After reading a reasonable review of this motel in the usually relaible 'Rough Guide' . We called and booked a room for 1 night. On arrival the place looked rundown and not in the slightest bit welcoming. At this point I was reluctant to even get out of the car and venture in. However as we had booked it and the guide book recommended it we thought we'd give it a go. In the reception we were eventually met by a pretty grumpy motel owner. I explained that I would be grateful if I could have a look at the room first before taking it. He eventually agreed but insisted that we leave our passports at the reception whilst we had a look!(what did he think we were going to do?) The room was apparently non-smoking but smelt of stale smoke, the decor was tired and very dated. But worst of all was the uneasy atmosphere outside in the motel courtyard. I'm a policeman in the UK and I have a pretty good idea when people are up to 'no good' . There were various groups of people hanging around outside rooms and I'm pretty confident that they weren't tourists. It made us feel pretty uneasy and there was no chance that we were willing to stay there overnight. I told the man behind reception that we would not be staying and quickly left. Worst thing is we were still charged $70 as we had paid when booking over the phone. Avoid at all costs, given the massive amount of accommodation available in SF, there is no need to stay here! (in the end stayed in the Coventry motor inn, a few blocks away, which was very nice, a complete contrast)
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