Look, I don't mind paying $100 for a motel room with two beds if there's $100 worth of value associated with the room. Unfortunately, the Carter Mountain Motel seems to be just one more example of what's gone so terribly wrong with the hospitality industry in the greater Yellowstone-Teton region.
Let's begin with the bathoom. We could forgive the fact that the bathroom was exceptionally tiny. Imagine our surprise, however, when we read the small sign on the wall next to the toilet warning the guest to hold the handle on the toilet down for a minimum of 8 to 12 seconds to "assure an adequate flush." Well, in our experience, it really didn't matter how long we held the handle down. The toilet flow still seemed quite inadequate. Apparently, the motel management recognized this, too, because they provided a plunger for the guest to use in case of a plugged toilet. Ok, maybe it's just me, but I don't feel I should be wacked for $100 a night if I'm going to have to spend part of the evening using a plunger to unplug my motel room's toilet. Talk about audacity.
Ok, let's move on to the subject of sleep. Imagine how you would feel if you were forced to sleep next to the roar of a jet aircraft. Well, try sleeping next to the Carter Mountain Motel's air conditioning unit. If you turn it off, you bake in the heat of a typical Cody, Wyoming summer. If you turn it on, you might want to consider ear plugs because our unit was so loud I think I now should consider a hearing aid.
You know, years ago, one could travel with one's family to the Yellowstone-Teton family and pay for motels and meals for a reasonable price. Now, I'm inclined to believe that is no longer true. Families of modest means really don't have as many options when traveling to this area these days. After this most recent vacation, we're to the point where we're going to cross the Yellowstone-Teton region off our list of favorite leisure destinations. Some of you who own/manage the hospitality industry businesses in this area ought to be ashamed of yourselves.