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Tue Dec 10, 2019, 08:36 PM

My latest motel adventure: Pack your slippers.

Stayed in a motel we've stayed in several times.
Always an enjoyable stay...until now.

Remodeled and now have laminate floors in rooms.
Very cold underfoot, but probably low maintenance compared to carpet.
No room phone.
Is this a new thing?
EVERYONE has a mobile phone?
I had to look up the motel's website to get the phone number to call the front desk on my mobile.
No coffeemaker.
NO COFFEE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING?

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue Dec 10, 2019, 08:41 PM

1. Probably OK if it serves the need of the traveller. It should be clean, temp easily regulated,

and comfortable. How long was your stay?

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 10, 2019, 08:54 PM

4. Just overnight in Chattanooga.

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Road trip on the way home from Thanksgiving with daughter & fam in Boston.

I really felt like our room wasn't quite ready for occupancy after (during?) the remodel.
No shade on a ceiling light so glaring bare bulbs.

The desk chair was shot.
No height adjustment.
It just bottomed out.
I'm 6' 2" so I was squating.
No back lock, so you couldn't lean back without reclining.

I told the kid on the front desk and he said 'sorry'.
When I got home I had an email from the manager knocking 50% off the bill.
OK, I guess, but a 'sorry' or an explanation would have been nice?

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Response to trof (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 10, 2019, 09:04 PM

6. Boy, that screams "bad management." My father was a hotel manager and I got to know

something about what it takes, altho his was a large hotel in Dallas, now considered one of those nice, old school hotels built in the 1930s. It was a nice place to grow up!

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 12:36 PM

13. Bet it was fun.

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 02:03 PM

15. Classy digs.

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Response to trof (Reply #15)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 02:07 PM

16. I used to hate it growing up, since most kids in my school didn't live in hotels.

I realize now that I learned how to be polite and behave around adults from a very young age and that served me well later in life. My brother and I had to be model children since we lived there and couldn't go around looking or acting scruffy (altho we wanted to).

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #16)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 08:54 PM

17. Yes, I understand. You were 'different'. I was also.

My parents divorced sometime during the wartime years (WW II).
I was 3 or 4.
We just considered ourselves (mom and I) war casualties.
But yes, I was 'different' from all the other kids.
It was sometimes a little awkward, but no lasting scars I think.

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Response to trof (Reply #17)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 09:55 PM

18. Oh, I think these things mold us. They have to.

In your case, there was a rupture of your "nuclear family" which was considered the norm or the ideal. So you felt you were different in that way. I felt I was different in my way.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue Dec 10, 2019, 08:41 PM

2. No carpet? I'd be thinking prior problem with bedbugs...

Doesn't sound like one I'd want to stay in. How damned cheap not to at least provide a way to call the front desk (not to mention the ability to call 911) nor even a cup of coffee?

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue Dec 10, 2019, 08:47 PM

3. Yikes. They sound like cheapskates.

What are you supposed to do if you have to call the front desk for something? Look up the number? It's so much easier to just pick up the phone & punch "0" and what if you want a wakeup call? Sheesh. I guess laminate floors make sense, but they're not very welcoming or cozy. And no coffee? Oh, heck no. Was this a chain? If so, I'd want to avoid them.

I stayed in a Fairfield during my recent trip to Arizona and it was very comfortable. Plus unlimited coffee, tea, etc. and a full breakfast included every morning. And there was a coffee maker in the room in case you just can't wait for that first cup of joe.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 10, 2019, 08:58 PM

5. We stay in Choice Hotels.

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Usually they are fine, conveniently located to interstates, and have what we want. Fridge, micro, and coffeemaker.
We get points toward free rooms.
Generally, we have been very happy with them.
This was definitely an exception.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue Dec 10, 2019, 10:32 PM

7. I prefer the laminate floors, carpeting is so disgusting.

you cant really ever get it clean. last place I stayed the little coffee teabag barely made a half cup, lobby coffee was much better.

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Response to Kali (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 11, 2019, 09:29 AM

10. Yep, so much more hygienic.

Especially in a hotel. Even at home all kind of crap hides in your carpet.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Dec 11, 2019, 12:18 AM

8. Motel 6?

Worst hotel rooms in the world. Except for one other flea-bag (that probly rented by the hour), I've never stayed in worse rooms than Motel 6. I won't stay in another one except in the very worst necessity--even then, I may just camp out first.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Wed Dec 11, 2019, 12:44 AM

9. A hotel I stayed at in England had no phones, no clocks

This was the first hotel in the tour and the tour leader did not bring her American only cell or an alarm clock. She was outraged since she had never been in a hotel that had neither appliance. She did stop at a PoundStore (think Dollar Store) to buy an alarm clock, but it took three tries to get one that worked.

Another place I stayed in was the same, but at least their "book" about the hotel gave contact numbers for everything - front desk, room service, housekeeping, etc.

One thing every single UK hotel and B&B had was a tea service with an electric kettle. Usually the only coffee provided was instant, but at least there was some caffeine choice in the room.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 12:47 AM

11. Must. Have. Coffee.

That would be a deal-breaker for me.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Thu Dec 12, 2019, 01:31 AM

12. I always bring my hot water kettle with instant coffee and all the fixings. I am never without. nt

 

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