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john hansen

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 29, 2013 - 01:03am PT
OK, I am in Barstow Ca and I paid 50 bucks,, after running the ac for 2 hour's the indoor temp was hotter than outside 95 deg. They did finally move me to a differnt room where the AC worked.

Yes a 1'st world problem.

I did not have to squat over a hole,,,

I'm sure many of you have much worse storie's.

Let's hear them. And yes I have little experiance in the third world.
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Apr 29, 2013 - 01:07am PT
Stayed in a motel that doubled as a residence for oil workers in Elk City, oklahoma once. Quite the experience
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 29, 2013 - 01:09am PT
Y'all shoulda seen that joint with the lone light bulb hanging from the ceiling in Squamish BITD.
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 29, 2013 - 01:11am PT
lol

Ever been to Poland in the 70'?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 29, 2013 - 01:13am PT
Tovarish Drool, been there, done that; the Squamish Hotel was the standard.
The standard of the low end.
jfailing

Trad climber
PDX, North Slope, The Open Road
Apr 29, 2013 - 01:14am PT
I lived at the Caprice Motel, in Taft CA, for most of a year. Extreme heat, non-working AC, and roaches.

Here it is in its glory:


The people who owned it were nice, and there was a pool. I guess it really wasn't that bad, but when you live in a motel for a while, it starts to suck pretty hard...

Hotels/Motels in oil-towns are supposed to be pretty bad I think. The Caprice was the nice one too - the "Topper" down the road had an even worse roach problem...
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Apr 29, 2013 - 01:17am PT
I have upgraded to slightly more expensive rooms, from bad-nights in my youth at $50.00 motel rooms.

I do vividly remember nights with: no AC, no heat, no hot-water, dog-shit in the hall, screaming-fits and death-threats at all hours, in adjacent rooms, whores in the parking lot, and trashed vehicles next to mine.

You don't get entirely away from those experiences as you pay more, but the incidence goes down.

Enjoy your travel!
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Apr 29, 2013 - 01:17am PT
Wow, I stayed at the Topper in Feb! No bugs but yep, low rent.
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 29, 2013 - 01:26am PT
I remember once in the Four Seasons in Santa Barbara they forgot to change the flowers in the guest room. I will never stay in that "hotel" again!
TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Apr 29, 2013 - 01:45am PT
Super-8 in Bremerton, WA is a dank, smoked out and moldy hell-hole of a flea-bitten bed for 95 bucks, and will permanently go down as the worst hotel I've had the extreme displeasure of having to stay at. It was worse than a $6/night former brothel next to a cement plant in Chichiriviche, Venezuela where cockroaches scurried from beneath the sheets when pulled back, a bent nail fastened the door at night, and if you wanted to "flush" the toilet, you had to fill a bucket from an open well with naked kids running around in dust and dirt and swimming in it. At least this place tried to have class and didn't over charge. Besides, the opened shutters on the windows (no glass windows) let a fine coastal breeze enter the room for a fantastic night's sleep. Much better than the drunkard-filled and stinky, low ceiling Super-8 I had to stay at once (and last) in Bremerton.
paul roehl

Boulder climber
california
Apr 29, 2013 - 02:01am PT
Motel in Mojave... used my drop cloth on the bed, slept in my sleeping bag. Paid 40 bucks to some guy in a cage. Just plain freaky place. Strange noises all night long.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Apr 29, 2013 - 02:48am PT
There are many of them in south India, especially Mumbai/Bombay, and the worst part of it is, they are rated three and four stars. The problem is that they're built to western standards with wall to wall carpeting in a wet monsoon climate and then the hotels save money in the off season by not running the air con. The result is they look nice but reek of heavy mold which I'm allergic to. We arrived at one around midnight where the sheets were gray and clammy and yes roaches, and the door lock wouldn't work. The windows are painted shut because there's supposed to be air con and the European engineers didn't think windows are safe on a high rise anyway.

I piled heavy furniture against the door and slept on the marble floor on my sleeping bag with towels for covers in the bathroom as that had the least mold and was coolest. The rest of the trip I paid for a separate room in an Indian style hotel around the corner from these various monstrosities where my group was staying ,which were done sensibly with open windows, overhead fans, mosquito nets, and cement or marble floors and no smell.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Apr 29, 2013 - 02:50am PT
Then of course there are the guest houses on the Everest trek that have bed bugs which can mostly be avoided by sleeping on the balcony instead of in the rooms.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 29, 2013 - 02:53am PT
The Green Spot in Victorville,Kali. But that was a motel.
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Apr 29, 2013 - 02:57am PT
flew to South Bend, Indiana,
told the cab driver to take me to the cheapest hotel in town,

big mistake,

the lady in the cage took my money and asked if her daughter could help me take my luggage upstairs,

here daughter was a workin girl,

kept knockin on my door all night asking me if i wanted to buy some weed,

what kind of a mom would pimp her daughter off?

all night long crack dealers were coming and going in their low riders with sub wolfers shaking the whole place til the sun came up,

for some folks this might seem like heaven on earth,





Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Apr 29, 2013 - 03:01am PT
Train horns at 4am, check.


White mold puffy thing growing in coffee pot, check.


done a few in my time. Now that I've been educated by the mrs. I am spoiled. I used to be able to stay in real divey places.

Now, it's gotta be nice, or I'm out.


But I often sleep best in the back of my truck with the side windows open on a cool breeze night up high in the pines (after the pollen counts go down). Glorious.
rich sims

Social climber
co
Apr 29, 2013 - 04:43am PT
It was Thirty years ago. My new wife and I were on a road trip. Thought we would drop down the coast of Mexico.
Had a picture of the hotel on the beach.
Turns out they had reclaimed part of the bay and made new building sites between the hotel and the beach.
The bed dipped to the middle , we laughed about it, the food and drinks were great we were much younger.
Alpamayo

Trad climber
Chapel Hill, NC
Apr 29, 2013 - 10:00am PT
I once stayed in a seedy motel in Soccoro (sp?), NM while doing a bike tour that had what looked to be an enormous blood stain (think the size of a person) on the carpet next to the bed.
TWP

Trad climber
Mancos, CO
Apr 29, 2013 - 10:05am PT
Colombian "hotels" that cost $1/night. It's been a long time: 1971. I didn't suffer as much as my girlfriend; the fleas preferred her. She was a full bore flea magnet in buses, movie theaters, crowds. She'd ask me, "Can't you feel them jumping on you?" Mostly the answer was no.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Apr 29, 2013 - 10:15am PT
Blood on the carpet reminds me of a motel in Durango, Colorado where my 84 year old mother and I stayed about 5 years ago. The whole place reeked of chlorox but it was the last available room. There were flowers in front of the door when we checked in. Eventually we found a card with a name that sounded Native American and a note that said "I'm so sorry". We called the front desk to report it and the manager and police arrived asking questions. In the meantime I noticed relatively fresh blood on the back of the front door. It turned out a young girl had been murdered there the night before and the flowers might be a clue. By this time we were thoroughly creeped out.The manager let us stay in the manager's apartment instead since she lived at home. We were out of there at dawn!

I don't know if they ever solved that murder and if it was drugs or prostitution gone wrong but the police noted she had gone in there with three guys. She was brutally beaten and blood everywhere, hence the chlorox smell, yet not one of the other guests reported an altercation to management or police. I can't remember the name of the place now but it was a respectable looking establishment.
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