These people treated me in a way that was unbearable. There's a scrounging, mean attitude. Like the time I ran out of toilet paper. I looked around & there was no spare roll. Presumably to save a dollar now and then, since someone might decide to steal a spare roll ... So I had to go to the office in a dirty state and ask them for more toilet paper.
I stayed there three days, and they seemed to decide towards the end that it was OK to be intrusive and overbearing. The guy let himself into my room before I had checked out - I came back to find the door open and him doing something in there. One thing a motel room is FOR, is privacy! While you rent it, that space is supposed to be private space. He kept on wanting to barge in there, to replace towels or whatever; addressed me over this or that when I went out into the parking lot. One time I went out, leaving my window open; he comes up to me and says "Your window's open!" I tell him I'm airing the room out; so then he tells me to close it when I go to sleep.
I wasn't planning to sleep with the window open. You wouldn't want to there, because of the road noise. But if I did want to leave the window open, surely that would be my business.
They're very in-your-face. I went to the office at 9 PM to ask them to dispose of some garbage (which had mold in it so I couldn't leave it in my room overnight). So the woman grouchily does so, then she tells me the carpet was too messy in my room! It was all dry stuff on the carpet, which couldn't have taken them more than a couple minutes extra to vacuum up. I'd spilled some dry grain accidentally. I couldn't believe she would make an issue of it. (what would these people do if you got peanut butter on the carpet? Call the police?) She asked me what I was doing in my room, and what the little grains were. Within reason, it's my own business what I do in my room.
It's more of the scrounging, mean attitude. Their idea seems to be that this is an "economy" place, therefore they can harass you with trivial complaints and control you in irritating ways.
You have to call the office to get your phone set so you can make outside calls - another petty annoyance. Why don't they just turn the phone on when you move in? Another save-a-few-pennies economy?
The toilet valve apparently leaked sometimes, so the water would run a bit to fill up the tank, now and then - which makes noise. I had to shut off the water supply to the toilet so it wouldn't bother me.
It's close enough to Rt. 13 so I needed to wear earplugs to sleep.
And the wireless internet was horrible. The signal quality was very bad, so you can't connect a lot of the time, and the internet connection kept shutting off. I guess they got some kind of "Economy" wireless that doesn't work well.
There are a lot of motels just outside Ithaca city limits, that are cheaper. I think they can charge less because they don't pay Ithaca taxes. The trick seems to be to find one where they treat you well and with respect.
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