First of all, I didn't expect much going in. I've worked at the front desk in assorted hotels and resorts for over thirteen years and it is a known fact in the industry that if a hotel is owned by a certain type, then eight times out of ten it's going to be a run-down property. If it's a MOTEL owned by this certain type, you're guaranteed a rough night. I decided to go for it, though, because I found a reasonable rate and everyone else was sold out.
We arrived at the property at around 4:30 in the evening and the desk was being manned by the MOD named Rocky and another guy. It was pretty obvious that the other guy was new to working the front desk, but he did his best and he was VERY friendly. (Looking back, he was probably the only redeeming quality of the motel.) Rocky was throwing papers, key cards, etc. across the desk, NEVER looked at any guest in the face, let alone the eyes. Needless to say, customer service is not his forte. They were charging people off the street over a hundred dollars for a room while my own room was half that amount -- which tells you a lot about their ethical standards. The lobby was dirty with tiles broken all over the floor. When you walked in you felt like you were going to actually fall THROUGH the floor. I finally got checked in after arguing with Rocky about the rate I was guaranteed (he tried to charge the 11% tax rate twice even though the paperwork clearly said it was already included).
We drove around to the room and I'm sure you can picture the looks on our faces. The "I'm smiling because I'm trying to not freak out the person I'm with" look. The blinds were wide open on all the rooms and two rooms down it was stocked full of disgusting looking carpet. We walked in our room and the floor sunk down under our weight. The carpet was coming up and away from the walls. (Apparently their thumb tacks and tape weren't doing the job properly.) The a/c unit was pulled away from the wall, there was NO TELEPHONE (which is not allowed b/c of emergencies and liability issues...), no clock, the microwave was unplugged....well, there wasn't a plug for it. We actually went out for a while and brought back my box fan because the a/c was crap. Because I work in hotels I was trying to just suck it up and not complain. To make a long story short, we woke up at about 12:30 p.m. because I was coughing to death (mold does that to you) and the room was extremely humid and HOT. It was about 20 degrees cooler outside than in the room. I finally drove back up to the desk and thank God we got moved into a handicap room. This room was (compared to the other) a MILLION TIMES better.
It should also be noted that the rooms across from the office are apparently being renovated and the boards they are using for the floor boards are not being weather treated AND they aren't even the proper sizing for secure flooring.
Oh -- the breakfast. Their "hot breakfast" is coffee, orange juice, slices of bread, and a waffle maker. I didn't even try the food because, to be honest, I don't trust that it's at all sanitary and not expired.
I did complain in the morning to (surprise, surprise), Rocky --- but he NOT ONCE looked at me and all he would say is "fine" and that was it.
If you're looking for a super cheap room, FIRST --- DO NOT BOOK AT THE HOTEL DIRECTLY! Look online and you will find amazingly cheap rates for this place. If you go to the hotel directly he is going to try and charge you over $100 as I personally saw while I was checking in. Second --- be prepared for dirty rooms that are NOT up to code at all and have bugs and crap all over.
Oh, and thanks to the mold and the humid room I subjected myself to, I'm now getting a horrible respiratory infection. Moral of the story is, even if you work in the industry, do NOT go easy on properties like this!!
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