For anyone who is unfamiliar with that phrase, it was the inscription above the gates of Hell from Dante's Inferno. It would be appropriately inscribed above the office of the Valli-Hi Hotel. The only benefit to my stay at the Valli-Hi is I am now able to conclusively point out the low point of an otherwise excellent trip to Colorado.
Where to begin. . . It was late and my friend and I were just arriving in Denver and we were looking for a place to stay. As fate would have it the Val;li-Hi showed up on the GPS and we went there. The lady at the front desk was very rude (I did interupt her smoke break so I suppose I can take some of the blame), and after I paid for my night of hell we went to the room.
We got to our room only to discover there was no real door. Nothing, only a sliding glass patio door. The smell can be described fairly accurately as a mix of old sweat and cigarrette butts. The furniture and bed covers was full of cigarrette burns, the carpet was dingy, and the bathroom would strike abject terror into the hearts of anyone who values basic sanitation. The whole night I kept thinking, what a terrible way to get an STD.
The guy in the room next to us warned me about a teenage sex party going on in the room above, which explained the banging and screaming in the night. My friend and I slept with our hiking knives on the nightstand, at the ready for whatever might want to some through our door.
At any rate, we checked out as early as we could the next day and thankfully made it out unscathed, with all of our stuff intact. Perhaps I've used a little hyperbole in my descriptions; however, I think most people who have stayed here would agree they are not that far off. At any rate don't stay here. Spend the extra twenty bucks and go to somewhere with a continental breakfast that won't give you nightmares for weeks after your stay.
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