I'm an easy going guy. I'm also CHEAP! I read some reviews about this place, and figured I'd take a chance at staying there for $70/night during the weekend. Well let's go down the list of why you should avoid this craphole:
1) I confirmed my reservations (I know people don't do that anymore), and asked the lady to make sure I got one of the renovated rooms. What did I get instead? I walked in to see a dresser with a broken drawer hanging diagonally, a cigarette burned end table by the bed, a fabric chair and "ottoman" that had a very "suspicious" stain on it (I'll let your imagination figure that one out, because MY imagination had me running for the door..I'M NOT LYING HERE!). So, I go down to the lobby, and this punk kid behind the counter tells me that the drawers are like that in EVERY room (as if he were convincing me not to be insulted by it). When I asked him to change my room, he said no, and started rambling (honestly) about how "there are higher people, and "You know how that is." HIGHER PEOPLE? THIS IS A $70/NIGHT SLOP HOUSE! WHO'S THE BIGWIG STAYING HERE???? Luckily, the woman I had talked to the night before heard my outrage at the kid, and came out. She gave me another room that was renovated. It was cleaner, but I have to admit that my mood was set by the bad experience. Then I found out that the A/C, cut off after 40 minutes of use! It was a hot weekend. THEN the window wouldn't open for air (room 208...The room to AVOID was 210).
Now, I really tried to be the 'good sport" and figure that I get what I pay for, but when the management didn't do anything about a party next to my room on Saturday night, that's when I figured the service here was lacking as bad as the area that this place was located. I TOTALLY get parties on Saturday night, but I was easily able to hear teenagers here drinking, smoking, and going NUTS passed midnight. I thought to myself, "I CAN'T be the only one who hears them!!!!" So I called. I'll give them credit in that they called the cops, and got the scuzzy tenants out; but only after they let them go nuts for 3 hours well into the morning. Even as the rowdies were being escorted out, other tenants started yelling at them to shut up. That made me realize that I WASN'T the only one who heard them for the duration of their wild party, and that the owners of the hotel were totally fine with this as long as they got their rent paid for the room.
AVOID THIS CRAP HOLE! GO TO MOTEL 6 INSTEAD..At least with Motel 6, if you get crappy treatment, then a complaint will get you a free night comped..Here? You just get a smiling lady constantly doing damage control! OH!!! The bathrooms are so small that it's hard to open and close the door when inside. They also messed up bringing me towels for each and every night (there were 3 pre-paid nights, mind you). Also, when I needed to go back in my room on the morning of departure (to make a phone call to a cab), they simply refused to answer the bell at their office.
IT'S IN A ROUGH AREA OF OAKLAND, AND YOU'RE GUARANTEED TO HAVE A HARROWING EXPERIENCE IF YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE BUT PASS THIS HOVEL BY!! MARK MY WORDS; YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!!!!!!!
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