We had stayed at the Harbor Lite Lodge before and really liked it. But this last trip had us cancelling our second night. It just wasn't the same.
First, things got off on the wrong foot when we showed up and the price quoted to us over the phone was wrong. We needed to pay more each night. Since we were there and had a good experience before, we decided to stay.
But things continued to go downhill. Our harbor view was essentially a trailer park below, but that really didn't matter. What did matter was the incessant creaking of the floor above. It was like a herd of elephants were on safari. Plus the average door apparently needed to be slammed, not gently closed.
It was then when you started to notice the little stuff, like the light switch to the bathroom is on the outside, but not within reach from the inside. So a late-night bathroom trip meant illuminating the entire room. The bathroom door also didn't close well, so that was noisy. But probably the biggest bathroom complaint was there wasn't a hair dryer in the room. It didn't bother me, but my wife was highly annoyed as she didn't pack one because I told her all motels have them nowadays.
Also, like others have mentioned, the Wi-Fi connections stink. Although there were a few throughout the motel area, none managed to connect for more than a minute or two. I have a Nexus 7 and it never has problems locking in. But it did here.
So the next morning we just left and went to the Surf Motel and Gardens where we had a nice experience.
One thing that will doom families is that the motel has a policy of not booking families with kids on the top floor. In theory, it is a good policy as you don't want a bunch of kids jumping up and down above you. But since the floors moan and creak with just adults walking around, even quiet families are stuck in a noisy room if the above floor is booked.
It's sad to say, but there are better choices in town.
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- Also Known As:
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