I stupidly made the mistake of travelling to the beach without reservations with my boyfriend. We figured somewhere would have vacancy. After searching the ideal, nice, fancy hotels at the beach- they were all booked- we traveled a few streets back to the smaller motels. We pulled into the Gem Tower after reading the "Vacancy" sign, and at this point I was desperate. We walked into the office and was greeted by a woman, we asked if she had a room, she said yes how many. We said 2. She told us it was a basic room, we said that's fine. I asked how much she said $89. (Like I said I was desperate, so I said okay). She acted a little surprised we agreed to that rate. And once we got into the room we found out why. We looked online at their website and realized we were paying DOUBLE what the normal rate is during this time period (because we walked in). Online of course it says those rates are for advanced reservations. I expected to pay a little more than normal because we walked in, on a Saturday night on a weekend in mid-summer, but double is a little unfair. With takes and everything I paid $115!!! (In addition to that, they also hold a $20 refundable key deposit). And check out is at 10AM!! It stormed that night and the storm made the cable go in and out during the storm. The room is VERY small. Pretty clean but very old and worn, needs some TLC. Only soap is provided in the bathroom and one towel per person. No hairdryer, no iron. There was a small fridge but it didn't work. There was WIFI though (free). The pool was small but refreshing and clean. The sheets seemed clean and bed was average (not best/not worst). And we luckily were able to get an extra hour to check out (11am) for free. For $45 it would have been a bargain! For even $65 I would have been alright with that, but $89 plus taxes etc... for a $115 total just was outrageous! All in all... make advance reservations to get the rate that the room is actually worth!!!
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