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« Reply #90 on: July 10, 2014, 05:36:56 PM »
This is related to my comment about my parents eschewing nice hotels.  A few years ago, my husband and kids and I were taking a road trip and planned to stop in Edmonton, Alberta for the night.  We got a flat tire, and it took so long to fix, Edmonton was no longer feasible for that day.  The next nearest place was Jasper, a well-known tourist spot in the Rocky Mountains.   We decided to stay there instead.  The hotel we found wasn't exactly cheap, but it wasn't horrendously expensive, either (about another $30 more per night than the other hotels we'd stayed at on that trip).   It was a cool, rainy evening, and we found a cozy Greek restaurant for dinner, followed by an equally welcoming bakery for dessert.  All in all, it was the highlight of the trip.

When I told Dad about our unplanned stop in Jasper, he was horrified.  "That place?  It's a tourist trap!  They must have robbed you blind!  Why didn't you just grit your teeth and keep driving to Edmonton?"  "It wasn't that bad price-wise, Dad, and we had a lovely time."  "How much was it?"  "$xxx for the night."  "What?!?   Are you out of your mind?"

See, my DH has an entirely different view of that type of situation. He told my father that he felt staying at a hotel was much more convenient and economical than a hospital. He then added that exhausted drivers sometimes cause accidents.


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« Reply #91 on: July 10, 2014, 06:12:00 PM »
The worst place I ever stayed  from a health standpoint, was the H@liday Inn in a town in southeast. Ontario.

Now, the hotel in general wasn't too bad. In fact, it has a quite large indoor pool. That led to the problem; apparently one room got the ventilation coming up from the pool, leading to an unhealthy buildup of chlorine in the room.

Many hoteliers would have simply given up on renting the room. But the owners here decided to put in a sort of industrial air purifier to clean the chlorine out. Unfortunately, the sound of this huge piece of equipment (it was about as big as a standard fridge) was around the level of a departing jet airliner. So, the unfortunate inhabitant of the room had a choice of not sleeping due to the noise  or reenacting the Battle of Ypres overnight.

When I checked out the next morning I told them I was truly horrified they'd put a paying customer in a room like that. I got a Trudeauesque shrug in return. But they have certainly lost me as a customer.
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« Reply #92 on: July 10, 2014, 08:02:37 PM »
In Seattle recently, there was a tragic drowning in a hotel pool.  The thing is, from the description of the pool, I can't believe anyone would ever, ever go in in the first place.  The water was almost opaque with chemicals, which hindered the rescue attempts because even someone deliberately searching for him couldn't find him so no one believed he was in there at all, much less down at the bottom.  The thing that would put this hotel on the don't ever stay there list is that apparently this (first the opaque water, and later the suspected victim) was known to the hotel staff, but they didn't close the pool.


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« Reply #93 on: July 10, 2014, 09:22:06 PM »
My Dad got stuck for the LONGEST time in the mindset that any hotel over $100/night was a 'ripoff'.
Given that even 'budget' chain motels in Australia average just over that these days... yeah.
I just book the hotels before we go anywhere, now, and refuse to let him have any input because he thinks that 'a bed and a shower and a working toilet' is all a person needs for a good night in a hotel.
... it might frighten them.


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« Reply #94 on: July 11, 2014, 10:57:21 AM »
StarDrifter, apparently we have the same dad!

I don't look for a Hilton or anything super-swanky when I travel - not because I wouldn't want to stay there, but because I simply can't afford it.  I do, however, insist on cleanliness, safety, and no irritating noises that will keep us awake.

One time when my parents and I were on a trip, we stayed at a motel that had a large mass of - something - on the outside wall.  My parents thought it was ivy.  It was bats.  Luckily, we all went "Cool!" instead of "Eek!".   :D


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« Reply #95 on: July 11, 2014, 11:06:38 AM »
The Sands Motel in some small, coastal South Texas town. I refused to sleep touching any of the bed's heavily stained, unwashed surfaces -- I was tightly tucked in a couple of beach towels with what looked like a reasonably clean bathroom towel between the hotel pillow and mine from home. The bathroom was absolutely falling apart, bugs everywhere, terrifying noises all night, and dirt and sticky stuff on every surface. The smell of smoke was everywhere. BF at the time was paying for it and seemed grossed out, too, but not enough to leave. He wasn't exactly a neat freak, and it wasn't exactly a romantic getaway.


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« Reply #96 on: July 11, 2014, 11:32:05 AM »
DH and I went on a calamitous weekend for our anniversary a few years ago.  The hotel looked nice online and our room was clean and decent.  It was on a hill so when we went to the pool, it was on a steep angle.  There was a difference of a foot of water from one corner of the shallow end.  We were the only guests due to the hotel being across the street from a notorious dive bar (we did not know) and if you climbed down from the parking lot, you would find yourself in a 24 hour Big Blue Box Store.


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« Reply #97 on: July 11, 2014, 12:02:39 PM »
My sister and brother in law are insurance catastrophic claims adjusters, and they live in hotels for a long time while deployed to areas that have had a storm.

They are currently at an extended stay hotel that has no smoking signs everywhere. The people in the room next to them are smoking a substance daily that is not tobacco and the hotel won't do anything. They are trying to find somewhere else to move to in a small area, with no luck.

After they move, I'll post the name and location.