For the long Thanksgiving weekend, my husband suggested an overnight trip to Fort Bragg, CA. It's the end of the month and we are on a budget, so I Pricelined for a 2-star room and got turned down. I made the mistake of changing the bid to 1-star and we got a room at the Travelodge Mariah Country for $60, including taxes and fees.
I am probably dating myself here, but I remember when I was a kid that Travelodges were very decent motels. Now I realize that my idea of a fair price is SERIOUSLY dated. $60 doesn't buy much unless you are lucky and we were definitely not lucky when we got a room at this motel for that price. I need to admit that I am not up for a 1-star experience anymore.
That being said, we may have been assigned a room in an unrenovated part of the motel BECAUSE we got the room on Priceline. It reeked of cigarettes and was tiny. The cars in the parking lot outside felt very close and the window screen was bent as if someone had tried to break in. Not very reassuring.
The bathroom had a wet spot behind the toilet, which wouldn't have been so bad had the bathroom been a little more updated and if there wasn't a smell of stale urine hanging over the place like an old public restroom. There was a rusted bar across the screenless window over the toilet that looked out into an alley.
The place had a sad, old feeling to it, like visiting an elderly person on a small and fixed budget who doesn't have family to care for them and who would do more cleaning if they could see/smell the place and if they had more energy. I didn't think I was a whiner, but, as you can see, I am becoming one in my middle age.
We luckily had points enough to stay at the Best Western for free, where the rooms were cleaner but the indoor heating and hot water were challenged. But that's another story. We were just grateful to have a clean, safe-feeling place to sleep.
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