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“Don't waste your money”

Prime Inn San Diego
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Prime Inn San Diego
Ranked #217 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
El Paso, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Don't waste your money”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

After a 12 hour drive we were looking forward to a clean smoke free room. Not so much. We were greeted by the front desk clerk. Very rude and hacking smoking stinking smelly disrespectful woman. Once we got paste the clerk we found our room to be dirty and completely permeated with smoke. We are not talking a small faint whiff of smoke. We are talking bar room. Not to mention we requested a down stairs room but to our joy we were put upstairs. After a few moments I called the lovely clerk who promptly informed me that smoke free rooms are not guaranteed even though that is what we reserved. She also said only the employees are given down stairs rooms and said we were more than welcome to leave. Evidently the hotel houses some sort of workers during the week. Another nice feature was the cigarette burn marks in the shower.

Also we were with a party of 30 traveling on bicycles from San Diego to Santa Monica. Most if not all of us had the same experience.

Do yourself a favor, avoid this hotel at all cost.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

It's not a hotel, but a motel. As any other one, if you want only sleep, is a good choice. Don't have to much to do near, only a Mall with Walmart, CVS and other helpful stores and restaurants. Cheap and near the mexican border.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Salem, Oregon
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

The hallways remind me of the shining movie. It has what a basic hotel should have, even if it was not "top class" it was good for the trip for the days we as a group used it for. If you just need a get a way place and aren't looking for a "special high dollar" place this is it. So I would rate this as a good hotel but like others say, don't take your wife for an anniversary get a way hotel like this.. This hotel is for people who just need a place to stay and not planning on staying indoors all day.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed August 1, 2010

When we first got into our room - i was not too happy, the walls needed cleaning and furniture looked old, we where exhausted from a long day at Sea World so we wanted to lay down to sleep. Well that is when we saw..........................Bed Bugs.......or a bed bug crawling up the wall, when we looked at the mattress there where more. Not coming back here!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2006

My boyfriend and I stayed at this motel for the San Diego Comic Con. Overall, it was a positive experience. The rate was very reasonable, the room was nearly spotless, and the staff (front desk and housekeeping) were all very friendly and helpful. Even though it's not in the best of neighborhoods, the hotel itself and even it's parking lot felt very safe and secure. The other guests were good people, too (no weirdos).
My only complaint was that the "bear bites" breakfast (pastries and coffee) was less than stellar... but then again, it was free, so...
Also, it's about a mile away from the trolley stop, but it's an easy walk, and an even easier drive. There are plenty of places to eat nearby, as well as a couple of grocery stores. The beach is a short drive away, too.
If you're on a tight budget, and don't mind the wee commute to the trolley stop, I highly recommend this motel.

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  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Prime Inn San Diego

Property: Prime Inn San Diego
Address: 1722 Palm Ave, San Diego, CA 92154-1149 (Formerly Travelodge - San Diego South Bay)
Location: United States > California > San Diego
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #217 of 278 Hotels in San Diego
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Prime Inn San Diego 2*
Number of rooms: 35
Also Known As:
Travelodge San Diego
Travel Lodge San Diego
San Diego Travel Lodge
San Diego Travelodge

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