We were driving very late and looking for a hotel in Amarillo right off the I-40. My wife and I both saw the Camelot, which looks good from the freeway. We thought our daughter would be excited by the way it looked (and we were so very tired) so we stopped and checked in.
We should have gone back to the front desk and asked for our money back after we looked at the room. It was a pit. We were so exhausted that I carried my daughter into the room and we unpacked.
The beds, sheets, floor, walls and most everything in the room appeared to be at least 30 years old. There was a relatively new A/C unit that did work (but smelled) and a new looking fridge (that was trashed/dirty inside). We didn't touch the TV so I can't say anything about it.
The beds creaked and were wobbly, the sheets were thread-bare, the pillows were the flattest I've seen in a hotel. There were holes in the walls, cigarette burns in the tub, floor and table. Honestly, the room was probably nice (but not luxury) when it was brand new. But it didn't look updated in the last 30 or more years. And it hadn't been taken care of.
The room was accessed by a hallway accessible by a standard hotel card key. Same with the room door from the hall. There was a door to an adjoining room and a door to the outside that was pretty banged up.
There was nothing new about the hotel except maybe some new stucco and paint on the part of the hotel facing the freeway. We only saw our room - maybe some of the rooms have been updated in the last 30 years?
The next morning we noticed a dead car blocking part of the parking lot. One of the rooms had a cat in the window (and the smell of cat pee coming from the room). We suspect some of the guests were evicted from home or apartment and stay long term in the hotel. It was a scary place.
We paid around $50 for the night. The price advertised on the sign was $27.99. I don't know what better rooms in Amarillo go for but I do know that we stayed in several hotels in other places (Tucumcari NM, Cuba OK and somewhere in Missouri) for less money that were significantly nicer than the "new Camelot".
If the hotel had been taken care of (holes fixed, painted, floors regularly cleaned/repaired) and updated some (beds, sheets) it could be a kitchy cool type place. But it isn't.
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