I've stayed in a lot of motels in Crescent City (it's about halfway between our home near Santa Cruz, CA, and my mother-in-law's home in Lincoln City, OR)...to the point where my husband says, if I ever become president, they're going to have to put up a sign at the entrance to the town saying "Audrey slept here." Most are OK. The Econo Lodge, on the other hand, totally exceeded expectations.
From the outside, it's pretty much what you would expect: standard American motor court, kind of boxy, rooms opening to the parking lot, etc. It's right on 101 (on your right, if you're coming from the south), like most motels in the city, so it's very convenient and easy to find.
The inside of the room, though, was truly surprising...very spacious (we had room 108, which is a double queen), extremely clean, well-appointed. In addition to the beds and nightstand, our room came with a small corner table with two chairs, a chest of drawers, a nice flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge and microwave, an ironing board, an iron, and a hair dryer. I think the motel must have undergone a renovation since the last time I stayed there (about 10 years ago), as everything from the carpet and paint job to the bed spreads looked very modern and new.
Wi-fi worked GREAT...good, fast, connection, even with multiple devices connected (which gives the lie to what the rude woman at Curly Redwood Lodge -- where I will NEVER stay again -- told me last summer when we couldn't get connected: "Well, it's because the internet in Crescent City is just bad!"). TV also worked great, and got a good selection of channels.
The beds were super-comfy (and I'm very picky about this, having woken up with many a backache from bad motel beds!).
There were a couple of very nice touches in the bathroom I just have to mention: 1) The shower head was very well-positioned to accommodate taller guests (and also gave great water pressure), 2) a handle mounted on the wall made it easier for someone like me, with balance issues, to get into and out of the shower safely, and 3) the textured, non-slip bottom of the shower actually WORKED (I've stepped down on to many that don't...to the point that I'm very wary of them).
The hotel is very conveniently located across the street from a couple of fast food places and a small supermarket. There's a larger Safeway and other restaurants just down the street. And, like just about every other motel in Crescent City, it's not far from various area attractions.
We didn't eat the free breakfast, as we had other plans, but we did check it out. Pretty standard American "continental" breakfast: Belgian waffles, a selection of cereals, a selection of bread for toasting and pastries, and some fruit.
In an over-priced town filled with motels that run from mediocre to truly horrible, the Econo Lodge is a clear standout for the budget-minded traveler who wants to stay in a place that is clean and comfortable with reasonably good amenities. I will almost certainly stay here on my next trip through Crescent City.
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- Also Known As:
- Econo Lodge Crescent City
- Econolodge Crescent City
- Crescent City Econo Lodge