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Econo Lodge London Canada

6.0 | Fair
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Older & pet-friendly London hotel with free breakfast and free parking, but many complaints

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking
  • Guests typically reported the owners/staff as friendly
Cons
  • Bed bugs were reported by more than one guest in 2014 and 2015
  • Several guests objected to the neighbourhood with a strip club next door
  • Older hotel in need of better cleaning and updates said guests
  • Many complained of missing or non-functioning amenities
  • A lack of maintenance a problem for many reviewers
  • Some guests complained of uncomfortable beds and non-working Wi-Fi in their rooms
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jun 18, 2015
Overview
This budget hotel is within a 3-minute drive of downtown London attractions and offers basic and pet-friendly rooms, along with the free added amenities of Wi-Fi, breakfast and parking.

Both smoking and non-smoking accommodations are available. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and air conditioning. Microwaves and mini-fridges are available in select rooms and upon request. Suites at this hotel may also include a sofabed and a 1-person jetted tub. Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 2 queen beds or 1 queen bed. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are not available.

Free outdoor parking is available on site. Dogs are permitted in select rooms for an additional fee of $20 per stay with a limit of 2 pets per room, 10 lbs or under. 

A free continental breakfast is served from 6 am to 10 am. 

Other on-site amenities include an elevator, a copy and fax service, a guest computer in the lobby, a guest laundry, safe deposit boxes and luggage storage.

Western Fair Entertainment Centre, which offers live harness racing and an OLG Slots casino, is a 13-minute walk away. Several downtown attractions are accessible within a 6-minute drive, including the Budweiser Gardens, the Museum of London, the Grand Theatre and the Covent Gardens Farmers' Market. 

The University of Western Ontario is 10 minutes away by car, while Fanshawe Pioneer Village and the London International Airport (YXU) are both a 15-minute drive away. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
This hotel received a lot of mixed reviews online. Positive comments were mostly about the staff as guests typically thought the staff or owners were friendly and helpful.




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The Bad
This hotel received a lot of mixed reviews, in the reviews read online for this report, with many guests complaining of undesirable conditions at the hotel. Some guests pointed out that the hotel did not look like the professional pictures posted online and said that some of the (excellent) reviews posted were bogus.

Most complaints were directed toward the state of the property and rooms, which guests called old and dirty. Many complained of fixtures and amenities that didn't work which included: ineffective heaters which made the rooms cold, AC that didn't work, broken lamp, headboard off the wall, shower head spraying water all over, a leaky faucet, coffeemaker not working, elevator not working, TV remote only turned the TV on and off, in-room phone didn't work, terrible and broken beds, ironing board broken, poor TV reception, hair dryer broken, no lock on the bathroom door, bathtub broken and room key not working.

Some guests complained of non-functioning Wi-Fi in their rooms, but claimed it worked in the hallways.

Cleaning and maintenance issues were rampant as well: water damage on walls and ceiling, dusty and dirty ceiling fixtures, dusty furniture and washrooms, broken lamp, doors to the rooms and bathrooms didn't close, bathrooms filthy, guests were given rooms that had not been cleaned from prior guests, flaking ceiling in bathroom, dirty mini-fridge, dirty carpet. 

More than one guest described the rooms as grubby, smelly and noisy and others claimed they saw and were bitten by bed bugs in several different rooms. Reviews posted regarding bed bugs appeared in October 2014 and January 2015.

The area, atmosphere and clientele were issues for some. Many complained that the hotel was next door to a strip club. One guest said there was a man dealing drugs right out in the open on his floor and another found drugs left in their guest room.

One elderly guest, planning to attend a medical appointment the next day, was kept awake till 3:45 am by partiers next door. A few guests complained of being able to hear their neighbours and another guest said the hallways were very loud at night, disrupting sleep. 

Guests had mixed opinions about the location, some finding it close to everything and other saying it was undesirable.

Value was hotly contested in the reviews with some saying 'not worth it' and others saying 'good value'.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #20 out of 42 hotels in London, with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 135 reviews.

Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 2.8 out of 5, with 72% of 134 guests recommending the property.

Booking.com gave this hotel a guest rating of 6.2 out of 10 from 86 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
6.0
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29 / out of 32
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Rated 6.0/10 based on 902 reviews

Ranked #29 out of 32 hotels in London

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636 York Street, London, ON