With a limited selection, I wasn't expecting much and that's what I got. Was in town for a funeral and because of the cheese factory going up, only two rooms were left in all of Hugoton.
We arrived super late after driving 13.5 hours to find out our room had been left unlocked with a key by the door. Didn't bother us a whole lot, but I think it might get to others. Opened the door and thought "neat! We're staying in a theme motel." before realizing that no, the decor wasn't irony. Well, even if they haven't updated the place since the mid-70s, at least it's clean.
Slept in a nothing-too-terrible bed. Luckily I brought an extra blanket because the linens were scratchy and questionable. We could hear noise; people fighting, TVs turned up very loud, guests leaving and arriving; stuff I honestly consider part of the trashy motel experience so again, didn't bother me all that much.
The first big issue came the next day. The owner kicked out the child of the man who had passed for smoking in the room, yelling about how he had just spent $1k remodeling that room. If so, he was swindled. Now, this would normally be reasonable except that the website advertises both smoking and nonsmoking rooms, there were no no-smoking signs posted in the room, and the motel thoughtfully provided an ashtray and matches on the dresser.
This is getting long, but after several other incidents where he was rude to us, that is one motel to be skipped. Would rather just room in Liberal and make the drive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Flamingo Motel is located in Hugoton, KS the heart of Pheasant Country. We are conveniently located across from MCdonalds, Pizza Hut, Sonic Drive In and wihtin walking distance to Stevens County Fitness Center. We offer a small home town amosphere and great service wiht a smile. ... more less