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Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU in San Diego, CA

Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU in San Diego, CA


If you're looking for relaxed, comfortable lodgings, just minutes away from San Diego beaches and Old Town, we have several well-appointed room choices. Whether you choose a standard room, mini-suite, or extended-stay suite, all of our guests enjoy our delicious continental breakfast, premium cable television with HBO, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, and convenient amenities like in-room coffee and tea makers, hair dryers, and irons and ironing boards. And if you're traveling with a pet, the Best Western Lamplighter Inn welcomes them too!


Company Info:

Rating: 4.13

Address: 6474 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA, 92115

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    Comments (47):

    1. Irene S.
    dear best western,

    you were mildly better than the howard johnson down the street. you didn't have the room i wanted, but you found me a nice one, and with an extra bed for when i needed my own space. it was at the end of a long, long trip, you know. you weren't cheap, not by the standard at which i had come appreciate anyway, but your night staff person did give me a little discount. your day staff person was pretty nice, too. the pool with the palm trees was a nice touch, especially when the man-friend locked me out of the room for a while. thanks for being a friend, if only for those two short nights.

    irene s

    03/01/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    2. Dana W.
    Okay, it's pretty rare for me (almost nonexistant) to stay in a hotel in San Diego since I already live here.  But for reasons I won't go into, we needed to spend last Saturday night in a hotel and chose the Lamplighter.  Well... I guess I can go into a little bit of the reason -- we were attending an Orthodox Bar Mitzvah at a nearby synagogue (Beth Jacob), and in our "When in Rome" efforts, we stayed at the Lamplighter because it's within walking distance of the synagogue.  This is important for a couple of reasons -- if you're Orthodox and planning to be in San Diego on a Sabbath, this is a great place to stay.  The staff are very nice, and they fully accommodate their Orthodox clientele.  They will open your electronic keyed door for you, they tear up the toilet paper and leave it for you ahead of time, they serve a Kosher breakfast in their breakfast room -- they're used to Orthodox clientele and are very accommodating. As someone who is NOT Orthodox, I appreciated that the room we stayed in was clean and tidy, the bed was comfortable, and the room was actually quiet, which was a surprise to me because of the hotel's location on El Cajon Blvd. We slept very well that night.  The breakfast on Saturday morning was also good, and it seemed like they had a full-house, probably mostly San Diego State University parents visiting their college student kids.

    22/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Sean O.
    This really is a gem of a place.  We have to go down to San Diego often to visit my mom who lives in El Cajon.  I looked high and low online for a small, low-priced hotel and, honestly that is no easy task.  You never know what you are getting yourself into.  We decided upon the Lamplighter based on reviews and it was the right choice.  This place is really clean and David Brit, the General Manager, is the nicest man as is the entire staff there.  We always get a nice room and they make you feel so welcome.  There is free breakfast and internet connection.  It's in a really convenient location.

    09/04/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Gman S.
    Ok, 3rd stay here and each time I was going to write a review I forgot!..EEEK. Well, all I can say is each time was 5+ stars. I know there was some comments about the non-smoking rooms smelling like smoke....Never has happened to me, All three times on the second floor. Once by the pool and people were smoking by the car near the pool gate. Manager offered me a air filter for the room...but, it was not even needed.

    10/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. J L.
    I enjoyed my stay here recently. I got in late, but had no problems checking in. I even got a complimentary upgrade to a mini-suite. Score! All of the staff were very friendly. The rooms were clean; I like to thoroughly inspect all linens for stray hairs before use and I found none. My room was located in a quiet and peaceful area; I did not hear any noise from the street or surrounding neighborhood. The room had a fridge, microwave, and sofa area. Most of the lights are attached to motion sensors so don't sit too still or you might find yourself in the dark, especially in the bathroom. The complimentary breakfast is served from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and offers items like cereal, assorted bagels (everything, plain, blueberry, onion), hard boiled eggs, do-it-yourself waffles, assorted breads, and assorted pastries and muffins. Of course, there was also coffee, tea, milk, apple juice, and orange juice.

    20/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. Mark S.
    Having a student at SDSU, we have been looking for a hotel near the campus. Unfortunately, our first local try was at the hotel "NEXT TO" the Best Western Lamplighter and it was a disaster so we immediately cut our stay short there and immediately moved over to the Best Western Lamplighter for the rest of our stay. What a great move!

    At the Lamplighter, we met Len behind the front desk, a most delightful and helpful fellow, and he was most accommodating letting us move into a fresh clean room at 8:00 am. My wife would not even take a shower in the other hotel.... yuck

    Our Lamplighter room was all up-to-date, perfectly clean, the wireless worked flawlessly, the grounds were expertly maintained, the pool was fresh and inviting, we could park right in front of our room and the breakfast included in the price was very good and well maintained by the staff.

    Also, having a computer and printer in the office lobby to print-off boarding passes and directions to various places was invaluable.

    While the Lamplighter was a bit more expensive than the other "local" hotel, I would NOT stay at the "other" hotel even if you gave it to me for free and I thought the Lamplighter was a good value.

    The other considered option are the hotels over at "Hotel Circle" on I-8 but having stayed there too, our room at the Lamplighter was cleaner, the hotel was better maintained and the staff was absolutely more enjoyable to deal with.

    Oh, by the way, we walked to the SDSU campus and it took a bit over 5 minutes.

    25/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Tom C.
    We travel from L.A. to San Diego fairly often. We always stay at the Lamplighter... for one reason: David Birt, the manager.

    We used to stay at the Old Town Inn, which is a lovely motel and one we would also highly recommend. David used to work there. Both are a part of the Lion Family Hotel Group. But, when David was transferred to the Lamplighter, we chose to follow him.

    The Lamplighter is a middle of the road motel in an uninteresting area of town, but it is a clean, comfortable, friendly place to stay. The rooms are nice and the staff is accommodating. Smoking rooms are available. They are always located on the top floor. Smoke rises. Non-smokers on the ground floor shouldn't be discomfited. There are a couple of two-room suites available at a reasonable rate. Call ahead to reserve.

    Fair disclosure: We have become fast friends with David and he gives us a nice rate. That said, for a mid-range motel, this place is very worthy of your consideration.

    Continental breakfast (with Belgian waffles) is served through 10am. Your room will be clean and your bed will be comfortable. Situated on El Cajon Blvd... the motel is within easy access of Interstate 8.

    The Lamplighter is not a resort. If you want a huge hotel with restaurants, fitness center and la-ti-da... it's not your place. If you're on a budget and want a nice place to sleep that is convenient, then this is your place. It is a nice motel with a sparkling pool and clean, comfortable rooms. Don't forget your AAA discount.

    23/07/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. G. R.
    Stayed here recently for one night with my family while in S.D.... Saw some good  reviews and ratings on yelp, so I thought I would give it a chance...Rooms were just o.k... Small , outdated, and old feeling...Not as nice as I was expecting / hoping for... Not a picky person, but I know a nice hotel from and old one... Front office  area is nice and appealing when you pull in, but goes downhill after that...Pics here give you a different view of what you actually get...Continental breakfast with all the basics is included, but in a small cramped room...Location of hotel is near S.D. State and that is why I chose this hotel, but neighborhood is a little questionable...Only stayed here one night, so no big deal, but would not choose to stay here again...Saff was friendly at check in and check out...Did not have any problems whatsoever here, just not as nice a place as I am accustomed to... I have stayed at other Best Westerns that were much nicer, this one just didn't measure up ...

    12/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    9. Mark H.
    Very clean and comfortable, reasonably quiet, very reasonble price, friendly staff. Not in a great area for walking. No fridge???? In room Wifi and pool available. I met the manager, David Brit, and he is great guy, really into running a high quality hotel.

    21/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. John O.
    I booked this place because of the good reviews I have read on different sites.  I requested a lower level room with a mini-fridge and microwave only because we have two toddlers in tow.  I was kind of disappointed when Len (Front Office Manager) sent an email that there was no room available on the lower level.

    When we got there however, we not only got a lower level room but a free upgrade as well.  Instead of just having a mini-fridge and microwave, we got a unit with a full kitchen.

    Overall, our two night stay at the Lamplighter Inn was well worth it.  We will definitely stay there again when we go back to SD.

    05/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Brooks W.
    You've got to be careful staying in a motel in San Diego.  Even the chain motels are sometimes operated by managers with no sense of customer relations.  The Best Western Lamplighter is a clean motel with no surprises.  And the rates are competitive with motels that might not be so clean or safe.  With good freeway access, you can get to any tourist attraction quickly.  Do yourself a favor and stay here instead of Mission Valley.

    31/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    12. maria z.
    I vacillate between four and five stars, but we have only stayed here once - albeit for four nights, so on our next go round I will update.  I have a feeling this will turn into a five star review next time.  

    The room worked perfectly for us and our needs for the trip.  We had our pup with us so we were quite thankful to find a place that was clean and would accept dogs.  It was an extra $15 a night for the pup, which is a bit high, but I don't mind paying it to have her with us.

    I think that they upgraded our room, as I know I didn't pay for a suite, which was nice, and noticed.  

    The room was very clean every day, and the little things counted a lot for me.  For example, I almost had a breakdown one morning when I needed a printer - they had one in the lobby and didn't even charge me for the printing, which was quite a few pages.  And free internet - not only free but fast!  

    The pool looked nice, didn't get into it as I got back late every night and it was usually closed.  

    Every staff member I dealt with was very pleasant.  I didn't need to ask for anything - but I had the sense that had there been even the slightest issue that it would have been handled immediately and to my satisfaction.  

    I need to go to San Diego with relative frequency for conferences, and we will undoubtedly stay here next time as this was a very good experience and significantly exceeded my expectations in every way.

    04/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. Sarah H.
    First and foremost I MUST compliment on Len, the front desk manager and Vanessa. They are both on their way to running their own hotel. I've never experienced such great customer service at any professional establishment.
    Our house flooded almost a MONTH ago so we've been bouncing around from hotel to hotel due to the availability of rooms at such short notice. With 4th of July, The Over the Line tournament and Comic Con this whole month, we've stayed in about 7 or 8 different rooms between this hotel and several others. This is BY FAR THE BEST HOTEL! They've been very accommodating when we've forgotten something at our house (toothpaste, toothbrushes, razor, etc) and have been understanding with our schedules and cleaning the room. The majority of the time we've stayed, we were put in the suites with the full kitchen so we weren't forced to eat out every day. Their breakfast is perfect, as we have a choice of hot, fresh waffles, toast, bagels, fruit, cereal, oatmeal and pastries. They also have juices and hot coffee. I surely can't complain since it's free.
    Out of many hotels, this place offers free wi-fi that actually works! If you don't have a personal computer, the front office has one open to guests with a printer connected. They also have a fax machine for a low cost  if it's a large fax, or no cost for a page or two. The A/C is nice and cold and they provide plenty of towels (some hotels gave us 2 tiny towels). The beds are comfortable and they provide extra pillows in the closet.
    There has only been one night we had to park on the street due to a full parking lot, and if that's my only complaint...it's really none at all. I have 2 Golden Retrievers (very well behaved, older pups) and they've allowed them here as well. It's difficult to find a pet-friendly hotel, much less one that allows 2 LARGE pups.
    With laundry on-site, a beautiful pool with BBQ pit, vending and arcade games, perfectly friendly staff and restaurants and grocery within walking distance, what more could you ask for? This is THE hotel! Just saying :-) Call here and ask for Len or Vanessa and tell them Sarah and Mason sent you. Thanks to all the staff at Best Western Lamplighter Inn. You guys have truly made our stay worthwhile and made our month out of home as pleasant as it possibly could have been. You guys are the greatest!

    24/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. Alicia A.
    So living off of El Cajon Blvd.. until I moved recently.. I had casually noticed the Best Western (BW) on my way around the hood.  I never had a reason to go to the place.. just drive by until my family came into town for my graduation in May.  
    My whole family- aunt, grandpa, step grandma, my mom and her partner all stayed at the BW this is including Kirby (one of our three poodles).  

    Let me say.. this place is quiet, clean as well decorated as you can get without getting a 5 star price tag to go with it.

    The BW- when you check in gives you a gift bag with a "bodice ripper"- as my grandpa calls it romance novel and a bunch of coupons to different attractions around San Diego like Sea World and the Zoo.

    The BW- includes a pool.. which my cousins tried out with pool side tables and a grill which we didn't notice until we actually were hanging out at the pool.

    BW- also provides a free breakfast- you can make your own waffles, three or was it four different kinds of cereal, bagels and fresh fruit- not to mention coffee and the comfortable seating in the breakfast room.

    My aunt was worried about the level of noise at the BW- and was pleasantly surprised by how quiet the place was both at night and during the day.  I personally think the empty field behind the place.. has something to do with- not to mention El Cajon Blvd.. really quiets down by 8pm.

    So more about the rooms- they seem to be half way through remodeling the BW- upper floors lack the granite counter tops and new decor that the lower level floors have.  However- the mattresses were AWESOME!  Everybody in my family raved about the mattresses.  My grandfather hasn't slept so well in years- gave my step grandma a scare when he was still in bed at 8 am in the morning- sleeping no less!  Even stayed an extra day just to catch more Z's.

    Kirby- our pansy poodle boy- told us that the pet potty area was small but  came with a great lawn, the BW charges you $15 a night for your furry guest and raved about the bed being awesome to nap on while the owners were in the room- when he wasn't locked in a crate or out with our family.

    As my aunt put it- this is a 5 star hotel- with the name Best Western and a 2 star price tag.  So I highly recommend staying at the BW on El Cajon Blvd.

    12/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. J K.
    This hotel has (deservedly) good reviews. We chose it for its convenient location for a few days in San Diego. It is next to the SDSU campus (lots of nice ethnic eateries - and strangely enough, lots of hookah bars), but it is also not far from Balboa Park and all its wonderful museums.

    The room and bathroom were very clean, the mattresses had a comfy memory foam topping. and the (included) continental breakfast was great (pancakes, eggs, fresh fruit, toast, pastries, cereals, juices, coffee, tea, chocolate). Excellent value overall!

    On our first morning there, two old men in an adjacent room were having a heck of an argument - but that was hardly the fault of the hotel... Otherwise, our 2nd floor room was nice and quiet.

    28/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    16. Alelie H.
    An excellent place to stay when visiting San Diego. My boyfriend and I stayed here for a week during his visit.
    The service is very friendly and polite. We checked into the hotel around midnight and the front desk attendent welcomed us with a smile and extra bathroom supplies. They did not have any of the rooms we requested avaliable but instead they upgraded us to an even better room.  
    The complimentary breakfast was probably my favorite part of the inn. When they were about to close the doors for the free breakfast, they saw me and my boyfriend walking up and allowed us to grab some food before closing.
    There was an elderly guest and I saw that they gave her special attention and helped her get her breakfast.
    I highly recommend staying here. Great service, clean room, fantastic experience.

    23/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Art C.
    I was going to get ready to write a great review, probably at least 4 stars.  Enough parking, really friendly registration people at the front desk, and an OK breakfast room, and cool guest rooms.

    The second night, however, our non-smoking room turning into a smoking room from the people downstairs.  The vents, obviously suck, so our whole room filled with cigarette smoke.

    You can call me a pansy or super sensitive all you want, but you get a non-smoking room because you don't want to smell smoke.  Right?  If I didn't give a crap I would just sleep in dumpster all night k?

    I asked about it, they said they couldn't do anything but move us to another room.  The room we're in is one of the nicer "suite" rooms.  It's 11pm!  I'm not about to get dressed, get out of bed, and move everything over.

    Really disappointed in this place, would've been an instant favorite.  I'm still here now, and it's not going to be a fun night.  I guess if I was really annoyed I would take the offer to move, but this should have never even happened in the first place.

    How?  You think I'm too needy?  No way!  They could just not make smoking rooms right below non-smoking rooms, and just find a competent person to design a vent system that isn't shared between rooms or at least between smoking and non-smoking.

    If it were up to me, smoking rooms would all be in one area, top and bottom.  Or, I'd just not have smoking rooms at all.

    Guh, totally screwed up our stay.

    10/07/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    18. Bruce S.
    Arrived at 10:00 PM and spent 10 minutes waiting for someone to return to the office. During this time I called by cell, but no answer. Finally, someone returned and I got checked in, but the neighbors were noisy. Then I discovered patches of blood on the sheets and towels. I was given another room, but no apology or other consideration.  Poor breakfast. Bad experience.

    27/03/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    19. Melissa T.
    After being accepted to SDSU's grad program, I needed to come down to the area to familiarize myself with the surrounding and most importantly find housing.

    We decided to try Best Western for the weekend since they offered a pretty good deal and was fairly close to College Area.

    The service here was nice and when we arrived they had extra rooms so went ahead and upgraded us to a suite! The suites are located right by the pool, have a kitchen, and a sofa. It was a pleasant surprise.

    The continental breakfast is served in a small room by the lobby desk. They offer waffles, cereal, muffins, orange juice, milk, oatmeal, fruit, and bagels. Steer clear of the muffins as they are full of sugar and offer no real nutritional value.

    My second night stay here is what brings me to give this place only 1 star. Our room was specifically "non-smoking" yet the room was filled with smoke. It was originating from the room below us, which was "smoking". I can't understand the engineering and planning of this. Why would you put a non-smoking above a smoking room!?! Smoke obviously travels up. It smelled the worst in our bathroom. We had to open up all our windows and leave the fans on to help mitigate our secondhand smoke exposure. While blasting the heater to stay warm in the cool night.

    We called the front desk to see if there was something they could do. Granted this was at 11pm already. They did not have any other rooms available... basically they could not do anything. We were ready for bed and it was our last night here; so it would have been a big pain to pack up and move to another room when we were leaving first thing in the morning.

    If you do decide to stay here, don't stay in the non-smoking suite. You'll get secondhand smoke.

    05/12/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    20. Rachel E.
    I stayed for three nights; the first two were uneventful, but on the 3rd night a group of guys moved into the room next to mine.  They returned at 2:15 in the morning, drunk and loud as hell.  I didn't want to complain, so I put in ear plugs, put a pillow over my head and eventually went back to sleep.

    In the morning, there they were, still drunk and acting like idiots in the breakfast room.  That was a bit much, so I decided to give them feedback about their behavior (what was I thinking??) in a calm and respectful manner (honest!).  After getting a belligerent response, I went to the front desk to complain.  

    The manager was sympathetic, said he had already talked with the jerks based on complaints from other guests, promptly went to talk with the guys again, and apparently called the police...'cause the next thing I knew, there were 4 cop cars in the parking lot and the three guys were lined up on the curb (they got kicked out but the manager was nice enough to refund them their unused night's stay).  

    It was all very unpleasant, but I felt the manager handled it calmly and professionally.  It wasn't the hotel's fault, but they took responsibility for the behavior of their unruly guests, apologized to me repeatedly (both in person and via a voice message at my work number) and comped me that last night's stay without me asking.  

    So, considering how the situation was handled, I would stay there again.  Everything else about the stay was fine and I'm confident I'll have a more pleasant visit next time I give this place a try.

    26/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. Sarah H.
    How much do I love this hotel? So much that I've stayed here three years in a row during my Comic-Con visits. And it's not really near the convention center...it's about a 20 minute drive away.

    Love the pool. Love that there's a grill by the pool. During our last visit, we shopped at the Vonn's down the street for some grilling goods and BBQ'd up some hot dogs and stuff. The rooms are nice and clean, pretty standard. Some of them have microwaves and mini fridges, but others don't so you might want to ask when you book your room. The free daily breakfast is pretty sweet, too. I just wish they'd include some yogurt and fruit salad, because they basically just offer carbs (which I love, but sometimes I want something a little healthier), and hard-boiled eggs (which I don't like). The make-your-own-waffle machine is fun, though. I like gathering my breakfast and taking it out to eat by the pool. Did I mention that I love the pool?  :)

    The staff is really what makes this place great. They are super friendly and accommodating. Truly. The same people have been there for the past few years, so I think that says something about the place. Would definitely recommend staying here!

    14/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    22. Patty R.
    If you're looking for a nice place to stay near San Diego with your pet, this is it. Webster the Wonder Kitty had an early morning vet appointment on Claremont Mesa Blvd, about 20 minutes from this hotel. Rather than driving from Indio to San Diego at that hour, we decided to get a room nearby. Good decision.

    Our standard room with two queen beds was very nice and clean. Clean, comfortable bed and pillows. They have quite a a few DVDs in the office that you can borrow, as well as HBO etc. Free WiFi. Very friendly and helpful staff. Free breakfast, not the best I've ever eaten, but fresh, tasty, and adequate considering the moderate cost of the room.

    For a pet friendly place near San Diego I have a feeling this is as good as it gets. We would stay here again even if we were not traveling with a pet.

    07/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    23. Dee B.
    We just stayed for a few nights at the Lamplighter and had a perfect hotel experience, starting with Michelle at the front desk. She helped me make the reservation and couldn't have been nicer. We arrived on a Monday and the rooms were ready in the late morning. That really helped us.

    The rooms themselves are spotless, comfortable and well-appointed. We were upgraded to a suite and so we had 2 rooms- two queen beds + a living room/kitchen with a sofa-bed. The kitchen itself had a full-sized fridge, oven, toaster, microwave, etc. What more could you need?

    The beds were super comfortable and we all had great sleeps. We didn't really use the pool- it's small but perfect for just a dip and there was a lovely lawn with chairs where you could relax with a book.

    We got a great rate of $88 a night which is so reasonable for a nice place.

    The breakfasts were yummy- yes, carb heavy, but the bagels were fresh, lots of choices and it gave us a great start to the day. The fact that wi-fi and parking are free is a huge plus. The hotel is situated in El Cajon and it took us about 10-15 min. freeway driving to other parts of San Diego- specifically the beaches and the downtown area.

    All in all, it was a great stay...no, make that a perfect stay with zero problems. I would recommend the Lamplighter to anyone traveling for either romance, business or with kids as this place really knows how to treat its customers.

    13/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    24. Sarah G.
    Who knew that a hotel with incredible customer service, sparkling clean rooms and a delicious complimentary breakfast would be located off of El Cajon Blvd? Certainly not I. But believe it, this place is awesome.

    The suites are great, pristine and spacious. There's a full kitchen for those who don't feel like eating out (which, in this city, is just plain stupid. But it's nice to have the fridge option).

    When my family stayed here they raved about the customer service from the hotel's manager, who is a complete sweetheart who will go out of his way to make sure his guests have the best experience possible.

    Granted, this hotel isn't located in the best neighborhood, but I guarantee you you'll have a better experience here than at a place off Hotel Circle.

    24/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. Nadia H.
    Absolutely LOVED our stay here. From the time we arrived till the time we left, they were very nice & professional! I also like that their continental breakfast wasn't bad either. There was a lot more selection than most hotels. Our room was very clean too. I pay attention to see if there are any dust/dirt in the corners of the room because it says a lot about their cleanliness & their corners were clean! I know, it probably sounds weird. I'm a germaphobe lol.

    23/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    26. Sharon M.
    I've stayed at this Inn near SDSU several times and have not been disappointed yet.  The rooms seemed to have been recently remodeled and the bathroom vanity is separate from the toilet and shower... which is helpful when several people are getting ready at once!
    The nightly rate includes a rather nice continental breakfast and the staff is friendly and accomodating.
    I will definitely return!

    16/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    27. Joe F.
    David Birt and his staff always make me feel like a valued guest. The rooms are clean, the beds are comfy and the rates are great! Try to call in advance for a reservation as this hotel tends to sell out of rooms quickly.  Whenever I'm in the area, I always consider The Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites!  If you want something more luxurious, plan on spending twice as much. Dollar per dollar this one is pretty hard to beat!

    08/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    28. Jen G.
    I stayed here with a group of friends for a dance camp. You couldn't really beat the price or the proximity from the studio we were walking to each day. But - I was very excited to hear that the camp is moving to a hotel closer to the marina next year.

    Here's why:
    1) The hotel is located in a shady neighborhood. By day, it's decent. However, don't walk anywhere by yourself at night. We traveled as a group, so it wasn't really an issue. Anything decent to eat is a good half mile from the hotel.
    2) We weren't sure if it was the area we were in or the hotel itself. But two of us had really horrible allergy attacks during the weekend. I guessed mold was present, as I've stayed in San Diego a number of times and I've never actually gotten that bad.
    3) The continental breakfast room is small, cramped, and "was being remodeled" at the time. So everything was pre-packaged. The coffee was burned. It's free, but... eh.
    4) The soap is really bad. (First world problem, I know... but hey, soap is important when you are dancing up a storm for 8 hours straight.)
    5) There is no easy, cheap way to get to the hotel. $50 cab ride. Ouch. Shuttle is about $28 round trip for a single rider.

    22/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    29. Bob S.
    After being kicked out of a Travel Lodge in La Mesa for showing up a bit early, seeing at sign that stated "No Checking In before 4pm / Don't Ask!" in the lobby and a friend out of curiosity asking why (wouldn't you) then being verbally attacked by the manager, we found this Best Western on El Cajon.

    Friendly front desk, complimentary breakfast, free toiletries if needed, clean rooms and comfy beds.  

    Near the SDSU campus with a few places to eat within walking distance, though I can't recommend any of them.

    Would stay here again in a heartbeat...

    30/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    30. Christopher B.
    ***Misleading reviews alert***

    Once in a while, Yelp reviews can be deceptive... and this is one of those instances!

    I got suckered into staying at this location because of the over-hyped reviews!!!  

    This hotel is definitely nothing special.  It is in a semi-ghetto area, the walls are paper-thin, they ran out of items during the breakfast, lights flicker inside the hotel room, and the pool did not seem heated to 85F (as advertised).

    I've stayed at several, really nice Best Western's before, so my experience at this location definitely did not live up to the other locations that I've been to!

    ***Misleading reviews alert***

    28/05/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    31. davo w.
    Front desk service was good, though I only saw them a total of 60 seconds, but the bathroom cleaning needed work (mgrs, let me know if you want details)
    As far it being located in a semi-ghetto area: If non-guests hanging around the parking lot and around your parked car bothers you, go ahead and find somewhere else. I'm going to be generous and assume these characters were students.
    But with all that, things were relatively safe and quiet.

    28/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    32. When In Rome ..
    We always find ourselves back at this location, not only because of the clean, comfortable rooms, top notch complimentary breakfast, and location, but because of Len, the manager. Not only does Len go above and beyond to provide the best customer service, but I've overheard him talking to the housekeeping staff..he's just an all around good person. The grounds are always clean and I especially love that there is a designated doggie spot. Almost every other place in SD frowns upon four legged family members, while The Best Western Lamplighter not only happily invites them, but isn't run down like the few places that do. It is a very well managed, happy experience that has yet to dissapoint:) Give it a try, you will thank me later, cheers!

    07/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    33. Max M.
    We needed a pet-friendly place to stay with our two cats while having our house tented, and this was closeby, so we decided to try it.  We got a studio apartment.  The room was slightly worn, but much nicer than expected for a place that accepts pets.  Everything was clean, and surprisingly roomy (their kitchen is a full kitchen with full sized refrigerator, oven/stovetop, microwave, toaster, and even rudimentary dishes).  There is a gap between the bed and the wall that a frightened cat can fit in, so if you have such with you, make sure to block that off before letting it out of its carrier.  There is a pool, though we did not try it out.  Some folks here reported some noise issues, but we had none despite being in a room facing El Cajon Blvd.  The continental breakfast is nothing special (other than the fresh waffles, of course), but serves its purpose nicely and is staffed effectively.

    The service deserves a special note.  We have stayed in some very high end hotels that did not have staff as conscientious as this place does.  From reception to cleaning staff to the troubleshooter who fixed our television, they were without exception pleasant, efficient, accommodating, and competent.

    We would definitely recommend this place to anyone wanting to stay in the area, especially with small pets who might not be welcome elsewhere.

    01/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    34. Lindsey H.
    Len- the General Manager is extremely helpful and personable. After my Grandparents made a reservation at a hotel in the area that I saw had very scary reviews, I called this property and spoke with Len. He was extremely caring and extended a couple of offers that were very generous. Unfortunately, my Grandpa was set in his ways and did not want to cancel his reservation at another hotel, but Len suggested that they come and check out the property, and that he would have even matched the price that they were paying elsewhere. Wonderful customer service at this place!

    05/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    35. Lynda R.
    Stayed here for our visit to SDSU for freshman orientation.  It's just a few minutes from campus.  I think it's a great option for this type of trip.  Rates are low, rooms are clean and well kept, and beds are comfortable.  Next time I will bring my own shampoo.  There is the standard breakfast offered at no additional charge.  I appreciated that the hard boiled eggs were still in their shells and not those that are purchased pre-boiled.  We'll be back for dorm move-in!  Free wi-fi

    07/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    36. Ed U.
    There is nothing remarkable about a Best Western, any Best Western. Oh sure, where else can you make your own free Belgian waffle with a flip of the wrist? But this one stands out for a couple of reasons. First, Len and Vanessa, the couple who manage the place are quite conscientious. The second is that the central location makes it easy to navigate to most of the key attractions in San Diego.

    Don't let its proximity to SDSU throw you. We didn't get the impression that there were keggers in all the other rooms. But try to come back to the hotel by 11PM because the parking lot fills up and you don't want to be squeezed between two party-hearty SUVs. The rooms themselves are clean albeit cheaply furnished with a somewhat dated feel to them. You can get a discounted rate that hovers around $100 per night on a non-holiday weekend, and they do book quickly.

    17/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    37. Claudia A.
    I was in need of a last minute hotel and this fit the bill. The hotel is located in a nice areas. The room was really clean and included all amenities. The continental breakfast was better than I expected (muffins, toast, eggs, waffles, apple & orange juice coffee, etc). Yum! The only problem I found was the parking lot. I feel it's too small. Other than that, I had a great experience.

    22/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    38. Karla F.
    Front Desk was helpful, pool area extremely clean, parking limited, good breakfast, helpful caring staff, great value. Would stay there again, no question about it. Not too far from Downtown, stayed here for a comicon event and the front desk gave us driving routes to avoid traffic which were so helpful. I was hesitant to book this hotel as a surprise getaway since my boyfriend can be a bit of a "hotel snob", but considering it was comicon weekend, this was the most affordable hotel with the best rates and highest ratings. We were both very comfortable and satisfied staying here.

    04/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    39. Regina E.
    I was pleasantly happy and very proud of myself when we drove into the parking lot!  I found this BW Lamplighter Inn on AAA.com .  I am grateful!  The room was spacious & clean.  It offers free parking & free wifi...and free continental breakfast!  I will definately come back to this Inn the next time I am in the area!!

    19/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    40. Kim H.
    We spent the night here over the weekend & even brought our pup! Dogs under 50 lbs are allowed. For the discounted rate and full satisfaction, I am glad we chose to stay here. At first, I wasn't sold when we drove in to check in. But after staying here, I would come here again. The manager was warm & friendly & recommended the sushi place a block away which was uh-amazing!! The rooms are right there which are convenient to take doggy out for potty. We missed the breakfast cause we slept in a little. Bed was just right & a bit firm for my weak back surrounded by marshmallow pillows. Clean room & safe area. About 20 minutes to shopping & whatnot but liquor stores and lil shops nearby. Only downfall was being able to hear our next door neighbor.

    05/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    41. Scott W.
    The only reason this doesn't get a four is it is an older building that every sound enters the room including the pool pump cycling on and off which doesn't help staying asleep. Seldom have I encountered a staff as congenial and helpful as the folks here.  I was only here for one night but ran in to several of the staff and they were all great.  The continental breakfast was open right on time with hot coffee.  Included was the waffle maker.  Later on I went back for a coffee refill and it was wall to wall.  The morning desk clerk mentioned they were soon going to take out a room to add to the breakfast area. My room itself was spacious in in good repair.  Because it was summer break at SDSU I got a killer deal on a ground floor room with a full kitchen.  The carpet had some stains and the older style wood work in the kitchen showed some wear from constant cleaning but overall it was in better shape than my apt which is about the same age.

    23/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    42. Carol W.
    Very clean and great service! Stayed four nights...  never had an issue with noise. Great service, everyone was very friendly and helpful in directing us to where we needed to be. (First time in San Diego...  from the East Coast) Will stay here again!

    04/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    43. Rae O.
    We were here over the Labor Day Weekend. We loved this place. It's humongous but you feel like royalty. Rooms were great, nice and clean, elevators were FAST, and the staff was very friendly all around.

    25/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    44. jim p.
    Nice room, fair price.
    The pool was clean, and heated.  Nice breakfast with waffles/cereal/etc.
    Not great insulation, so if someone is loud nearby you know it.  
    Nice beds, nice TV, clean sheets and towels....I'll book again!

    03/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    45. Kari O.
    We attended a concert at USDS and needed a dog friendly hotel that was close by.
    This hotel was very clean and customer service oriented.  The staff was friendly. We were reluctant and pleasantly surprised.  I would recommend this hotel.

    26/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    46. Dennis L.
    A bit dated maybe but very nice still. Great location and very friendly staff. Some lobby construction going on during my visit. Propably business center as there were only two terminals there exclusively for printing boarding passes also no free wi fi that I could find. Great beds and pillows.

    10/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    47. Shannon D.
    Great service! I had originally booked a room with Super 8, but when I called them the night before they told me I had to be 21 or over to book a room there... but I had that reservation for weeks, and they didn't bothering telling me this info? In a panic, I called this Best Western at around midnight, asking if they would accept me, even though I'm only 18. She said "Of course! Why wouldn't we?" and when I explained to her what Super 8 did, she was appalled. Within minutes we had a room booked for me, and she was so sweet and kind the whole time. The next day, I show up to check in, and the man at the desk informs me that I got a free room upgrade from a standard room to a room with a full kitchen. Now I had a way to reheat my Domino's Pizza that I had brought along. He joked that "it cost me one pizza" :P
    The room itself was very clean, and the kitchen was awesome! Came with a full size fridge and stove, and sink and a cupboard full of plates and cups.
    The next morning, I enjoyed the free breakfast. There was plenty to choose from, from cereal, to oatmeal, to toast, to waffles, and to fruit and more.
    They were super helpful at the front desk as well. I asked the man if he knew how to purchase a day pass for the bus system in San Diego, and he asked some people for me, and looked up online the numbers I need to call.
    Later on, I saw him again on campus, and as we passed he asked if I made it on the bus alright. Its nice knowing he remembered and cared about me. All in all, great service, and would definitely stay here again! I'm glad I didn't stay at Super 8.

    17/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0