Stopped by since I was in town for 1 day or work and thought location would work for me--that was my first mistake! Parking lot was empty but man behind glass window said they were almost full and only had a larger room available so I was stuck with it and later I found he didn't even give me the rate I qualified for. Normally your credit card is authorized and not charged until check out in case you extend stay or pay another way, but employee charged me right away and gave me an almost blank receipt. I asked for a non smoking room and as I walked to the room I was worried as the hallway smelled of smoke and when I entered my room it was an adjoining room and smelled bad and I could already hear the people next door. I looked around the room and saw curtains falling off the wall, a torn and stained bedspread, dirty floor and the bathroom was horrible--there were used bars of soap in the shower, just 2 towels hanging and you could see how dirty they were and the overall room was just nasty looking. I went back to the front desk and complained and was told that since I entered the room for awhile I would have to pay for it--I was in there for no more than 10 minutes! I was given the choice to rent another room and have to pay again or stay where I was at since they would need to clean the room since I was in there----I doubt it had been cleaned in quite awhile! What type of service is this??? I could not justify another expense and the weather was not good so I stayed but came back with my own cleaning supplies and put my own blankets down on the bed. The entire stay was terrible as it smelled like smoke, lots of questionable people coming and going all night---the outside doors are open for anyone to come and go--great security! Never got the wake up call I asked for and when I left in the morning the front desk had a container out front with a sign for people to just leave their keys. I stood there 10 minutes and even tried calling the front desk and no one answered--I am sure this is part of the plan so people have no choice to complain and management doesn't have to listen to complaints! Seriously, I have stayed at many places all over the country and this was by far the worst! Rarely have I ever felt unsafe somewhere--but this place had me sleeping with one eye open. With all that happened--don't even chance a stay here and do not even think about bringing your family or kids as I would be scared to death to have my family here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Interior corridors, 2 levels, 50 guest rooms, free parking.We offer clean comfortable rooms at affordable rates. All guest rooms are equipped with mini fridge, microwave, alarm clock, cable TV, HBO, direct dial phones, individual cooling/heating unit. Free local calls. Other amenities include: Free Continental breakfast, free high-speed internet with 24 hr customer support, coin operating guest laundry on site open 24 hr. Iron+ironing boards and hair dryers are available at the front desk. Located at the intersection of Highway 14 and Highway 169, the Budget Host Inn abuts beautiful Hiniker Pond Park. The hotel is a five-minute drive from Bluff Park, Spring Lake Park and Kiwanis Recreation Area. A 15-minute drive east across the Minnesota River leads you through downtown Mankato to Minnesota State University - Mankato. A 15-minute slide south brings you to Mount Kato Ski Area, a winter and summer wonderland. Mankato Regional Airport is eight miles away. ... more less
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