I was looking for a place to take my wife and grandson for a week. Didn't realize that the "Comicon Convention" would be at this time period. At any rate hotels were either sold out or too expensive because of "Comicon" and then we found the Travelodge in La Mesa at a fairly reasonable rate. Reading the reviews made us scratch our heads. Some were great and some were horrible and I think some were pretty biased. I have traveled professionally for over 30 years and have stayed at hotels from Hyatts to Motel 6, so I have a good understanding of hotels and what to expect. Therefore I want to share what I think will be a really useful review. First, the neighborhood is just fine and there should be no concern for anyone who wishes to take a walk or walk to the shopping center a block away that has a Von's Supermarket, Pizza Hut and Round Table Pizza. Right next door is a very good Mexican Restaurant Rosaritos #3. We actually began to really like the whole LaMesa area. The parking lot seems adequate and there were always plenty of spaces. If it were to be full there are plenty of places to park nearby. The facade tells you that this is not a new hotel but it has been maintained. There are three floors. Lobby and living level for owners and workers. Floors 1 & 2 for guests. The rooms were quite a bit larger than a standard hotel/motel room making it seem much more comfortable for a longer stay. All areas were well maintained and clean. Please keep in mind at all times the price level of this property is quite inexpensive. The TV's are not flat screen but they are quite acceptable and you receive 70 cable channels as well as HBO. You can connect a DVD player via RCA jacks on the back. WiFi was available in all areas and the signal was better than you find in most hotels. Each room has a small kitchen area with bar sink, microwave and refrigerator. This is an excellent added value. The pool, while on the small side, was very well maintained, nice seating for parents and also had umbrellas for the sun. During our stay we nearly had the pool to ourselves. The breakfast area is small but was never crowded and all the nights we were there the hotel was sold out. The offerings are meager but certainly in line with the hotel price point. Raisn Bran and Frosted Flakes cereal. Muffins, toast and bagels. Excellent waffle batter and waffle maker. Orange juice and apple juice was greatly watered down. Apples and oranges were of a poor quality. I think what I found most annoying were the negative signs and tone. One sign says they will not accept cash. Another says no check-in until 4:00PM no exceptions. If rooms are ready, why not? When I checked in I was required to pay in full at that time. They ran my credit card and gave me a receipt for the week. I asked what would happen if I decided to leave early and they said they would issue a refund. In 30 years of traveling I don't think I have ever had to pay in full upon check-in. Beware of a promotion that provides a "Zoo Pass" for a child if you stay a certain number of nights. I assumed (wrongly so) that this meant the San Diego Zoo. Not even close and the front desk people pretty much dumped the blame on me for not reading all of the fine print. All in all, I would stay here again. I honestly think it is an excellent value for the dollars keeping in mind that San Diego is expensive to begin with. I would also request the top floor. This hotel is frame built and it can be noisy if someone is walking around above you. Additionally I would request a room on the back side of the hotel. The street side can be noisy. On the back side we were able to have our windows open every night and enjoy the cool night air.
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- Welcome to the only Budget Friendly, Quite Adults Only Hotel in San Diego. Making sure our guest receives an extra clean, quiet, and affordable hotel experience is our job. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Travelodge La Mesa Hotel La Mesa
- Travel Lodge La Mesa
- La Mesa Travel Lodge
- La Mesa Travelodge