Located just off Highway 13 and about a 5-minute drive from Chesapeake's city centre, the Econo Lodge Chesapeake is geared towards road travellers who require a centrally located and economical hotel with easy access to the highway and a free breakfast.
Each of the hotel's air-conditioned guest rooms comes equipped with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a desk and a hair dryer. Rooms with a microwave and mini-fridge are also available, as are wheelchair-accessible rooms.
The hotel also offers a free breakfast, free parking and a business centre. Pets are not permitted.
Midway Shopping Center is roughly a 5-minute walk from the hotel, while Chesapeake Conference Center is a 7-minute drive away. The Naval Medical Center can be found about 15 minutes away by car and Norfolk International Airport (ORF) is a 20-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets not permitted, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: September 30, 2013)
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with compliments going to the hotel's rates, rooms and location.
Numerous reviewers praised the hotel's rates, describing them as affordable, budget friendly, reasonable and inexpensive. One patron noted, "The room rate was very good for the area and breakfast was included".
Several lodgers were satisfied with the hotel's accommodations. They described their rooms as clean, spacious, quiet and well equipped, with comfortable beds and good air conditioning. It should be noted, however, that some travellers were disappointed with their lodgings (see below).
The hotel's location was also enjoyed by some guests. They found it close to restaurants, highway access, shopping and a gas station. A few reviewers were disappointed with the hotel's location, however (see below).
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were some common complaints about the rooms, the breakfast and the location.
Although several guests were satisfied with their clean and comfortable rooms, some reviewers criticized their accommodations. They reported worn fixtures and decor, cigarette odours in non-smoking rooms, bathrooms in need of renovations and noise transfer from guests in adjacent rooms.
The hotel's breakfast was a source of disappointment for some patrons. They described it as limited, basic and sparse, with pre-packaged food.
Although some guests enjoyed the hotel's proximity to the highway and restaurants, a few reviewers complained about the hotel's location. They described it as sketchy, and also recommended the hotel only for those with a vehicle, as there was very little within walking distance.
Hotels.com guest reviews rated the hotel 3.4 out of 5 from 54 reviews
guest reviews rated the hotel 3.5 out of 5 with an 85% recommendation rate from 52 reviews.
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #31 of 42 Chesapeake hotels with an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 from 21 reviews.
The author called the hotel on September 30, 2013 to verify some information.