States > Texas > Texas Gulf Coast > Fulton
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Fulton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Econo Lodge Inn by the Bay 2*
Number of rooms: 73
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Best Western Inn By The Bay Hotel Rockport
Best Western Fulton
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