Upon booking the EZ 8, we were unsure what to expect, however upon arriving to Chula Vista (rather late due to a detour through National City- think of some different street names, So Cal! haha) we called for directions from the exit and Ken was more than delightfully helpful. The check in process was a bit long, but thorough. Ken was an absolute delight every time we encountered him. Friendly at check in, professional, and helpful. Then we get checked in and settled and were happily surprised with an on-site security guard that remained all night on the premises as well as a police patrol that I saw come by at least once a day. We stayed for 2 days and it was a lovely little get away. Though Chula Vista isn't a nice part of San Diego, this hotel was our little oasis. It is dated but clean. Has a fairly priced and GREAT working on-site laundry. Seriously I've never used a nicer public dryer- once was all I needed to run things and they were dry, even our jeans! ^_^ It is smoking-allowed, which I was unaware of upon booking, so it has that old hotel-smell charm, but it wasn't strong and I barely noticed it after being in the room a few moments. In room refrigerators and HBO! Comfy beds and spacious rooms! We had 2, one for my husband and I and one for our travel buddy. In spite of it being just-off-the-freeway, there was very little disruption in noise and we felt totally safe. Of course, we never leave valuables unattended in our rooms. When I called to decline housekeeping, the man on the phone said they had to come in at least every other day- which didn't affect us, but may be annoying to someone staying longer than us. Anyhow- great little surprise of a place! Pool and hot tub, which I thoroughly enjoyed for a bit since we had hiked the Bright Angel Trail down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon just the day before we got to EZ 8. Such a nice relaxing hotel after 2 nights of camping and hiking like crazy. Nice, bi-lingual staff, and lots of on-site perks such as free coffee in the lobby in the morning. Thanks EZ 8 and Ken! :D We will definitely keep this cozy and inexpensive little spot in mind for future visits! ^_^
Oh one con- there was an option for 3rd party, paid wifi, which our clerk himself advised against due to it being slow, so if you need internet you might wanna use a data plan! We didn't care though, we were there to chill. :)
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