Where to start..
Driving up the street to the motel there was a hooker on each corner. There were even some prancing about in front of the motel. When we got inside the the check-in area there was an ominous sign that read "no refunds". Damn, it's too bad we already booked online, where they had plenty of misleading pictures. We had trouble from the moment we got there. The lady at the front desk said that the name on our credit card did not match the name on the booking. She didn't listen for a while and just kept saying "no". (She didn't speak very good English.) We helped her see that the name was the same. She finally got it but didn't apologizs or anything.
When we went back to our car to get our stuff we notice an older gentleman walking around the parking lot. We noticed him talking to himself and heading in our direction so we just got into the car and locked the door. He noticed us and started yelling obscenities at us. After he left we grabbed all of our things and bolted into the room. There were three locks on the door.. and even after we locked them all we didn't feel safe. We wanted to get the internet password, but the man was still wandering the lot swearing, so we picked up the phone to call front desk. Surprise! It didn't even work! The alarm clock was plugged into..nothing! not even an outlet near it. The T.V was about 15+ years old, had about 7 channels. Bathtub was falling apart (faucet coming out of wall, loose caulking around the bottom, shelf that holds soap had a giant crack in it).
When the man wen away and we got to the front desk we asked the lady to report the guy to the authorities and that we felt unsafe. She said no.
We tried to make the best of it.. but it was hard. The heater didn't work, and also, there is a train that runs less than 100M behind the motel. It was difficult to get a good nights rest because of the fear and the trains. Also, they advertise Queen beds.. I can assure you they are doubles at best. The lights are on a timer/sensor.. which we were unaware of. They suddenly went out when it was dark out.. scaring the crap out of all of us. Every horror movie I've ever seen flashed through my brain.
Anyway. It may be cheap.. but it is not worth it. You don't even get a good nights sleep and a hot shower out of it. And the breakfast... It was either Fruit Loops or Corn Flakes and weak coffee. Stay far away from this motel unless you are looking to put yourself in danger or just scare the crap out of yourself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just minutes from the Club One Casino in downtown Fresno California, this motel offers an ideal location within driving distance of Yosemite National Park and free wireless internet. The Holiday Motel Fresno provides easy access to many local attractions. Just a few minutes from the hotel, guests can enjoy the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art and Science as well as the California Memorial Museum. Guests can also enjoy the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and the Island Water park within a short drive from the motel. Guests can start the day at the Fresno Holiday Motel with a free breakfast each morning. This motel also provides modern amenities including microwaves and refrigerators in each guestroom. ... more less