After a long 10 hour drive, my family and I were more than ready to find a reputable, inexpensive hotel that would fit our family of 6. Seeing the sign for the Best Western and having had good experiences with that hotel chain in the past, we pulled in and booked a room...
Big Mistake! As soon as we approached the building, we were horrified to see a box labeled "Caution, Do Not Touch. Rat Poison!"
Right away we wanted to leave, but escape was not an option... it was getting dark, and we needed somewhere to collapse. We pressed on...
The staircase was musty and we opened the door of our room to find stains all over the carpet, only two queen beds (apparently their "biggest" room, they didn't mind making 2 of us sleep on the gross floor) My father attempted to use the bathroom, only to find that the lock was broken. We called up a hotel mechanic, who didn't speak English well and spent about 20 minutes actually removing and replacing the lock. The employees of the hotel were dressed sloppily in casual clothes and indistinguishable from the hotel guests except for their crooked name tags. In the guest folder, the author misspelled several words (tooth was spelled “thooth” and remember spelled “remeber”, as well as questionable punctuation), not a huge issue in it of itself, but laughable when thrown in with these other mishaps.
But the Best Western's definition of "pool" takes the cake...
After attempting to settle in, we prepared to take a dip in their advertised pool. As we opened the door, we were shocked to find a teeny strip of water about 4 feet wide and 10 feet long, with at least 6 people crammed in to escape the heat... Nearly overcome with exhaustion, we decided to forego the "swim" and re-pack our swim suits.
In favor of the hotel, the complimentary breakfast was decent and the room was clean enough.
Needless to say though, if I am ever in Lodi again, I will not be returning.
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