Wife planned a night away from the kids on short notice, and on a very tight budget (like most people these days). She doesn't travel often (like I have to do for work), and thus she really wouldn't know a Motel 6 from a Comfort Inn from a Radisson (well, at least not until our recent stay). So she dropped the kids off at the grandparents, and booked us a rooom at this Motel 6 on the Internet, as it was close to somewhere we wanted to go for breakfast the next morning. She won't make the same mistake (i.e., booking at this, or any, Motel 6) twice.
We check in around 6pm or so, I think, before we head out for dinner in nearby Old Town. She walks to the room (112), and I pull the car around back to the parking lot--only to be solicited by a hooker walking the property. (Uh, no thanks.) Besides the hooker, there were several other "interesting" characters loitering in the parking lot. I was sure to take my laptop, iPod, and anything else of value into the room, rather than leaving it in my car.
In the room, the carpet underneath, and in front of, the sink area is SOAKED. Not damp, but absolutely saturated, as if someone left a hose running on it. Of course, I just HAD to find that out by stepping in it while wearing socks, and wondering why my socks were increasingly taking on water. Disgusting and unsanitary. (And when I had checked in, the front desk person told the guy behind me that they were totally booked/sold out, and turned him away. So no chance of getting a different room.)
When my wife and I are leaving for dinner, the minute we walk out of our room, what do we see? The same hooker soliciting some construction workers (who were staying upstairs) right outside our door. I neither know nor care whether she had more success with them.
When we get back, my wife showers. And, after she dries off, what does she come to find out --- THE FREAKIN TOWEL WAS FILTHY DIRTY, and must have been hung back up before we came in (or just wasn't checked by the staff). And I mean dirty. There was visible, black dirt on the white towel (it just happened to be on the side facing the wall, so my poor wife didn't get to see it until AFTER she had dried off). Freakin disgusting! (And, knowing that I would blow up and want to immediately check out, she didn't tell/show me till the next morning, as she didn't want our one night away from the kids to be completely ruined.)
Lastly, when I go out later that night to get ice, there was ANOTHER PROSTITUTE prostitute patrolling the parking lot. (Don't people have Craigslist for that stuff now?) This was unreal, and VERY seedy. It was as if the hotel was hosting a "ladies of the night" convention.
So, be warned. If you're looking to hook up with a streetwalker in dirty motel room, then (based on my one experience) you may want to check out this Motel 6. Otherwise, spend the extra $30 or so for a more enjoyable stay somewhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Motel 6 is centrally located in the heart of San Diego. The location is convenient to all area attractions including the San Diego Zoo, Sea World - California and Fashion Valley Mall. WiFi available in all guest rooms for a nominal fee. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- San Diego Motel 6
- San Diego Motel Six
- Motel 6 San Diego
- Motel Six San Diego