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Re: s/o Never Shopping - I'm never STAYING there again!!
« Reply #75 on: July 06, 2014, 11:08:25 AM »
It's the first night of a prepaid weeks stay, 2:43 am and the alarm goes off at 6:30 am so we can get in a full day's work.

Everything in this room causes me discomfort.  The chairs cut off circulation in my legs because they are designed for people taller than me.  The desk is so high to the non-adjustable chair that this laptop is 4 inches below my chin.  The tiny little refrigerator thing makes noise for 10 minutes, doesn't make noise for 3 minutes, then makes noise for 10 minutes again.  The room heater, which doesn't seem to be adjustable, but luckily is set to a reasonable temperature, runs for 3 minutes then turns off for 10 minutes.  Yes, just as one turns off, the other one starts. 

We'll see if I adjust to the room by the end of the stay.

If you have a smart phone, download the white noise app (free) and you have your choice of sounds and a timer you can set for them to shut off. It helps a lot when we have noise beyond our control at home.

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« Reply #76 on: July 06, 2014, 03:50:33 PM »
The Rocca Dorada hotel in Sardinia

Our room had a moldy shower curtain and the whole building, while supposedly a 3-stars hotel, generally looked run-down and badly maintained.

What really did it for us was the way they treated their staff:
- they would barely feed them (when hotel guests caught on, we started ordering extra croissants at breakfast and giving them to them on the sly, it was that bad)
- their rooms were extremely small and with leaking roofs
- at lunch they had to eat with the guests' children, which meant working through lunch and barely having time to eat at all!
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« Reply #77 on: July 07, 2014, 01:37:11 AM »

Call the front desk. This is why they have maintenance staff.
Not every hotel has maintainance on duty at 2:43 am. Or after 4:30 pm for that matter.
Yes,  I know- I work in a hotel.

But a) He doesn't know unless he calls.
        B) Even if there is none he can let the front desk know so that they can alert maintenance right when they come in- and also get it documented.
         C) If the front desk clerk says something like "room 3351? Yeah we have lots of complaints about the heating system" he can request a room move in the AM.

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« Reply #78 on: July 07, 2014, 10:45:26 AM »
DH and I decided to go to the Poconos in Pennsylvania since neither of us had ever been.  I reserved the hotel on-line and the pictures were very nice.  When we arrived and went to check in we were asked if we wanted to see the room first.  This was very unusual, we've never been asked that before.   Good thing we took them up on their offer - the room was awful!  It had red carpeting glued to the walls and a heart shaped tub in the middle of the room with something moldy looking growing in it.  There was also a musty smell about the place.  When we got back down to the front desk there was nobody there so we just left the key and ended up staying at a chain hotel nearby

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« Reply #79 on: July 08, 2014, 03:26:54 AM »
DH and I decided to go to the Poconos in Pennsylvania since neither of us had ever been.  I reserved the hotel on-line and the pictures were very nice.  When we arrived and went to check in we were asked if we wanted to see the room first.  This was very unusual, we've never been asked that before.   Good thing we took them up on their offer - the room was awful!  It had red carpeting glued to the walls and a heart shaped tub in the middle of the room with something moldy looking growing in it.  There was also a musty smell about the place.  When we got back down to the front desk there was nobody there so we just left the key and ended up staying at a chain hotel nearby
interesting - my now-ex-husband used to drive me crazy checking out rooms before we checked in. we always stayed at chains, and usually at mid-high range hotels, but there was always "something" that bothered him (it wasn't every a problem with the room like mold or soemthing but it was too close to the ice machine, above the A/C units, near this, too far from that, and he would end up following the poor clerk to half a dozen rooms before picking the perfect room). I never checked a room before i checked in - i always assumed that if things were *that* bad, i would just uncheck-in. However, i was watching one of those hotel makeover programs and the guy said you should *always* check out the room before check in.

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« Reply #80 on: July 09, 2014, 03:12:58 AM »
DH and I decided to go to the Poconos in Pennsylvania since neither of us had ever been.  I reserved the hotel on-line and the pictures were very nice.  When we arrived and went to check in we were asked if we wanted to see the room first.  This was very unusual, we've never been asked that before.   Good thing we took them up on their offer - the room was awful!  It had red carpeting glued to the walls and a heart shaped tub in the middle of the room with something moldy looking growing in it.  There was also a musty smell about the place.  When we got back down to the front desk there was nobody there so we just left the key and ended up staying at a chain hotel nearby

When we lived outside Philadelphia DH and I laughed at the Poconos honeymoon hotels featuring heart shaped tubs and clear, champagne glass shaped tubs.  We figured we would slip climbing in or out and have our rear ends smooshed against the plexiglass for the perimedics to behold.

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« Reply #81 on: July 09, 2014, 03:49:02 PM »
DH and I decided to go to the Poconos in Pennsylvania since neither of us had ever been.  I reserved the hotel on-line and the pictures were very nice.  When we arrived and went to check in we were asked if we wanted to see the room first.  This was very unusual, we've never been asked that before.   Good thing we took them up on their offer - the room was awful!  It had red carpeting glued to the walls and a heart shaped tub in the middle of the room with something moldy looking growing in it.  There was also a musty smell about the place.  When we got back down to the front desk there was nobody there so we just left the key and ended up staying at a chain hotel nearby

When we lived outside Philadelphia DH and I laughed at the Poconos honeymoon hotels featuring heart shaped tubs and clear, champagne glass shaped tubs.  We figured we would slip climbing in or out and have our rear ends smooshed against the plexiglass for the perimedics to behold.

They were huge in the 70's and as I live in NJ, used to see commercials for them all the time. As a kid, I thought they were sooo very cool, but then they all closed down. I think a couple have been resurrected, complete with all the bells and whistles, and I would have the same fear as you, falling nekkid into one, and having to be rescued.

"Beautiful Mt. Airy Lodge...." Great, now that's stuck in my head.

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« Reply #82 on: July 09, 2014, 03:54:38 PM »
DH and I decided to go to the Poconos in Pennsylvania since neither of us had ever been.  I reserved the hotel on-line and the pictures were very nice.  When we arrived and went to check in we were asked if we wanted to see the room first.  This was very unusual, we've never been asked that before.   Good thing we took them up on their offer - the room was awful!  It had red carpeting glued to the walls and a heart shaped tub in the middle of the room with something moldy looking growing in it.  There was also a musty smell about the place.  When we got back down to the front desk there was nobody there so we just left the key and ended up staying at a chain hotel nearby

I suspect the clerk was embarrassed about that room, and knew most people would reject it.  But the manager/owner insists on taking reservations without fixing it up first.

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« Reply #83 on: July 09, 2014, 04:23:14 PM »
DH and I decided to go to the Poconos in Pennsylvania since neither of us had ever been.  I reserved the hotel on-line and the pictures were very nice.  When we arrived and went to check in we were asked if we wanted to see the room first.  This was very unusual, we've never been asked that before.   Good thing we took them up on their offer - the room was awful!  It had red carpeting glued to the walls and a heart shaped tub in the middle of the room with something moldy looking growing in it.  There was also a musty smell about the place.  When we got back down to the front desk there was nobody there so we just left the key and ended up staying at a chain hotel nearby

I suspect the clerk was embarrassed about that room, and knew most people would reject it.  But the manager/owner insists on taking reservations without fixing it up first.
Been there, done that. I worked at a motel that was on a highway that had been re-routed. The back portion of the property was the original 'tourist cabin' type rooms, and then in the front portion were more modern-style motel rooms. I was always a little embarrassed to send someone back to the older units (which we only rented after the front rooms were sold out). However, since they were cabins with kitchens, some people preferred them, especially for an extended stay.

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« Reply #84 on: July 09, 2014, 05:13:18 PM »
My parents are wonderful people but oh, so cheap.  They will gladly drive an extra ten miles to save a few bucks on a motel room, even if that motel would make Norman Bates shudder.  My mum often laughs and says "We have an unerring knack for finding the worst place to stay, no matter what city or town."  Well, that's true, but if you constantly dismiss fairly reliable chains like the Holiday Inn in favour of The Scary Clown Motel (free vibrating beds!), that'll probably  happen quite a bit.   My parents would always say "Who cares?  We're only sleeping there for the night.  It's not like we're planning to move in."

It took me years before I realized that the motel/hotel part of a vacation was supposed to be relaxing and fun.
My father was much the same way.  If it looked like a nice place, or was part of a chain, he was absolutely certain that they overcharged you.  Because a lighted sign, being part of a chain, even basic maintenance cost money, you see, so they had to overcharge people in order to pay for all that stuff.   ::) I remember one especially miserable night where there was a baby crib in the room, a crib where multiple babies had obviously been stricken by extreme gastrointestinal distress.  The smell of feces, urine, and vomit coming off the crib mattress was so bad that I wanted to go out and sleep in the car.   
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« Reply #85 on: July 09, 2014, 05:55:57 PM »
DH and I decided to go to the Poconos in Pennsylvania since neither of us had ever been.  I reserved the hotel on-line and the pictures were very nice.  When we arrived and went to check in we were asked if we wanted to see the room first.  This was very unusual, we've never been asked that before.   Good thing we took them up on their offer - the room was awful!  It had red carpeting glued to the walls and a heart shaped tub in the middle of the room with something moldy looking growing in it.  There was also a musty smell about the place.  When we got back down to the front desk there was nobody there so we just left the key and ended up staying at a chain hotel nearby

When we lived outside Philadelphia DH and I laughed at the Poconos honeymoon hotels featuring heart shaped tubs and clear, champagne glass shaped tubs.  We figured we would slip climbing in or out and have our rear ends smooshed against the plexiglass for the perimedics to behold.

They were huge in the 70's and as I live in NJ, used to see commercials for them all the time. As a kid, I thought they were sooo very cool, but then they all closed down. I think a couple have been resurrected, complete with all the bells and whistles, and I would have the same fear as you, falling nekkid into one, and having to be rescued.

"Beautiful Mt. Airy Lodge...." Great, now that's stuck in my head.

Beautiful Mt. Airy Lodge is where DH and I spent our honeymoon! I was sorry when I heard it had closed. Always thought that we would go there for an anniversary someday.

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« Reply #86 on: July 09, 2014, 05:59:26 PM »
My parents are wonderful people but oh, so cheap.  They will gladly drive an extra ten miles to save a few bucks on a motel room, even if that motel would make Norman Bates shudder.  My mum often laughs and says "We have an unerring knack for finding the worst place to stay, no matter what city or town."  Well, that's true, but if you constantly dismiss fairly reliable chains like the Holiday Inn in favour of The Scary Clown Motel (free vibrating beds!), that'll probably  happen quite a bit.   My parents would always say "Who cares?  We're only sleeping there for the night.  It's not like we're planning to move in."

It took me years before I realized that the motel/hotel part of a vacation was supposed to be relaxing and fun.
My father was much the same way.   If it looked like a nice place, or was part of a chain, he was absolutely certain that they overcharged you.  Because a lighted sign, being part of a chain, even basic maintenance cost money, you see, so they had to overcharge people in order to pay for all that stuff.   ::) I remember one especially miserable night where there was a baby crib in the room, a crib where multiple babies had obviously been stricken by extreme gastrointestinal distress.  The smell of feces, urine, and vomit coming off the crib mattress was so bad that I wanted to go out and sleep in the car.   

My mother was almost as bad.  No chains, motels only, but she would at least choose places that were reasonably well maintained on the outside.  Usually, they were reasonably maintained on the inside as well. 

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« Reply #87 on: July 09, 2014, 06:40:08 PM »
DH and I decided to go to the Poconos in Pennsylvania since neither of us had ever been.  I reserved the hotel on-line and the pictures were very nice.  When we arrived and went to check in we were asked if we wanted to see the room first.  This was very unusual, we've never been asked that before.   Good thing we took them up on their offer - the room was awful!  It had red carpeting glued to the walls and a heart shaped tub in the middle of the room with something moldy looking growing in it.  There was also a musty smell about the place.  When we got back down to the front desk there was nobody there so we just left the key and ended up staying at a chain hotel nearby

When we lived outside Philadelphia DH and I laughed at the Poconos honeymoon hotels featuring heart shaped tubs and clear, champagne glass shaped tubs.  We figured we would slip climbing in or out and have our rear ends smooshed against the plexiglass for the perimedics to behold.

They were huge in the 70's and as I live in NJ, used to see commercials for them all the time. As a kid, I thought they were sooo very cool, but then they all closed down. I think a couple have been resurrected, complete with all the bells and whistles, and I would have the same fear as you, falling nekkid into one, and having to be rescued.

"Beautiful Mt. Airy Lodge...." Great, now that's stuck in my head.

I lived in northwestern NJ until 1988. I can almost remember the melody to the TV commercials.

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« Reply #88 on: July 10, 2014, 03:08:41 PM »
DH and I decided to go to the Poconos in Pennsylvania since neither of us had ever been.  I reserved the hotel on-line and the pictures were very nice.  When we arrived and went to check in we were asked if we wanted to see the room first.  This was very unusual, we've never been asked that before.   Good thing we took them up on their offer - the room was awful!  It had red carpeting glued to the walls and a heart shaped tub in the middle of the room with something moldy looking growing in it.  There was also a musty smell about the place.  When we got back down to the front desk there was nobody there so we just left the key and ended up staying at a chain hotel nearby

When we lived outside Philadelphia DH and I laughed at the Poconos honeymoon hotels featuring heart shaped tubs and clear, champagne glass shaped tubs.  We figured we would slip climbing in or out and have our rear ends smooshed against the plexiglass for the perimedics to behold.

They were huge in the 70's and as I live in NJ, used to see commercials for them all the time. As a kid, I thought they were sooo very cool, but then they all closed down. I think a couple have been resurrected, complete with all the bells and whistles, and I would have the same fear as you, falling nekkid into one, and having to be rescued.

"Beautiful Mt. Airy Lodge...." Great, now that's stuck in my head.

Beautiful Mt. Airy Lodge is where DH and I spent our honeymoon! I was sorry when I heard it had closed. Always thought that we would go there for an anniversary someday.

Mt. Airy is now a casino and hotel (still called Mt. Airy).  It's quite nice.

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« Reply #89 on: July 10, 2014, 03:37:42 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?"