After a terrific two weeks staying at lovely inns and and guest houses in Newfoundland and Labrador, we found ourselves at the Franklin Hotel in St. John's. We had tried to get into other properties, but vacancies were hard to come by in August. After finally locating a street parking space three blocks away (The hotel does not have its own lot or spaces.), we were surprised to find ourselves checking in at the counter of a loud and lively bar, and even more surprised to be asked to pay for the room before we had even set foot in it. After seeing the room, we found out why. The first thing we noticed were several crumbled up foil candy wrappers on the dull brown low shag carpeted floor. Then we saw that the bathroom door had been punched in, as if someone had been beating on it repeatedly, or perhaps just given it one firm strike with a fist. Upon entering the bathroom, we saw that there were holes in the ceiling--fairly sizable holes--and this was creepy, especially while showering. The walls of the bedroom were dirty and sticky; the baseboards were so dusty I'm not sure they had ever been vacuumed; and the build-up of dust on the air conditioning unit made me wish for a breath mask to wear while sleeping. The room was extremely dark and had only one window, which looked out upon a parking garage. We were trapped for the night, and at a cost of $277!
If this hotel were to hire a manager who cared and given the cleaning and attention it deserves, it could be fine. But neglected as it is, I'm surprised it hasn't been shut down by some sort of City inspectors.
I have never stayed in such a filthy room in my life. Next time I'll read all the Trip Advisor reviews instead of just glancing at the rating.
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