Look, if you're looking for a first-class (or even second class) hotel stay, why look at Econo Lodge in the first place? So one has to set their expectations a bit lower to even consider this hotel.
What it has going for it is that it is a few dollars less expensive than the ONLY challenger it has in the area, and I am deeply suspicious of the rave reviews that competitor has received. I've stayed in both, the two are very comparable in my mind, and neither could charge CLOSE to what they do were it not for the complete absence of nearby competition.
Place this or the other motel in any location - even a desirable one - with with 3 or 4 competitors and the price would (or should) drop by at least $20-$30 per night.
Our room was clean, extremely basic, and had only one significant drawback. They offered the poorest excuse for pillows it has ever been my misfortune to come upon, whether at a motel, a hotel, or even a house I was staying in. They're so pathetic one cannot be blamed for looking inside the pillowcases to see if there's actually anything in there.
Frankly, I like this place because it doesn't claim to be something it's not. There's a somewhat well-known chain found up and down this section of the Oregon coast that, with rates almost double what this one charges, at least implies it offers something more to guests, and it doesn't, save for a faux Cape-Cod exterior decor. And unlike the unrelated competitor up the road a few hundred feet, the EconoLodge does NOT promise a luxurious or pampered stay. That makes the EconoLodge more honest than the competition.
This motel is for the short stay on the road, and no one should expect a huge flat-screen TV, a sumptuous free breakfast, or 600 thread count sheets. And what can it offer that the place a few hundred feet down the road doesn't offer? Very little. That other place has a pool, but virtually ALL the front rooms face the noisy highway. At the Econo Lodge, only the two rooms on the end of the two-story structure contend with the highway noise? So the better question is what can the other offer for $20 more per night that this one can't? Other than that pool, I've seen nothing that puts one over the other.
This one is closer to the Dairy Queen, the other is closer to the tiny market (Which is still easy walking distance from the Econo Lodge).
In the end, the Econo Lodge wins out for the short stay because it's a few dollars cheaper, though an even lower price would be more appropriate for BOTH of the hotels in Garibaldi.
As noted, the only feature that is below the standard for even this level of economy are the pillows. Absolutely and utterly inexcusable, and three of them do not equal one of what they SHOULD be - at a minimum.
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