Initially we planned to take a camping vacation in Canada, but changed our minds at the last minute when we learned that we could not bring fresh food, guns or medications & supplements (unless in original containers) across the boarder. So we didn't have time to plan our trip to Utah and didn't realize that without a prior reservation we couldn't get a motel in Salt Lake City when we arrived.
We were told by a motel clerk in Salt Lake City to head back North into Ogden where there might be a vacancy. Luckily my husband brought his laptop and we found a wi-fi hot spot. Just about everything in Ogden was booked up too, but this motel had a vacancy (no wonder!) so we booked it online and drove back into Ogden.
The motel is almost 2 miles off the freeway into what felt like a creepy part of town. When we found the motel, my impression was that it was probably built in the early 1960's, hadn't been remodeled since; it had a run-down look to it.
Our room was on the upper floor in the back of the motel and in order to get to our room we had to go through card locked glass doors on each floor with an interior corridor that also led to the pool. There was no exterior stairway that led directly from the exterior balcony to the parking lot. In addition to being inconvenient, it brought up exiting concerns. You have to use your motel key to get off the balcony and you have to go through a corridor to get out. What if the motel caught on fire or something and we needed to exit the motel quickly? (The motel didn't have an automatic sprinkler system) It appears the only quick way out is to jump off the 2nd story balcony and break your legs when you hit the ground!
Once in the interior corridor, it smelled very musty/moldy and it wreaked of chlorine from the pool.
I asked the clerk if the parking lot was safe because our SUV was full of camping gear. The clerk said they hadn't had any problems with break-ins and they had security cameras all around the motel. (Our SUV didn't get broken into or vandalized).
Anyhow, the carpet in our room was old/dirty/worn out and the room smelled strongly of some room deodorizer spray they used (probably to cover up other unpleasant odors). The exterior walls were solid panes of glass with curtains & doors into the rooms. That didn't make me feel safe even though we were both armed. There were no openable windows so we couldn't get any fresh air into the room and the wall mounted HVAC unit didn't have a "Fan Only" option to just bring in fresh air. The HVAC heating unit was very noisy and it kept coming off and on all night disturbing our sleep.
The beds were okay and I don't remember the shower being terrible like others have reported. They provided some shampoo and other amenities in what appeared to be an attempt to improve the appearance of the room. But the motel is in desperate need of a complete renovation! If it's too far gone for that, then they should demolish it and start over. I guess I'd have to say they tried to make it look a little better, but if you put lipstick on a pig
it doesn't transform the pig....
If our SUV wasn't full of camping gear, I would have felt better sleeping in the SUV. I wouldn't go back there and wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.
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