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BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU

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6474 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Sacramento, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

BEST WESTERN LAMPLIGHTER INN This hotel gives you all the basics and more! They are located on a busy commercial street with tons of quality ethnic restaurants that we enjoyed. Also grocery stores, drug stores, fast food, gas stations, etc. were all conveniently located. It is definitely not a tourist area, so don't go walking around after dark, unless you... More 

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BW-Lamplighter-Inn, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, responded to this review

Thank you "LoobyLibby" Wow, it was great to read your review, as you found out for many people we are not only a great bargain, but have a lot to offer. As you mentioned we are not in a tourist area, but it is a safe, commercial strip near a large university. Fortunately as you found out there are lots... More 

Ensenada, Mexico
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The manager, Len, and his entire staff are always welcoming and professional. This is our home away from home in San Diego. The owners are always on top of maintenance and it seems they are constantly making improvements and upgrades to this family-owned property. Beautiful landscaping, a sparkling pool, good breakfast and comfy beds with nice linens. Dog friendly too.

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BW-Lamplighter-Inn, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, responded to this review

Thank You "Ann K" We are grateful to have so many happy repeat guests, both two legged and the four legged kind! It's a wonderful compliment to hear a guest say this is their home away from home, and I am proud to share your review with our staff and ownership. Thank you for taking the time to write about... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to stay in the Eastern part of San Diego. We first found it because it is close to a family member's home, and so every one in our extended family stays here when visiting .The management is great and extremely accommodating. Rooms and grounds are immaculate and attractive.

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BW-Lamplighter-Inn, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, responded to this review

Hello "Stantonl2014", Cleanliness and a friendly staff is what we are known for, and we appreciate your review. TripAdvisor is all about guest satisfaction, and we tend to rate highly with guests who want to the most for their dollar, appreciate genuine hospitality and have done their research. Thank you for sharing your experiences here, it's a pleasure to have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pool looked great but it was to cold to use. San Diego seems to always be to cold. Not far from sea world and the zoo. Quiet sleep even though your close to a road, nice play trees and landscaping rooms are clean. Price is right for what you get, nice college town restaurants nearby.

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BW-Lamplighter-Inn, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, responded to this review

Hello Tigerpaw45, Thank you for the nice review, we have been having a bit of snap lately. Why just the other night it actually dropped below 50 degrees! Just kidding, it was only 51. But seriously, May & June can tend to be a bit cooler than people expect. Some call it "May Gray" or "June Gloom". The past few... More 

Mesa, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The front desk staff very friendly. The breakfast staff very nice. The rooms very clean. I have been staying there for the past two years. Will continue to stay there? The pool area is nice. Nice location.

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BW-Lamplighter-Inn, Customer Care at BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, responded to this review

Hello Mimi S, Thank you for taking the time to review us here on Trip Advisor. It really is nice to hear that our hard work is appreciated and we thank you for noticing! Our goal is to provide exceptional service, spotless rooms at a great value. Our entire staff is very happy to see that that you plan on... More 

San Jose, Ca, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a great place to stay close to SDSU. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Rooms were clean and well equipped. A great place for a reasonable price. They were able to get us an early check in so we could attend my Niece's graduation at a different college nearby.

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BW-Lamplighter-Inn, Customer Care at BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, responded to this review

Hello Jeff Z, Thank you for staying with us during your visit to SDSU. As you mentioned we are very close to the university, just about a mile, making it convenient for friends and family visiting students, along with sports fans and concert goers. We are centrally located in regards to other places of interest in San Diego county, as... More 

Grass Valley, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have stayed at this hotel many times. The price is excellent for a hotel of this level and it is very quiet at night. Nice to be away from the Freeway noise! The breakfast is decent and fills up the empty spots to start your day. Staff is always friendly. Needs some basic updating in the rooms but overall... More 

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BW-Lamplighter-Inn, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, responded to this review

Dear Pamela M. We are glad you enjoyed yet another stay with us, and we appreciate your loyalty. Being a small hotel we focus on striving to provide superior service, quality and value. We believe our AAA 2-diamond hotel is well located, friendly and clean. Thank you for sharing with us and the readers of TripAdvisor, and I look forward... More 

Lake Tahoe, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
43 hotel reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the past year, the experience with all the hotels we've stayed at has been frustrating. Customer service in hotels has really slipped. The Lamplighter is truly an exception to the above-mentioned paragraph. The management did their utmost to accommodate my request for my room and made me feel very welcome. The management also helped me find the motel over... More 

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BW-Lamplighter-Inn, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, responded to this review

Well Hello "PetuniaCake" Love that name, and really love your review. You seem to capture the essence of what we are about. Yes, we are an older, but very well maintained property, yes our complimentary breakfast while "continental" goes above and what you would expect. And our company culture is to provide genuine hospitality, affordability and great customer service to... More 

Los Angeles, California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
52 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Parking will be tight , especially when fully booked . Small lot , as sign says in office . You may have to street park , Tuesday mornings , no street parking . Not too bad , rooms about average , nothing really stands out . Only saw pool and breakfast area . Guy at check in was super friendly... More 

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BW-Lamplighter-Inn, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, responded to this review

Hello "Bunky-68", Well all in all, I am happy to hear you would stay with us, while our parking can be tight, we do our best to make sure all guests only park one car. You are correct about the food choices in the college area, we have several, and our front desk is happy to share our favorites with... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great "find" for the location and the value for the money. Furthermore, the staff was very helpful without being obtrusive. La Mesa/El Cajon is not a "luxury" hotel area but this particular hotel was better in many ways than the 4-5 star hotel we stayed in later on this trip.

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BW-Lamplighter-Inn, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU, responded to this review

Dear "Marilyn53711", Well it is quite a compliment to be compared to 4-5 star properties when it comes to service. Thank you for that. Our philosophy is simple, to treat the guests as we would like to be treated. As you already know TripAdvisor is all about guest satisfaction, and we tend to rate highly with guests who want to... More 

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