Among the other somewhat critically discussed hotels in Melilla (the Spanish enclave in North Africa) the Anfora Hotel appeared to be at least reasonable in its rates. Sort of true but only sort of.
Arriving there I found out from the decent but pitiable guy at the reception desk, who has to convey all the bad messages (in Spanish only, by the way, and who is not empowered to make any even so tiny concession) that my two reservation emails had inexplicably not arrived. Well, so. That meant to take one of the now scarce leftover rooms. Well, so. On a weekend evening in Melilla the choices are getting tight.
The next bad message was that there would be only cold water due to the lack of a certain spare part to be ordered from mainland Spain. Convincingly explained but that's how it would be. Would there be a rate reduction gesture due to a significant shortfall by the hotel with a period of cold water only? No way let the owner convey through his poor front desk messenger. Take it or leave it. Maybe the TA-community should make clear that we are ready to leave it - that means to show that the underlying attitude of making unblinking use of some accomodation scarcity is not what the TA-community accepts. And it would not be a big loss as the hotel is in every way mediocre except for a good location, but the hotel itself is without style and without heart. It is - except the hellish noise inside and around - bearable but why should we bear it?!
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