Stay at this El Centro hotel ideally situated 14 miles north of the Mexican border in the Imperial Valley of California. The Best Western® El Centro Inn is conveniently located near the border crossing at Mexicali and five miles south of the Imperial Valley Airport. Hotel guests will have easy access to NAF El Centro, home of the famous Blue Angels, Glammis Sun Dunes and the beautiful beaches of Mexico. Each spacious room features free high-speed Internet access, refrigerators, microwaves and other thoughtful amenities to make any stay comfortable. Hotel guests at this John Jay Inn will enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast featuring a selection of fresh fruits and cereals. This El Centro hotel prides itself on providing friendly, personal service. Make an online reservation today at the Best Western® El Centro Inn today!
First time staying here for business. The hotel is located right off Highway 8. It is next to Panda Express and In n Out Burger. Bought some basic meds and fresh fruit at Lucky market across the street. Front desk staff was friendly and the reservation was in order upon arrival. The room was spacious, very clean with lots of amenities: Desk with multiple plugs, comfortable bed, refrigerator, etc. The included breakfast was standard fare but actually really good...excellent sausages, omelette with fresh peppers, and good coffee. Plenty of parking and a small but nice pool - great to have because the weather can get hot! I was traveling alone and had room 113 a few steps down the hall from the front desk and felt very safe. Vending machines available close to the front desk with water, sodas, chips, etc are very convenient. The only negatives were that the room was pretty dark, and the bed pillows were like little boulders. Will take my own little travel-size My Pillow next time, but will definitely stay here again.
Nice place with inside corridors, friendly staff, free water, medium size pool, hot tub with strong jets, and free breakfast, which wasn't bad as hotel breakfasts go. I really appreciated that they printed my receipt and emailed it without me having to ask.
Clean rooms with refrigerator, microwave. The breakfast had good selection of breakfast items for all. Restaurants within walking distance and hotel located right near freeway. The internet was not available at times, but overall ok.
The first room we have smelled like cigarettes, so they changed our room in that one just smelled bad. In the morning we went down to breakfast the eggs looks so awful, I think they were probably reheated from the day or two before. And the waffles were the best part of the stay.Do yourself a favor and stay somewhere else.
The hotel is fine, clean and roomy , only down side was the breakfast , the eggs were inedible sausage was so so , parking and noise level was acceptable.the staff were friendly Ane even though our check in was a trainee she was very presentable
We started our trip home to Wisconsin from San Diego later than we had planned on a Thursday evening. We were happy to find a nice Best Western when we couldn't travel any further. The staff were helpful and understanding.
After traveling 3 days, my husband and I needed a good night's sleep before opening up our vacation home the next day. As always, we were greeted immediately upon our arrival and given a lovely room. We stay at Best Western Hotels on a regular basis when we travel and love the clean, friendly atmosphere and the great breakfast! We always know what to expect!
Best Western has definitely invested in modernization and upgrade of their motels. It shows so well in appearance and room amenities. Very clearly the staff are given incentives for performance and attitude. This makes the stay very pleasant and effortless. Highly recommended.
The manager is always willing to help with any issues with billing, checkout or just making you feel welcome. All staff members greet you with a smile and go out of their way to make sure your stay is an enjoyable one. Rooms are clean and neat, great value. I travel a lot for business and have found that the Best Wester team of Hotels are one of the best value for the buck. If and when I have had an issue it was cleared up ASAP (not in many instances have I encountered problems). It's nice to know the staff has your back. We as business travelers have a lot of options out there so try one of the Best Western chains and see what you think, I'm hooked.
Stayed a night, very nice. Excellent breakfast with no wait and amazing quality and selection and Ihop is in same parking lot with 20min wait. We we're down here for the lights festival and for the price it was an excellent choice. Even In N Out in the same parking lot.
Good location off Highway 8 with complimentary breakfast, clean rooms, refrigerator and microwave in each room, and several fast food restaurants adjacent to the hotel. The In-N-Out and Panda Express are within a 2 minute walk, and both offer excellent food that can be taken back to your hotel room. There is a iHop restaurant that offers more menu selections.
This hotel offers great rooms, it is clean,and offers a yummy breakfast, if you don't have time they offer a bag to go with fruit, breakfast bar and water. I highly recommend BW. If you join Bw you can get all types of awards for free nights which helps if you travel a lot. The staff is fantastic always there to help and greet you. I give this hotel an A+.
I came here on business and at arrival was greeted with friendly smiles and wonderful service. Easy access from I-8 and all local amenities. I paid a little more for a room than I wanted to but hey you get what you pay for. Check it out.
The King bed suite was roomy and clean. Check in and out was fast and friendly. It was the closest Best Western to where I was working, so it was the best option available. Thank you for the great stay!
We were in town to visit relatives and decided to save money by staying here I stead of on recommended by a family member. Upon check in I inspected the beds and both had to be changed. I really don't think that they were changed from the previous guest. We saw spots on them. I also noticed that the new sheets were creased from the folds. The bathroom was awkward. The sink was located outside of the bathroom which promotes filthy door handles. They have also placed a door length mirror on the inside of the bathroom door so you can see yourself struggle on the toilet. The shower curtain was dirty. There is a heat lamp in the bathroom and I don't know why. It's so freaking hot WHY on earth would you need a heat lamp. The towels were dingy and the room refrigerator rocked because it wasn't balanced. We put a piece of cardboard under it to help stabilize it. Parking was not good although we felt like we hit the jackpot getting one by the door and not over at IHOP. We purposefully ate at IHOP so we didn't have to move the car.
Easy highway on and off. The hotel exterior is a little different but, the Lobby is very nice, rooms are clean, bed is super comfy and set up for the business traveler if needed. The front desk is very nice and helpful. They have a nice pool and a gym with a treadmill, elliptical, weight stations and a stationary bike, and shower if needed. It is walking distance to the IHOP, Panda Express and In-N-Out and Sunway and Lucky grocery store. It is about 30 minutes from the border also.
One of the nicer ones in the area and definitely the best value. A comparable hotel the next street over was going to cost me $70 more and was just as clean and comfortable. I stayed up both, BW wins.
I always enjoy this hotel as there are many in the area. I find the staff to all be very caring and concerned about your stay. They go out of there way to please and help you feel at home. If a problem arises they are there to fix it. The rooms very clean and comfortable.Very nice. I highly recommend this hotel to those who care about quality
Rooms are clean, bed is comfortable, it's quiet. Breakfast was good, quite a variety of breakfast foods. Many restaurants in walking distance. Easy in and out off the freeway 8. A.C worked well, it was hot!
Everything was great except the indian guy who asked me and my best friend where we were going after he looked at our tatoos as if we were loitering. I dont think you should discrimante based off of tattoos.
Excellent service, friendly and helpful staff and great room. The only downside is the awful, broken asphalt entry (which may be city owned). Enjoyed the stay. I recommend the hotel and ALL Best Western Hotels for decent, reasonably priced accommodations.
It was a decent location for my short business trip. Hotel above average overall. Staff was friendly during check in and check out. Bed was uncomfortable, but I only stayed one night. I will stay here next time.
We stayed here President's Weekend, which is usually a busy weekend in the southwest desert. Our room was ready, clean and the staff was very welcoming. The breakfast is very good and the staff is quick to refill as needed. We like the location, close to the freeway (but not too close) and close to the mall.
Great clean rooms. Friendly staff. Bathrooms are small but the rooms are large enough for an overnight stay. Breakfast was hot, waffle iron makes great waffles. Small choice on danish, but I was disappointed with no bran muffin
This hotel is in a poor area of California right near the Mexico border but it is clean, comfortable, and fresh looking. I really like the floor tiles. It is just far enough from the freeway to be relatively free from the noise. It has a great In and Out Burger right next door with is very nice!
Checked it at 9:45pm and there was a party going on in the lobby you could hear form my room, 11:30 party still going, 12:30am call to front desk and was lied to "oh they're guest checking in for the night" 1:30 call to front desk - more lies! 3:45 noise finally stopped. 2 hour of sleep for $80+ dollars - what a ripoff.
This is one of the most pleasant properties I have stayed in. The staff is the greatest asset they are all Owsome! The AC was a little noisy but worked well. Loved the peppers in the scrambled eggs in the morning!
I travel all over CA for work, and I often stay at BW because of their consistent quality. I often work in El Centro, and the John Jay Inn there wins for my favorite BW. The staff is fantastic and they always take great care of me and my colleagues. The rooms have been recently remodeled, so everything looks new, and they're always clean.
I got a good room near the ice and vending machines and near the front desk. I travel alone and safety is always on my mind. My accommodations were comfortable, clean, and relaxing. I felt safe. The location was close to restaurants, gas stations, and the interstate highway.
Wonderful place clean rooms courteous and cordial staff excellent breakfast items eggs and tomatoes were awesome I travel a lot this place was one of these nicest along Interstate 8 in California I didn't have truck parking but they accommodated me I really appreciate that
The room smell like cigarettes the air doesn't work burned up all Nite all the plugins are wore out !! The water pressure is terrible for 160 Dollars a nite I expected better .. Will never stay here again .. Plus there internet is messed up
The John Jay is a very nice hotel. The pool is awesome! They just need to stock pool towels. They didn't have any. The hotel was going through a frontal renovation and when it is completed it will be beautiful. Breakfast was good. This Best Western was consistent with the brand. I would return if in the area
I stay here almost every month for one or two nights each visit. The General Manager, Alex and receptionist, Vanessa are always great. My room is ready even if I need to check in early. The hotel is close to restaurants and the mall. The hotel rooms are very nice and the front desk area, etc have been totally freshened up...new paint, tile, carpets, etc. The outside is currently being remodeled and already looks great.
Stayed in a room with two queen beds. The room has a terrible layout. The table is so close to the dresser and microwave stand as to be almost impossible to get into the charts. Also if you are at the table you cannot watch the TV as the other chair blocks it. As far as any work at the table the closet plug is behind the dresser and there is no light that shines on the table. The closest light is in the other corner of the room. if you need to do work in the hotel room or want to sit someplace other than on the bed to watch the TV you should stay at any hotel in the area other than the Best Western John Jay Inn. I would suggest the Holiday Inn Express in Calexico or any of the hotels Marriott properties or Holiday Inn in El Centro. I had thought maybe a king room would be better but the person at the front desk would not move me even though rooms were available.
I've stayed at this hotel several times and have not been disappointed. Rooms are clean, updated and staff is friendly. The complimentary breakfast was more than just pastry. I would recommend for anyone traveling to El Centro, CA.
This is an easy get on and off the freeway location. There is an IHOP out front if you don't want the hotel breakfast or wake up too late. There is also an In-N-Out right next to it for other quick bites. I like Best Westerns. They are affordable and do what they can to be consistent in comfort and cleanliness. This one was being remodeled on the outside when I was there, but the rooms were nice. I slept great in the bed, and I am pretty picky. The sheets were a bit thread-bare and the towels were scratchy. I was only there one night, so no big deal. I was in a downstairs room and was very happy with the room size. The breakfast included more of a huevos rancheros than just plain scrambled eggs or the egg rounds. They had sausage and potatoes as well as the usual waffles, yogurt, pastries and fruit.
El Centro isn't exactly a destination for recreation, but I teach here several times a year and always stay at this Best Western. They are in the process of remodeling it and even before it was in pretty good shape. The staff is very helpful and friendly and the rooms are quiet and comfortable. The only thing I wish the place had was an external electrical plug so I could charge up my Chevy Volt over night.
This hotel provides a good value - nice size room and friendly front desk staff. But be prepared for a slow and spotty wifi connection. Also, the TV connection would not stay on. When we mentioned it to the front desk, they said that they were in the midst of changing the service provider, but who knows? Good hotel when passing through El Centro.
While traveling from Arizona to San Diego, we stayed here and was very satisfied with the service and comfort of the room. Even though there was construction going on the hotel, we had a very comfortable night. Parking wasn't the greatest because most of the area was fenced off.
I enjoyed my stay for the money I spent. if any one is interested to stay in a clean hotel with good customer service with hot breakfast for affordable money consider this hotel.. El Centro is located in dusty desert imperial county. the hotel is located near inter sate 8 with is access. I can cross to Mexico with fifteen minuets. and come back to the hotel.
I decided to take my wife along on this trip and it worked out very well. I have stayed at many hotels in my years and I would have to rate this as one of the best. I will be returning to Best Western John Jay Inn, El Centro.
Good hotel for the price. The room was nice and had all the amenities you would need. Served a nice breakfast in the morning. Easy to get to from the freeway and walking distance to places to eat and a supermarket
I have stayed at this hotel a few times during business trips and found it the be very clean and the staff very helpful and friendly. I would definitely recommend this place to other travelers. Keep up the good work.
Hellooooooo Weary Travelers, I recently stayed at the Best Western hotel in El Centro California while on business. The room was roomy,nicely furnished,even a table and chairs to play board games,the room had everything, Great AC n Heater,roomy bathroom, big comfortable bed,nice flat screen TV, WI fi,coffee maker,pure convininence, Now there was NO water pressure in shower,and the chairs for the table were to awkward bulky to comfortably move around and sit at table ,they were not meant for table in room,the room was quiet to sleep in,plenty of parking but only 2 handicap parking spaces in front of hotel.There is No Restaurant in hotel as advertised on line,only a small room for the continental breakfast. The hotel personnel are Tops, Customer service Excellent.
We arrived late in the evening and were hoping to find a comfortable rest for a pair of seniors. The hotel fulfilled this requirement. In the morning, we were refreshed and enjoyed a full breakfast before continuing on our way.
A big, beautiful room, that seems to have been designed with the Americans with Disabilities Act in mind; it is well decorated with modern furnishings including a wall-mounted flat-panel TV, a dormitory-size fridge, and a small microwave. There is plenty of room to work and relax. The free “High-Speed Internet” is adequate to the task. The bathroom door swings outward into the guest room foyer (good) and the bathroom itself is large. There is a separate switch to activate the overhead heat lamp (good), but only a single switch to operate both the exhaust fan and the ceiling light (not good). Oddly, neither pad nor pen are provided. The in-room coffee choices are limited to either one cup of regular coffee or one cup of decaf. The sink is off-centered in the countertop making it necessary to place the coffee maker in an awkward position between the narrow space between the sink and the only electrical outlet (photo included). The pillow-top mattress was a welcome perk that offset the startling, mournful wail of a train horn blowing at 10:45 p.m. Breakfast was slightly better than Continental as there were Southwestern-style scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, and (overcooked) sausage links along with the cold cereal, coffee and the ubiquitous waffle maker. There was a nice assortment of hot teas available. For those who would prefer additional breakfast options, there is an IHOP restaurant right in front of the hotel. The room seemed a bit pricey for a regular Best Western (not a Best Western Plus or Premier) and I was surprised to learn that the hotel was a Comfort Inn & Suites in its previous incarnation.
This hotel had mixed reviews so I was not expecting too much. I found the accommodations nicer than anticipated and the staff was friendly. The hotel was clean, Comfortable and great for a 1 night stay. Did not try breakfast as this hotel is next door to IHOP.
I stay at the John Jay Inn at least one night a month. Once in a while I stay at another hotel but always come back to the John Jay. The people are great and the area is close to restaurants and shopping.
Cold and tired, I pulled off the interstate to find a room in El Centro. I'd had my fill of Best Western, but the smartphone apps showed enough spread in local rates thatI thought I'd at least check it out. It was good, but had to call BW Reservations from the parking lot to book it room. Ok,whatever. So after all that I unloaded my motorcycle and took the elevator upstairs. I was exhausted and ready to rest in a decent room at an affordable price. Get upstair and the door to the room is unlatched. I walked into an uncleaned room. Bed was messed, garbage in the trashes... That was the end of my loyalty to Best Western. I've worked in high pressure hotels, and for the extra few bucks I think it's time to go back to IHG as my go-to hotel.
I spent five nights here on business. The room was fine - they gave me a corner room upstairs, and it was nice. Breakfast was fine. But the front desk staff were hard to spot and seemed more interested in their portable electronics than me. Finally, my last night one employee said "good evening". Otherwise, I went in and out with out any acknowledgement - hope they are tracking whose on their property! And the wi-fi, while fine the first night, was pretty non-functional the rest of the week. Just too much traffic on what I think is a low-budget service. For the business traveler, that is just unacceptable. My next trip to El Centro, I'll be looking at some other options.
I arrived for a three day stay only to find out they had lost all reservations from this summer. Had to find a last minute place that cost me as much for one night as my reservation was for 3. Manager made poor attempt to make things right. Staff was nice but Management is lacking in business skills
I stay at this Best Western Hotel approximately 1 or 2 nights per month. I frequently request an early check in and the manager makes sure this happens. The rooms are very nice, clean and modern. All of the employees are friendly. The hotel is centrally located with restaurants, gas stations and malls nearby.
We stayed at this hotel in the month of August which can be one of the hottest months in this part of California. We had some idea of the area but were not certain of the quality of the various motels that are situated at this Highyway 8 hub in the Imperial Valley. This hotel was a bit more pricey than others but it was worth the cost in order to have a clean and comfortable stay for our visit. It is easy to access from the highway, there are several fast food places within walking distance and a grocery store across the way which makes it ideal for those who are on a long road trip and just want to hunker down and rest.
Of all the hotels in Imperial County, this is one of them. The amenities are adequate, rooms are spacious, clean, cool and quiet. The dining area is a bit small compared to other BW's I've stayed at, but I still always manage to get a seat. Decent restaurants in the same parking lot is a plus.
I only had to spend one night in the hotel. The room looked clean, but it was one of those places where when you check under the bed to see if you forgot anything, you realize that they do not clean as well as you might hope. It is easy access on and off the freeway. The breakfast is pretty basic. I am a big fan of Best Westerns, this one was not one of my favs. The iron in my room didn't work, but we had family members in other rooms, so they brought me one of theirs.
This hotel is less than 10 minutes from the Mexican boarder crossing. The hotel is really clean with acceptable service. The internet is very slow and unreliable. The free internet computer is far out of day running windows XP, this was also unreliable.
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