At the time I booked it, this Econo Lodge was the least expensive hotel in the area. So I didn't expect much since after all some place has to be the cheapest and when I'm on a low budget I'm glad those places exist.
First, the good stuff. The beds were comfortable and there was no sign of bedbugs. The area seemed safe. There is a good neighborhood bar next door with nice people, pool tables, and cheap drinks. A grocery store around the corner and a Dunkin Donuts nearby.
The wifi was fast when it worked, but that was only about a third of the time during our two night stay. On 4 different devices we confirmed that the service was out.
The problem was with housekeeping. When the lid of the toilet was down I could see what looked like months worth of semi-liquid urine caked onto the hinges. It was absolutely disgusting. There were lots of little spots like that where I could tell that someone had just stopped caring about their job a long time ago. Under the vanity and sink I saw more dirt and stains.
Cheap doesn't have to mean 'dirty.' If you are paying someone to clean the room, they could spend an extra 5 minutes and actually do their job. This is a problem that can be fixed with better management and a staff change rather than having to spend money and increase prices.
The TV didn't work properly. All that would come on was the main menu and the Weather Channel. I think the remote was broken and the regular buttons on the set were disabled. Whatever. I brought a book anyhow.
By the way, the 'continental breakfast' was especially depressing. I don't understand why places like this even bother with the crappy breakfasts. The thimble-sized styrofoam coffee cup and powdered office-supply creamer; the ancient flakes of off-brand cereal in their dispenser. No tables or chairs -- just take your little bowl of cereal and get the hell out, right?
But the place isn't horrible and there is hope. A year from now maybe they'll have a new maid things will improve.
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- Also Known As:
- Econo Lodge Framingham
- Framingham Econo Lodge