The main reason I chose to write this post regarding my stay at the Midway Motel in Cornish Maine is to make sure others are aware of the discriminatory conduct of the owners.
While visiting family in the Cornish area I stayed at the Midway Motel. During our visit, the guardian to my nieces had to go to the ER due to a sudden allergic reaction. When I asked the owners of the Midway to expand my 2-double bed room from two adults to two adults and two children, they wouldn’t allow it. This seemed odd to me as every hotel I have ever stayed allows four-person occupancy (even 4 adults) to stay in a 2-double bed room.
They claimed Maine ‘law’ prohibited my nieces from staying with me and that it was really a matter of insurance liability. I informed them that I would be happy to add them to my room and pay for the additional persons. I also explained, if it was a matter of receiving consent, I would be able to have their guardian complete a consent form. The owner continued to claim now that it was the insurance that wouldn’t allow it. When I asked for proof of insurance so I could contact the insurer to inquire of this, they would not provide it. I also asked for information as to the specific statute where this behavior expressed as a violation of Maine law.
Eventually, Eileen conceded that this decision was hers and hers alone, making it clear to me that this was an act of discriminatory nature. For the sake of helping my family in a time of need, I did not force the issue at that point in time. However, looking back, I do think it is important for others to know that this is how this establishment is run. In researching, I found Maine’s Human Rights Act, Title 5 Chapter 337 which states that at a place of public accommodation, including a Hotel/Motel, it is unlawful for any representative of the accommodation, including the owner, lessee, proprietor, manager, superintendent, agent of employee of any public accommodation for lodging, etc, to directly or indirectly refuse or withhold from or deny to any person on the basis that children will occupy the unit. As expressed in Maine law, the motel directly violated Maine law by prohibiting me from accommodating my nieces.
The low rating I am giving is not only based on the above noted discrepancy, but also due to the extreme limitations and restrictions the owners placed on the property as well as uncleanliness.
-Room servicing requirements were a hassle. They insisted that someone inspect and clean your room every day. Thus ‘do not disturb’ signs did not exist.
-Despite ‘cleaning’ rooms every day, the place had cockroaches, which I had the pleasure of spotting at 2am, day of departure. This meant upon returning from my trip, I had to sanitize everything to make sure I didn’t bring their bugs into my own home.
-Someone else’s hair was left in the sink and bath drains from the prior stay.
-They had limited hours on the pool. The opening times were vague. Even when we asked, they would say it would open at 8 am and when I went to swim at 11:30 am it was still closed. It would always close at 7 pm.
Overall, the place was just unpleasant. This motel certainly will not provide a relaxing getaway. As with my experience, the place itself manifested several problems, making the trip entirely unenjoyable. I would not recommend this motel to anyone, in fact, if you must stay in Cornish Maine, which within itself is a charming little town, stay at the Cornish Inn. It comes highly recommended from everyone I know that has stayed there.