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“Any port in a storm”
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Winesburg Motel
Ranked #1 of 1 Clyde B&B and Inns
Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Any port in a storm”
Reviewed August 9, 2011

Well, we stumbled upon this motel after finding "no vacancy" at about 15 different motels in a 30 mile area, and it was about 2am. We drove past the half-empty parking lot (should have been a clue) and did a U-Turn to the motel. Apparently we woke up the desk clerk, whose knowledge of English was limited. We were assigned a room, but when we asked if it were non-smoking, we were assigned a different room.

Given the state of the room it guards, I found the double doormats amusing. We opened the door to find horrid wood paneling and a musty smell. The AC had not been on, and no air at all had been circulating. The room was tiny for 4 people! You cannot walk all the way around the second bed because there is a fridge in the corner. The fridge was pretty much the only good point of the room, since it gave us a place to unpack our cooler items. But the fridge hadn't been cleaned out--there was a free Bud Light still sitting in it! (Yeah, we left it there...) Oh, and the drawers to the desk had not been cleaned...ever?

There was soap in the bathroom--Motel 6 soap! (It amused us to think that this place was possibly a decommissioned Motel 6; Not meeting Motel 6's high standards...) There was no alarm clock in the room! It did have the mini fridge and a TV (which we did not try out.)

The price was right: $55 for 4 people. It would have been $45, but we had extra people. Not sure what we got for our extra $10, since it was not extra towels, and no other visible amenities. The bathroom seemed fairly clean, so that was a plus. But the rest of the room? I have never seen tinier in the country, and the cleanliness was questionable.

Overall: If it is 2:00am and your choice is keep driving or stay at the Winesburg Motel...well, I'd think long and hard about how tired you are. I guess we don't entirely regret it, but I would never voluntarily stay there again!

Room Tip: Make sure to ask for non-smoking if you want it. They seem to default to smoking rooms only.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

Stayed at this hotel in Clyde, Ohio based on the apparent AA rated recommendation in Jamie Jensen's Road Trip USA book. Now whilst I appreciate that that Jamie is trying to complete the whole 1950's & 60's traditional roadside motel experience for his readers I seriously doubt he has ever stayed here. The room had that stale smell like a house that has been unoccupied for several months mixed with ciggarette smoke and spilt beer. The mirrors on the ceiling was an uncomfortable concept in itself without having to wonder how they got the highly suspicious fingermarks all over them. The furniture was slowly falling apart and bed was unspeakably hard and uncomfortable. Fortunately it was hot enough to sleep on top of the bedcovers so we didn't dare venture inside them. To complete the experience in Hell's own hotel, what we didn't notice, having arrived after dark, was that our room backed directly onto a railway track. On the hour throughout the night we awoke to the lead in chorus of level crossing bells announcing the horn of a freight train that was so loud it sounded like the Wreck of the Ol' 97 was screaming through the bathroom. So unless you fancy a Motel experience so horrendous that the Coen Brothers couldn't dream it up, avoid the Winesburg in Clyde. In fact just keep going on down the road to Bellevue, much nicer town.

Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Winesburg Motel
Address: 214 E McPherson Hwy, Clyde, OH 43410-1240
Location: United States > Ohio > Clyde
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Clyde
Number of rooms: 17
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Winesburg Motel Clyde, Ohio

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