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Days Inn San Marcos
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in San Marcos
San Marcos, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Overpriced dump”
Reviewed August 13, 2011

This place is nasty run down, the electrical outlets wiggle and things you plug in don't work unless you get it just right. The bed springs were broken and the whole room smells bad of smoke/dirt. Then they still ask as much as some higher class hotels. This place should be torn down.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Peoria, Arizona
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26 reviews
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

I am an expectant mother of a three year old and a wife. We booked in advance and paid fifty five bucks a night with 10% tax on top of that. It is a budget hotel and we stayed in a room with a King sized bed on the second floor. Parking seemed a little tight at times and it seems that a tow truck was constantly lingering. Our stay was great and the breakfast was wonderful each morning. I LOVED the fresh waffles every morning. We ate at Tony Roma's in Restaurant Row and had a delightful three course dinner for 12.99 that included salad, half slab of ribs, and dessert-you just had to order it before 6:00pm.
Only a pregnant woman would share this one, but I loved their Sugared Citrus soaps and shampoos!!! They were amazing.
Pros-amazing value with breakfast included, clean rooms (no bugs), great location, not alot of traffic, fantastic restaurants all around,
Cons-the ice machine was broken for our two night stay, so we had to get ice from the office, the pool is clean, but looks like it needs remodeling and is not heated, close to expressway so some units may hear traffic noise-we did not

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

Look, you get what you pay for. It's not a glorious place. The rooms kind of smell like smoke. You're surrounded by highway. However, it's cheap and serviceable. No gym. No good running around there either.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, CA
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50 reviews
46 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

I liked my stay at the Ramada Limited. I needed a hotel halfway between L.A. and San Diego. The price was right and the location looked safe and convenient. The Ramada Limited was a pleasurable stay.

I asked for a room on the top floor, away from the street and I got one. My room was a good size, though the TV is very close to the edge of the bed, and the bathroom is a touch small. But the room was perfectly good for me. My neighbor was blaring his TV from the hallway but once I closed my door, I couldn't hear it at all, which is a good sign of their walls.

The room is no frills but clean. You get the usual shampoo, lotion, soap kit and there is a fridge, microwave and coffee maker.

Even though the motel is close to the freeway, you can't really hear the street noise. The motel is also very close to lots of shops and restaurants.

The parking lot is big and ample parking. The buildings can be a little confusing to navigate as there aren't a lot of signs pointing you to where you need to go, but it's not a big deal.

WiFi was free and good.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
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houston
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2011

Room faced away from freeway with large television, desk, hairdryer, refrig and microwave. Friendly desk clerk was helpful in offerring services such as wi-fi,parking, and free breakfast. Our only problem was rush hour traffic exiting San Diego to get here! We were greatly delayed because the San Diego Airport commuter terminal is ignored by Thrifty car rental pick up service. Do not rent from Thrifty in San Diego.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Lancaster, California
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2011

After reviewing comments on Trip Adviser, my wife and I stayed at the Ramada Ltd, for 4 nites at a very good rate thru AARP..

It was a clean room with a very comfortable King-size bed, fairly new A/C and nice shower. Because of the reviews, we requested the 2nd floor in the building away from the Freeway, and we glad we did. Our room faced a quiet RV repair business next door, and a large hedge provided some screening. We had no noise problems, but there were some commerical traffic (heavy semi-trucks) that were staying there at the same time, and the drivers "hung-out" in front of their rooms, which faced the parking lot.

The free continental breakfast is adequate, but there is only one waffle machine and at times the small room (5-6 tables) is very crowded and you have to be patient to get a chance to make a waffle. Cereal, rolls, toast, juice are a much quicker breakfast choice.

Ramada Ltd is a very good and reasonable choice for this area, but you'd best be flexible in your standards.

It was a Good Value!!

Room Tip: Request 2nd floor on east side of complex, away from the Freeway
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Ft. Bragg, NC
1 review
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

If there was less than terrible, I would have ranked it that. Sleeping in my car would have been a better experience, and less expensive. Half of the outlets in the room didn't work, Ironing board was mounted so that it was un-usable, freeway noise all night, the "free" breakfast involved a couple of rotting fruit, stale bread and a toaster...no coffee, no juice, no water, no ice, no napkins. Housekeeping will make up your room, but they leave no towels they will leave the dirty linen hanging in front of your room all day...you need to go to the lobby to get anything..
They say they have WiFi, but there is no bandwidth. The staff at the front desk is apathetic at best. Pay the extra buck and stay somewhere else.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Days Inn San Marcos
Address: 517 W San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA 92069-2721 (Formerly Ramada Limited San Marcos)
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Location: United States > California > San Marcos
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in San Marcos
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Hotel Class:2 star — Days Inn San Marcos 2*
Number of rooms: 85
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