What is the worst hotel you've ever encountered?

Canada
April 29, 2007 1:08am CST
Out of all of the ones I've stayed at over the years, one in particular stands out. After travelling a few hours from home to attend my stepson's wedding, my daughter, sister, and her 2 kids decided to spend a couple of nights at a local motel. A reservation had been made by phone. While I was standing in the receiving line, my niece (then 15) came through, and said something like "Oh Auntie, wait until you see where we're staying tonight ... it's awful." They'd checked in before the wedding. After a tiring day, my sister drove the fairly short distance from where the wedding was held to this 'motel.' I'd been dozing off, and awakened when the car stopped, wondering where we were. I could'nt believe my eyes, as she'd pulled up in front of a run down looking building, with overgrown grass and weeds choking the pathway to our room door. Things got even worse when we entered the room, as it was so filthy, with cobwebs in the corner, a bathroom that looked like it hadn't been cleaned in decades, complete with some 'creepy crawlies', and dirty sheets on the beds. There was no one on duty at the desk, and it was very late, so we slept on the top of the beds, and my nephew slept on a couple of chairs pushed together. At one point I woke up, and thought he was missing, but he'd actually fallen to the floor (yuck) off of the chairs. The next morning, we got out of there as fast as we could, and spent the next night in a lovely Inn, that was around the same price as we'd paid for that horrible place. There never was anyone at the desk that we saw, other than when my sister had checked in. All that was missing there was 'Norman Bates!' Have you ever had bad accomodations in your travels? How did you handle the situation, and what did you learn from the experience? Thanks for sharing your stories with us.
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• United States
29 Apr 07
I visited a tropical country before, and it was a spur-of-the-moment thing between me and my friends, so we weren't able to make reservations. We planned on just getting into the first motel that we could find, then look for a better one that suited our tastes, if ever. The motel we got into was not very cheap, but really had very cheap fixtures! The worst thing is the plumbing which didn't work well. There were two toilets both with very poor plumbing, the surroundings were noisy (bad neighborhood), and the place was already run-down. It was our worst nightmare, so we left first thing in the morning the following day!
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• Canada
30 Apr 07
I can relate to this for sure. Our plumbing at the place I mentioned was a mess as well, along with everything else. You did the best thing like us, and got out of there as soon as possible. Thanks for sharing.
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@microzeta (245)
• United States
29 Apr 07
You didn't state where this motel was, and that's important because you may or may not have had an ability to seek legal recourse.
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• Canada
30 Apr 07
I didn't mention the location of the motel because this took place going on five years ago, this summer. I believe what could've happened, is that the upkeep likely just got to be too much for the owner, and so they shouldn't really have been in the business anymore. It just makes for an interesting topic ... somewhat. Thanks for your response.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
30 Apr 07
I haven't traveled much in my life, but one motel we stayed at once, did not have air conditioning and we couldn't stand to be inside it was so hot.
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• Canada
30 Apr 07
This reminds me of a motel in B.C. that I visited with a friend one time. It was during a heat wave, and the air conditioning wasn't working, and neither was the fan in the room ... unbearable. Thanks winterose.