My son and I stayed in this hotel when we moved from WA to CA. We have stayed in a Red Roof Inn in Washington D.C., which was quite nice, so we did not hesitate to book this hotel. We wrongly assumed that all Red Roof Inns have more of less the same standard but that could not be further from the truth. The Red Roof Inn in DC was like a good Holiday Inn while the one in Stockton was more like a bad Travelodge.
First the pros of this hotel:
- the front desk people were quite pleasant and helpful
- there are many close circuit cameras around the hotel
- easy access to I-5
Now for the cons:
- we did not feel safe. There were half a dozen of loiterers around the hotel. I even heard the front desk lady threaten a loiterer on the 2nd floor to leave or she would call the police.
- we had a 2 bed room, which were all located at the back of the hotel. These rooms were right next to I-5, so they were very noisy. We could even feel the vibration.
- our room was filthy. I used my own towel and I wore my dirty travel clothes to bed.
- our minivan was full of things because of the move, and we did not feel that our things would be safe because there were loiterers in the parking lot with very loud music. Fortunately, we found a parking space in the line of sight from the office, and our van was not broken into.
- breakfast was meager - cereal, coffee, pastry, toast and juice.
We didn't sleep well and woke up at 5 am. When we went to the front desk to check out at about 6 am, we were surprised that more than half the vehicles parked there the previous evening were gone. Perhaps those guests were smarter than us and stayed elsewhere for the night.
Also, when we were checking out, there was a loiterer sitting in the lobby using the free wifi. From the demeanor of the front desk lady, I got the feeling that this loiterer was not a guest but she was afraid to ask him to leave.
I travel quite a lot and this is possibly my worst hotel stay. You could not pay me to stay here again. There are several hotels about 2 miles north on I-5 along March Lane. Pay a little more and stay there instead. Those hotels look much safer and they're in a much more convenient location. The is no restaurant near the Red Roof Inn; you have to go to March Lane for food.
After we checked out, we did some research on the Red Roof Inn and found that 2 people were found murdered in its parking lot.
A note to the management of the Red Roof Inn in Stockton:
If you can only do one thing to improve the hotel, I recommend you hire a full time security guard around the clock to get rid of people who do not belong from the property.
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- Welcome to Red Roof Inn Stockton in California! This hotel is a pet friendly, family friendly hotel close to downtown Stockton. Visit local attractions including, the Haggin Museum, Stockton Events Center and Stockton Civic Auditorium. Our hotel is highway visible with easy access from I-5, offering waterfront rooms, an outdoor pool, a micro-fridge in all room types and high speed wireless internet access. ... more less
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