This hotel was a recommended pick for a business conference.
I looked at the web site and decided to sign up for Town and Country Resort’s Preferred Corporate Program. I travel to San Diego several times per year and thought the web site looked nice and am always willing to try something new.
The area is well known to me, having stayed across the street ( really freeway) several times at the Sheraton and the Marriott.
I was surprised when a rep. from the hotel called me and regarding the Preferred Club. The woman indicated the “club” wasn’t offered for “convention people.” Should have been my first clue.
I arrived on a Sunday afternoon and found the outside of the hotel to be clean and well kept with a “country village” type atmosphere. There was plenty of parking . Inside the Lobby , a line of about 15 people were waiting to check in, there were 2 front desks clerks.
A booth for “VIPS” was in the middle of the Lobby , with another clerk talking with a fourth clerk. Neither of these people assisted with what I thought to be quite a long line of travelers waiting to check in. It took 25 minutes to get thru the line.
Hotel $ 147.00 a night
Internet Fee $10.00 a day
Parking fee $ 14.00 a day
Fitness Center $10.00 a day
Local calls $ 2.50 each
Occupancy Tax $ 15.44 a day
Change in reservation $50.00
Ok still with me.. Did I mention upon check -in a young person with a back pack sign-ined with an $85 dollar a night rate ..
My first room was in the 3300 building, this hotel must have a thousand rooms. It looks like a few 50 year old country motels , with a high tower and a some random buildings. It is quaint, the flowers are nice and there are cute streets and welll …
So I get to the two story building, no elevators. But its all good, I don’t need one. The hallways are inside and dark, first floor is filled with students -the doors are open and its LOUD. A woman is screaming at them to hurry up. ( oh no I’m thinking)
My room is on the second floor. A well dressed older European couple and I offer wary looks. I open the door to the worst MUSTY - OLD carpet smell. The carpet is blue and probably really old , the fabric on the bedspread thread worn. The smell is overwhelming. I phone the front desk. Oh she says , yes some “people complain about that building “
Back to the front desk , back in line and a new key. < I did hear one woman exclaim to another about her four poster bed in the room - I was hopeful) My next room is set at the end of the property . There is an alley way leading to somewhere near the freeway which I can hear very plainly. The out side is kinda funky cute, well worn white paint cute terrace of flowers. I can do funky , even thread worn if its clean..
Inside the room with two double beds smells like old unwashed clothes. Gross. The carpet is really stained , a white chalking smear is on one of the bed covers. A glass on a plastic tray is shining sticky. The fabric lampshades are whiteish grey and dusty. There is a dead bug enclosed in the picture frame directly over the bed. Looks like a tic. I pull back the covers and a black curly hair is laying on the sheet. The other bed looks clean so I fold away the cover and wash my hands. I wish I would have had my camera.
On a happy note the bathroom is clean. Except for the wall next to the toilet where there are some dried brown drips. I’m thinking a spray bottle of cleaner , paper towels and buying some sheets will get me thru the week.
In the middle of the night I hear the freeway and the guy next door snoring. Ho hum .
I have read the reviews of this place and maybe if you are a VIP , there are better rooms. The Town and Country is a dump as far as I am concerned. Do not stay here if you can help it. If you book rooms for someone - do them a favor and book somewhere else.
Right across the street are the Hilton, residence inn , Sheraton , double tree ..
I will never recommened this place to anyone. In fact I suggest they stay away. The management is fooling themselves if they think business such as this will carry them thru. I spend about 60 nights a year in hotels and this is the worst i have ever seen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Mission Valley and the heart of San Diego. Convenient, central location provides easy access to all of the city's sites & attractions. 6 miles from Lindbergh Field and ten minutes from Old Town, Zoo, Balboa Park, SeaWorld, the bays & beaches. On property you will find expansive grounds in addition to a fitness center, 3 pools, and 3 restaurants. Adjacent to a trolley stop, Fashion Valley Shopping & golf. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Town And Country Hotel San Diego
- Hotel Town And Country
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