After a very long day on the road I pulled into the Best Western in Mariposa. They were full but recommended the Mother Lode Lodge down the road. The best that I can say is that the room was clean, the bed was comfortable and the water in the shower was hot. .... A lot better than sleeping beside my motorcycle for the night. Let's face it, when you are staying in a fifties style motel you should condition your expectations accordingly but even then I felt that the Mother Lode Lodge came up short. the day was hot and it took the air conditioning unit almost three hours to coole the room down. From there the very old and noisy unit cycled on and off about every fifteen minutes all night long. The room was too small for a chair so I dragged in a white plastic chair to sit in while I watched television on a set older than I took to the dump a couple of years ago. One thing to worry about if you travel by motorcycle is that the units are on a very steep slope and you must make sure to park with turning around in mind. It would be very easy to get trapped in this parking lot with no room to maneuver to get out. The price was comparable with most Best Westerns or modern Motels. In all .... Like I said ... The room was clean, the bed was comfortable and the water in the shower hot. Better than sleeping beside my motorcycle therefore two stars.
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