Join the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and the new Quality Inn – Escondido as they celebrate the Grand Opening of their location with an official Ribbon Cutting ceremony, Monday, September 16, 3–3:30 p.m. at 501-505 West Mission Ave.
Quality Inn Escondido Downtown is the former Mt. Vernon Inn and many businesspeople are thrilled to have the experience and expertise of Quality Inn behind this project.
The Times-Advocate spoke to Ralph Felsinger, general manager, who said the company spent $1 million on upgrading the property with many new amenities, including a new lobby.
The property was for many years occupied by the Mount Vernon Inn, which in recent decades fell into disrepair and attracted a bad element. “With the help of the city we cleaned it up,” said Felsinger. “The owner signed up to bring in new Quality Inn. We made it a nice franchise so we can choose a better clientele.”
The 82 medium-priced rooms (75 of which are operational right now) are all upgraded and with brand new furniture. Quality Inn is a subsidiary of Choice Hotels, which also operates Comfort Inns, which are a step below from Quality Inns, and Comfort Suites, which are a step above. The new facility offers free breakfasts, microwaves, mini-fridges, free WiFi and express check in and check out. There is also a swimming pool, with plans to add a gym in the future.
Felsinger is a veteran hospitality manager who has 39 years in the industry and has done three hotel openings in the U.S.