I waited till I checked out to get my key deposit before posting this review. Let me start with the positives. (1) Fast checkin no problem. The guy behind the counter was neither rude nor friendly but professional. It moved along gracefully. (2) I can empathize with the fight the owners and management has to maintain the property in an area which is run down and industrial but they do keep the exterior premises clean. It has an iron fence around it, and to get in you have to go into the area. There is no gate up front so people may wander in off the streets. (2) The room was "clean" in that the bedsheets were fresh and clean, as were the pillow cases. Towels were clean. Bathroom was clean. (3) Price was comparable for low budget motels and affordable if you're hurting for cash. Its about half of what it costs for a much better room a couple miles on up the road. (4) Shower/Tub had a nice Waterpik showerhead. Check out was fast and got my $10 key deposit back.
Negatives. (1) Location is accessible to attractions such as Magic Mountain and Six Flags, the Antique Auto Museum, etc. But the actual location of the motel is in an area which is deteriorated and its scary at night. So don't plan on waking your dog or going jogging around there after dark. (2) Blood spatter on the ceiling. I cannot even guess how that happened and not sure I want to know. (3) Toilet paper was trapped in a lock box and all I could do is get one square at a time. Had to go buy a roll somewhere else.(4) Cigarette burns in the furniture, etc. (5) carpet appeared to be cleaned and tended, but definitely got some wear and tear. There was evidence of staining, but you have to look for it. (6) Furnishings are dated. (7) Bed was as expected, mediocre but doable. Pillows were flat.
Not sure about local shopping or food, but if you go to Stevens Ranch up the road you will find a shopping center. You have to drive.
Overall rating. I can't give it a 2.5 only a 2. Its convenient to some attractions, and good for a budget traveler, but I would not bring the kids here and if you have spare change may be worth spending double or more for a nice room in the area if you don't like borderline industrial areas for an overnight stay.
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