First of all there is a bait and switch on the price of the room. If you want ANY amenities at all, like a quiet room or even a hair dryer or a coffee pot, you have to pay $10 more and they move you to the other side of the building and there is a "perk" of a larger screen TV. The "basic" room has NO coffee, no shampoo and the thermostat was not working. Not EVEN a clock radio! Bare-Bones! The TV card that showed how to navigate and where the TV channels were for the "free Showtime" was totally wrong and out of date. Some channels didnt even work. Is this place going out of business and just letting it go to pot?
Also the "free breakfast" consists of cheap and not tasty plastic wrapped bear claws or berry tarts that you buy by the box full at Costco. Also they only had coffee. NO orange juice or any other item. Then! They only have this breakfast available from 6-9 am> What!!? Checkout is 11 am. You don't think that people might want coffee after 9 on a raining/cold Sunday? Thank goodness there was a McDonalds across the street so I could enjoy a nice cup of java while packing.
But the last straw was they required a $50 DEPOSIT in order to stay there. Okay, 1.) The room was already paid for before I arrived. There is NOTHING in the room to take that even amounts anywhere to $50! And then, it took 5 days for the HOLD on my credit card to be released!!
There are many motels in a 5 mile radius that I will be giving my business to. I will never return to this DUMP.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Budget Inn Merced is conveniently located off Highway 99 near many landmarks and attractions where Old World California charm still reigns supreme. Our hotel is located near plenty of outdoor areas including Lake Merced and Lake Yosemite. Indulge at the Hilmar Cheese Company and Red Rock Winery and Brewery nearby. Experience the arts at Merced Multicultural Arts Center or head over to the Applegate Park and Zoo, which will surely be a hit among all ages. To make your stay more comfortable, our Merced hotel offers a daily complimentary continental breakfast and free WiFi. After a day of business or seeing the local sites, you can unwind in one of our business-friendly rooms with satellite TV. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vagabond Hotel Merced
- Merced Vagabond Hotel