When we made our reservations with Hotels.com to stay at the Jack London Inn in Oakland, our only request was that there be no blood on the sheets. “Ha ha,” right?
We entered our room just after midnight and were immediately struck by the potent stench of some kind of solvent. As my boyfriend's sinuses bled, I noticed that the pillowcase-free pillow had what appeared to be blood on it. I said, “ugh,” and then moments later, “Ah!” as I noticed I was standing in a mushy carpet covered in a dark, sticky, bodily-fluid-like substance. I calmly announced that he should keep his sandals on. No blood on the sheets, though.
I opened the curtain to see if there was crime scene tape around the building, and standing outside was a mostly toothed man holding a broom. “Everything okay?” he asked.
“We’re not sure.”
So he came around to our front door and said he’d find us another room. Who is this guy?
He began knocking on other doors, opening them, and then, once already inside, announcing he was “security,” which made us feel a lot more unsafe. After checking out four additional rooms, we found one that was acceptable. It had been stripped bare except for the bed, the armoire, the painting that hung over the bed, and the other painting right next to it that was an exact replica of the first painting (the painting was really, really good). The smoke detector hung pitifully from its bracket. We had no towels, so the “security” “guard” went to his room and returned with his own personal towels. Were they a little moist? It didn’t matter. We only wanted a bloodless night of sleep, so we thanked him and, comforted in knowing he might drop in on us at any time for a little “security” visit, locked the door behind him. We were so worn out from all the excitement that we didn’t even notice the loud party out in the hall or the train that ripped through the lobby every thirty minutes setting off all of the car alarms in the underground parking structure.
i would totally recommend this hotel to anyone I hate.
you may feel more comfortable and safe in the urine stained back alley.
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