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Old 05-12-2012, 08:55 PM
 
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Has anyone ever stayed at or drove by these hotel in Thornton, Denver or Aurora? If so are they pretty decent? That's where me and my 15 year plan on staying when we relocate until we can find a place to live.
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:14 AM
 
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Lower end of the category, just keep your expectations low. I think they are so low on the price/quality scale it lowers the quality of people staying in the building with you. Amenities and public spaces are pretty poor, but the roms work so it can hold you over.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:02 AM
 
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TripAdvisor is your friend. Crossland in Thornton gets horrible reviews. Aurora and Denver not much better.

The Ramada Hotel & Suites in Englewood might be in your price range, but might be geographically too far south for you. Ramadas can sometimes be hidden values, because their brand is pretty much off the radar, but they do have at least some brand standards.

The LaQuinta brand is also in this range - the one in Aurora gets good reviews and you may be able to negotiate rates by calling the hotel.

Another advantage of going with a branded hotel like Ramada or LaQuinta is that you can join their frequent stay program, and with the number of nights you are staying, you'll accumulate points for several free nights for a future vacation or other uses.

Candlewood Suites is part of Intercontinental (Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express) - if you can afford them, the points you accumulate there could be used at a huge number of hotels worldwide. The Candlewood in the Tech Center gets at least reasonable reviews.

You have to make the decision about which is most important to you - price or perception of cleanliness and safety. The problem with most of the cheapest extended stay places is that, well, they're cheap, thereby attracting a huge amount of riff-raff.
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:40 PM
 
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Oh great insight thanks. I was wondering because they are so cheap and affordable and of course the pictures look good online but I figure they probably don't look the same in person.
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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TripAdvisor is your friend. Crossland in Thornton gets horrible reviews.
"They don't even provide shampoo, just a horrible bar of cheap hotel soap. They make a big deal about the kitchenette, but who really needs electric burners and pots and pans in their dinky hotel room... There's a coffee-maker, but no creamer or sugar... No hairdryer. No nothing."

Why is it that people stay in a cheap crap hotel, and then expect it to have all the amenities of a first class hotel? DOH, you get what you pay for. Pay an extra $100 a night for a room and they throw in a a nicer bar of soap, a little 25-cent bottle of shampoo/conditioner and all the little 1-cent packs of creamer or sugar, you want. With the money I could save one night, I could buy a years supply of all of these things, and a hairdryer.

That said, that particular hotel does sound pretty nasty. I'd probably avoid it, unless I was really desperate.
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:05 AM
 
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I worked for a sister property of this corporation. Stay away from Extended Stay hotels, crosslands, homesteads, extended stay america, etc. They ultimately lure in undesirable clientel. You get what you pay for.
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