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Hampton Inn San Marcos
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in San Marcos
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“Hampton on the highway”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2007

while this Hampton Inn is nice, it is certainly not the best and cleanest Hampton I've come across.

Location: about 2 miles up from the San Marcos Prime Outlet (if you're driving southbound on I35, make sure you take exit 200 and go around the underpass -- the hotel is located along the frontage road behind a Chili's and Luby's cafeteria).

cleanliness: one of the previous reviews mentioned about the hotel carpet, and I must agree it was pretty dirty looking -- almost looks like it's been flooded before and the stains just remained. There is a strong deodorized scent throughout the room corridors, but overall the cleanliness issue amounts to what looks more like war-wounds from probably some wild Texas State post-game party.

rooms: furniture is a little dated, but the bed is just as good as any other Hampton. Bathroom is adequately sized, and the closet has iron and board included.

gym: 2 treadmills and a riding machine.

Pool: a little awkward looking as it's right on the parking lot -- other hampton Inn's I've stayed at has the pool kept at least a little more out of the way so you don't have to look at the cars parked about 5 feet away from the pool, as well as everyone taking their luggage on the way to the lobby.

Overall: decent Hampton, but certainly not the best and newest looking one I've seen. Broadband connection was very slow -- not even allowing my company vpn connection to work. The hotel's location gives you a feel of the highway motel variety while not being exactly 10 feet from the freeway. There're also conference facilities as I saw a group coming in and out of meetings. It's not a bad choice if you're going to San Marcos for a few days, or if you're heading to Austin but couldn't find a hotel in town -- the drive to Austin is only about 30 minutes **i.e. without traffic, and traffic gets as bad as LA during rush-hour (4pm - 7:30pm).

  • Stayed May 2007
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Mesa, AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2006

Once again, Hampton Inn gets my vote. Very clean, very polite staff, excellent free breakfast, the only thing lacking is a computer to check my email in the lobby! The pool looked nice, but we were too busy to use it.

  • Liked — free breakfast and clean rooms
  • Disliked — no computer in lobby
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with family
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Hudson, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2006

We are staying here for two days, in order for my daughter to tour a local college and familiarize herself with the area. We chose the Hampton because we've had good experiences with this chain in the past. That said, we found this hotel to exceed our expectations. The new bedding, nice down comforters, soft sheets, and great pillows, make for a refreshing night's sleep. The bathrooms have plenty of space, and have shower massagers. There are several nice touch touches in the rooms, like a lap desk, and "fancy" shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. The high speed internet is complimentary, and hassle-free.
The breakfast is also complimentary, and much nicer than the typical hotel continental breakfast. The staff is very friendly and competent. We did not use the pool, but it looks nice.
The only thing that could be considered a drawback is that there are no restaurants adjacent to the hotel, so you pretty much have to drive somewhere for meals other than breakfast.
All of the above, combined with the central location of the hotel, makes this our hotel of choice in the future when we visit San Marcos.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2006

Beautiful hotel. New -- or at least seems like it. Great location. Nice staff. FANTASTIC breakfast!!!! Extremely comfortable beds! Very comfortable, clean, safe. Great value! I would definetely stay here again. No problems what so ever!

  • Stayed May 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2005

We were very impressed with this place during our four night stay in August. The service was wonderful and the entire place, inside and out, is in great shape and lovingly cared for. The pool was clean, roomy, and usually empty, the breakfast offered a pleasant variety, and there's lots of ample parking. We'll stay here if ever back in the area.

  • Stayed August 2005
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Tucson, AZ
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2005

I stayed at the Hampton Inn, San Marcos, for one night on 3/17/05 with three teenagers. We found the room to be quite adequate. There were lots of channels on the cable tv, the room was clean but there was a little highway noise. When I checked in (about 6 p.m.) they had freshly baked chocolate chip cookies at the front dessk....a nice way to start the stay! The free breakfast was very nice....although the eggs were a bit rubbery, they did have cream gravy and biscuits, along with the normal bagels, danishes, toast, cereal, fresh fruit and yogurt. The beds were quite hard but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Not the best Hampton Inn I've ever stayed in but certainly not bad at all. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2005

San Marcos Hampton Inn is a great place to stay if you just need a place to crash for the night. It doesn't have any fancy immenities in the rooms. However they are clean and well maintained. The sheets and comforters are boiled after each visitor (I've seen the laundry room for myself on a pillow mission) and they have the nice soft kind of underblanket, and not the scratchy, pubic hair attracting ones that we all fear. Staff is always on duty, and there are no hidden fees in your stay. Just a note, they authorize $150 dollars when you first check in on your credit card, no matter what the rate is, and then release it upon check out. Your best bet is not to use your Visa check card because of this issue. (unless you have some money to let go of for the week).

  • Stayed January 2005
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Property: Hampton Inn San Marcos
Address: 123 E Carmel St, San Marcos, CA 92078-4309
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Location: United States > California > San Marcos
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in San Marcos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hampton Inn San Marcos 2.5*
Number of rooms: 70
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