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“Travelling Convenience and Awesome Stay” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU

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BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU
Ranked #41 of 279 Hotels in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Holtville, United States
1 review
“Travelling Convenience and Awesome Stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

This hotel is so easy to find from Alvarado Hospital! With two small children and us grandparents having to get a hotel was gut-wrenching, but my daughter, who was having back surgery, found this hotel for us. It was so easy to find that I am still in awe! I don't drive in big cities and my husband is getting older and his eyesight isn't good, so we needed a hotel that was close and easy to locate. The pool was heated and breakfast was awesome! Waffles, bagels, toast, and fruit were just some of the tasty food the hotel had for breakfast. Most hotels offer only danishes and doughnuts, but not this one! It rocked! My granddaughter swam for hours while I sat on the deck in the beautiful, warm sunshine! Perfect weather also! I would recommend this hotel to anybody, whether you are traveling on business or for pleasure.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Review collected in partnership with Best Western

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Thank Rose P
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BW-Lamplighter-Inn, Front Desk Agent at BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
Dear Rose P,

Thank for taking time to write a wonderful review about your stay at here at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn. We are so glad your daughter found us and that we were a convenient place for you and your husband to be while caring for your granddaughters. We do get many visitors who are either patients or visiting loved ones at Alvarado hospital. We understand that these situations can be stressful for some and we do our best to make our guests stay here as comfortable as possible.

We love hearing that the amenities we provide, such as the relaxing heated pool and the complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, are appreciated by our guests. We know that breakfast is the "most important meal of the day", so we try to provide something for everyone. And the heated pool is perfect for our beautiful San Diego climate.

We hope that all went well for your daughters surgery and that you will return to our little hotel in the future! Thank you for recommending us to potential guests visiting the area.


* Book Direct with Us - For the Best Service, Selection, and Value! *

Yours in Hospitality,
Michelle | Front Desk Agent
Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

The friendly, helpful staff makes me feel like I'm among family. I love the comfy beds and pleasant decor. This trip was during an unusual heatwave which made the pool even more refreshing and, for the first time, we cooked hamburgers using the poolside gas BBQ too! As always there is a nice breakfast and the motel is pet friendly :)

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Thank 106hilaryl
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BW-Lamplighter-Inn, Front Desk Agent at BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, responded to this review, 23 May 2014
Hi 106hilaryl,

Our staff is happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay here at our little hotel! We are so glad you got to cool off in our relaxing pool and were able to do a little grilling during those extremely hot days!

We are also pleased that you appreciated the restful beds and the complimentary deluxe continental breakfast that we provide every morning. We are genuinely interested in our guests and do our utmost to make everyone's stay as welcoming and comfortable as possible and we are pleased to see that we accomplished this for you!

I'm glad that you mentioned that we are a pet friendly hotel. We know how important pets are to people and realize that finding places to stay with pets are hard to come by. We love pets too!

Thank you for all your positive thoughts and look forward to serving you again soon, and hopefully we won't have another heatwave when you return!

* Book Direct with Us - For the Best Service, Selection, and Value! *

Yours in Hospitality,

Michelle | Front Desk Agent
Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014

I booked 2 rooms. Both rooms were clean, well kept, the staff was friendly, and parking was aplenty. It's a 15-20 minute drive to downtown San Diego, Seaworld, the beach, etc. but for the price it was well worth it. The only con was the loud people next door to us, otherwise the place was pretty good. Nothing too fancy.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SirGee
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BW-Lamplighter-Inn, Front Desk Agent at BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Dear SirGee

Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate the time you took to share your experience here at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn. We were very pleased to hear that you were satisfied with your two rooms. Cleanliness is very important to us, and that you have that welcoming feeling when you first enter.

The location of our property is generally about 15-20 minutes from most attractions such as the Sea World, San Diego Zoo, downtown areas, and beaches which for a big city is your average drive time. But like you stated it can be a ways for some and that's why we appreciate your feedback so other future guests can have that information. I do want to apologize for the noise that your neighbors were making, and if you ever have a situation like that again please let us know immediately so we can resolve it right away for you.

Thank you again and we hope to see you back again real soon.

* Book Direct with Us - For the Best Service, Selection, and Value! *

Yours in Hospitality,

Justin I Front Desk Agent
Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU
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Mexico City
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

Friendly staff, clean and spacious rooms, it is a good value for the money. It is close to the Sharp Hospital. Breakfast is included. On a Friday night there was some people partying outside our room (probably university students) but they apologized and went away after we asked them to keep it low. The other nights (3 or 4) we stayed there, we heard absolutely no noises during the night.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Review collected in partnership with Best Western

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1 Thank mexicanadvisor
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BW-Lamplighter-Inn, Front Desk Agent at BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, responded to this review, 16 May 2014
Dear Mexicanadvisor,

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience here at Best Western Lamplighter Inn. We as a staff strive to offer the best personal service for our guests.

We apologize for the guests who were disturbing you, As you mentioned it is normally very quiet here, and this group had never stayed before, and so therefore we hadn't expected them to be quite so noisy. I am glad the rest of your stay was peaceful.

We do look forward to your next visit here at Best Western Lamplighter Inn and when you're ready to book your next room, visit our website for the best room type selection and value!

Yours in Hospitality,

Justin | Front Desk Agent
Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU
Visit our Hotel Website or Call Us at (800) 545-0778
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

We have stayed at Best Westerns throughout the US and Europe; some are better than others, of course. The Lamplighter Inn is a well kept, older motel with excellent and friendly staff, good housekeeping practices, and a nice complimentary breakfast. The grounds are bright, cheery, and the pool area is sparkling clean. We come to San Diego often, and this is the 4th or 5th time we have stayed here. There are many hotel choices in San Diego, but this is a quite affordable alternative. A note: there is currently construction next door, but during our stay, construction noise was kept to a minimum.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank eurovicki
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BW-Lamplighter-Inn, Front Desk Agent at BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Hello eurovicki,


First of all, we would like to say THANK YOU for being a loyal guest! We are so grateful to our repeat guests who choose our little hotel to be their home away from home when visiting San Diego and we are delighted that you are one of them!

We strive to offer the best personal service for our guests, book directly with us by going to our website or calling our front desk. We have many room types that are not always available on our booking partners’ websites.

We're glad that you mentioned how affordable we are in comparison to many other hotels in the city. Besides striving to have the cleanest of rooms and superior service, we also want our guests to enjoy the value they get with every stay. We offer free parking, free wifi and a complimentary continental breakfast to all our guests. It's nice to hear that you appreciate this about our hotel.


As far as the construction going on next door, we know they are working diligently to finish their project. Your patience is greatly appreciated!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with our on-line community here on TripAdvisor. We look forward to seeing you soon!

* Book Direct with Us - For the Best Service, Selection, and Value! *

Yours in Hospitality,

Michelle | Front Desk Agent
Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU
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Edmond, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

This is a very friendly place. The pool area is absolutely beautiful! I do wish the breakfast area was a bit bigger, because of crowding. In our AAA book it states this hotel is in San Diego, but it is actually in La Mesa. Just an FYI.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Review collected in partnership with Best Western

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1 Thank Dedra M
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BW-Lamplighter-Inn, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Dear Dedra M.

We just wanted to reach out to you and say thanks for the kind words about our staff and pool area. TripAdvisor is about guest satisfaction and we tend to rate highly with guests who want to get the most for their dollar, value cleanliness, appreciate genuine hospitality and have done their research.

You are right, about our breakfast being cozy, we are in the very beginning stages of developing a plan to overhaul the entire lobby & breakfast room area, and as far as our location, La Mesa is about a mile or so to the east of us. San Diego State University is a mile to the North West of our location. But since there are two freeways near us, it is easy to get to most San Diego attractions.

Remember to book direct with us for the best service, room selection, and value! We have many room types that are not always available on our booking partners’ websites.

Yours in Hospitality,

Len Regan | General Manager
Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU
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Yuba City, Ca., United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014

We loved staying at this Best Western!!! Everything was excellent. And the staff was so friendly and Awesome!! They had a grill in the pool area so you could bbq when you stay there. This hotel was close to all of the things we did like the zoo and Seaworld.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Review collected in partnership with Best Western

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2 Thank Lawrence D
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BW-Lamplighter-Inn, Guest Services at BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, responded to this review, 13 May 2014
Hello Lawrence D,

Wow! It is great to hear that you loved staying at our little hotel! Here at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn, we strive to give superior service to all our guests and it's a wonderful feeling when this is recognized....THANK YOU!

We do our best to make our guests feel at home by adding extra amenities, such as the BBQ area, which many guests enjoy while staying here. We're glad that you appreciated it.

Thank you for mentioning our central location. Being only 20 or so minutes away from the main attractions in San Diego is convenient. And because we aren't in the downtown area or in hotel circle, we can offer more competitive rates, along with free parking, free wireless access to the internet and a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast.

Again, thank you for your wonderful review and we hope to serve you again soon!

Sincerely,

Michelle
Guest Services
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Property: BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU
Address: 6474 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115
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Region: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#27 Family Hotel in San Diego
#45 Romantic Hotel in San Diego
#84 Business Hotel in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU 2.5*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites (a AAA 2-diamond hotel) is conveniently located 3/4 miles from San Diego State University, and only 15 minutes from Downtown, the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. Many of the rooms include kitchen facilities, making this the ideal place for an extended stay. Amenities include: complimentary expanded continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi and parking, and heated outdoor pool, Children 12 and under stay free. Pet friendly. ... more   less 
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