Traveling with my cheap brother-in-law, I was forced to stay at the cheapest place we could find. Turned out to be the Decatur Inn. This joint is pretty much a dump from the moment you step into the stinky lobby to check in till you leave dirty in the morning because there was no hot water for showering and shaving. (speaking of the bathroom, a mysterious patch of water emerged overnight somewhere between the toilet and the shower...a leak through the floor? a ghostly manifestation? No telling here.)
The pros: decently firm beds (with clean sheets), pretty good cable, good window heater, albeit a little noisy. Had to plug in the not-quite-clean mini fridge and remove a piece of old onion someone had left behind, but it worked in the end. Room had a microwave that was clean but we didn't get a chance to try it out. Nice location on the main north-south highway...walk to fast food.
Cons: terrible bathroom. No stopper for the dirty sink ( no hot water, only lukewarm), the mysterious leak mentioned above, mildewed shower head (again, a moot point without hot water). Generally dilapidated overall condition. Torn and threadbare towels.
By the way, the leak by the toilet and shower, upon second look, seems to be coming from a leak under the sink--on the other side of the toilet--that drips, drains, and pools by the tub. Quality.
We had checked Priceline for options in Decatur, and there were several in the $55 range with better reviews and generally trustworthy name brands. We got this room for $50 out the door. I would have paid an extra $10 for hot water and a bathroom that wasn't out of a bad prison movie. Still, I slept pretty well on the bed and didn't see any bugs or mice.
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