Repeat after me: I WILL NOT STAY AT THE VAGABOND INN. Ever. Don't do it. To do so risks your life and well-being.
I recently booked a block of rooms with our bike racing team at the Vagabond Inn. We typically stay elsewhere but that motel was full and this was the only other one that was dog-friendly in Merced. The rooms were inexpensive ($60 + a $6 pet fee), but even that low price was over-priced for the experience we had.
At $60/room, I was expecting a dump. My expectations were met and then some. I assume they put me in a dog room, but it hadn't been cleaned, there was debris on the floor, multiple stains on the carpet, iron burns on the carpet, and the bed linens were dirty. The heat/air unit was terribly loud (even by motel standards) and the telephone in the room didn't work. Our non-smoking room reeked of stale smoke (and other unpleasant things).
But all of this would've been fine if we had gotten a good night's sleep. Unfortunately, that's not how the night played out.
At 2:30 in the morning, while sleeping, I hear a loud knock/bang at the door. It startled me awake and I yelled out, thinking some kids were screwing around. I fell back asleep (not sure how long) and then heard another loud knock/bang. I proceeded to the door, looked out the peephole, and no one was there. I took a quick glance at the gap between the curtain and the window, and there was a man standing there (trying to hide from my sight). Now I'm really scared and quietly locked the door while he pounded on it again. This is when the stupid motion-sensor lights turned on (I have never stayed in a motel room with motion-sensor lights, WTF!).
I retreated to the bathroom and called 911. The intruder pounded on the door again while I was on the phone and proceeded to try to open the door, pulling on the handle again and again. I have never been so scared in my life, completely convulsing with fear. 911 stayed on the line with me for 10 minutes until the police arrived on-site and searched the grounds.
When the police came to the door, the officer told me that I should expect this type of behavior since we were in the dangerous part of Merced. He said the police are called out to the Vagabond Inn frequently. As we chatted, a man walked by 3 times and the police didn't even question him. The police officer went on to say that this was a dangerous motel with a serious drug traffic problem in the neighborhood and recommended we stay in a safer motel (doh!).
Of course, at 3:00am, when the police left, I was certain that my would-be intruder had watched the exchange and would come back. I was afraid he would break in the door or the window or shoot a gun into the room, so I barricaded the door with furniture and locked myself in the dark bathroom (because the light is also a fan and I wanted to hear if my intruder came back). Needless to say, I got no sleep after this happened and have never been so happy to leave.
I booked our rooms on hotels.com and assumed this meant there was some level of quality/safety. I could have dealt with the crappy room conditions, but cannot deal with risking my life to a meth-head intruder.
Please, DO NOT STAY HERE!
- Also Known As:
- Vagabond Hotel Merced
- Merced Vagabond Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located in Merced right off the freeway for easy access with FREE WI-FI and onsite laundry facilities for guest use with 24 hr staff AT FRONT DESK.WE ARE LOCATED CLOSE TO DINING PLACES -MCDONALDS AND DENNYS OPEN 24 HRS. ... more less
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