Stayed at both and the Luxury Inn is just as good or slightly better and the rooms are bigger. The other small advantage of L.I. is it's one traffic light and a right turn onto the freeway ramp for Copper vice 3 lights and a left turn for Super 8.
Alright, that got my attention, and I'm afraid this trip just moved from the "super cheap" category to "moderately low budget"....
I don't think the dark or the stairs would bother me too much, but the more I think about it, the idea of spending five nights in a room full of whippersnappers coming in late and/or drunk, rowdy, and stumbling around, honestly sounds pretty miserable (and I'd probably make them just as miserable, getting up at the crack of dawn all excited about the day ahead). So I went ahead and booked Mon-Fri night at the Super 8 for now, with free cancellation right up until the day before check-in. Then I'll see what the rate is at the Luxury Inn when they start accepting reservations for that week. Right now, according to their website, their least expensive rate for that period will be $64.95. So those of you who have stayed at BOTH the Super 8 and the Luxury Inn, is there any reason to spend $5 more per night for the Super 8?
Anyway, if anybody sees some local promotion for cheap weekday/winter lodging in the area, please keep me in mind and let me know!