Stayed here w/my teenager for a Stockton youth tournament. At $70, the price seemed great and we had friends staying here so I put aside my hesitation and booked. Big mistake. It's an old property, in need of remodeling, with long, 2-story buildings. Because Stockton has a high crime rate, I asked for a 2nd floor room and I'm glad I did because some of the ground-floor rooms looked like they'd had break-in attempts. No elevators, however. They originally assigned us a room in the building where our friends were. When I looked at the motel diagram, I saw that our room was close to the freeway, I-99, a major interstate. The manager/clerk was very nice and told us she'd let us check it out and change if we wanted. We did. Old, thin windows and the freeway noise roared through them. She graciously moved us, but to another building on the other side of the property. Not near our friends, though with the game schedules, there wasn't time to socialize, so that didn't really matter. (Yet because of the security issues, it would have been nice to have friends nearby.)
We drove over to the newly-assigned room, which had a view of the parking lot, with a semi parked in it, and the back of a gas station. At least it faced away from the freeway. The long, narrow buildings had two doors at each end, and they were open wide, I think all night long. The sprinkler system had been running, and both side entries were wet with pools of water -- inside the building. Walking gingerly, we hauled our stuff upstairs, a couple of trips. Ice machine only on the ground floor. Later, I realized I'd forgotten something in the car. It was dark already and I felt very unsafe going down to get it.
The room was hot, stuffy, and stale. Went to the wall thermostat, which instructed to set climate control on the heater/cooler under the window. We turned it on and it seemed to work for awhile, albeit extremely noisily. After about 15 minutes, before the room was cooled, it kicked off. We could get it to blow again, but nothing we could do would get it to blow cool air. It wasn't broken; rather, it seemed like the way it was designed. It wasn't as hot as Stockton can get in the summer, so tried to open the window -- 2 inches and no further. Spent a miserable hot, stuffy night. The manager said next day that I should have called the desk.
The beds were comfortable. Bathroom unmemorable. Towels thin and scratchy. Small fridge with a teensy freezer that didn't hold more than a couple ice packs (from our cooler) and didn't even freeze those. Had to buy a bag of ice the next day. TV selection was minimal; just a few stations with no on-screen guide.
Didn't hear much noise during the night, but I'm not sure anyone else was staying in our wing. Which made it creepier, knowing the doors right downstairs were wide open and that we were far from the front desk and lobby (such as it was).
Breakfast is apparently not included automatically. Ours was because we had a team rate. But it didn't open until 7 and we had to leave at 6:30, so we went to a market the night before and bought my daughter some food. I took her to the field and drove back to finish packing, get some breakfast to go, check out, and head back to the playing field, about 15 minutes each way. Breakfast is not a buffet; it’s cooked to order in a restaurant. Seemed good. It was staffed by only one person when I got there. Handed her my voucher and she gave me the special free-breakfast limited menu. Finally snagged her again to place my order and waited. And waited. Some friends walked in and sat down at a table to order. By this time, another waitress had come on duty. (They eventually ordered their food, but it didn't come by the time they had to leave.) Eventually, my food came, quite mediocre, but I was grateful to take it and leave that place.
Stockton is not the best town for lodging. We paid $70, which is much less than what other chain hotels in Stockton charge (and some of those in high-crime areas). Still, it was NOT cheap enough to warrant staying there. It felt seedy and unsafe, and while nothing was horrendously bad, the unpleasantries added up to a very poor experience. What we saved, we spent buying food for her breakfast, ice for the cooler, and in time and aggravation. We will never stay there again. For people going to Stockton, I recommend staying outside the city, in Lathrop or Lodi. You’ll pay a little more and have to drive a bit farther, and it’s totally worth it.
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