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Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
May 3, 2013 - 12:31am PT
Barstow/Beaumont area...

Speaking of Banning, there was a place called the Shady Lady right next to the 10. I didn't actually stay there, just went out there to do a property and topo survey for a cell phone tower.

It was a small place and really spooky. It had seen better days. I was running the gun and set up outside one of the rooms, so I got to watch the whole spectacle.

This shave headed tweaker comes out of this room and walks over to a big rock in the yard, and rolls it over. He goes back in, and comes out with a shovel, and starts digging. Finishes the hole and goes back inside and comes out with a small, dead(?) puppy, throws it in the hole, fills it in, and rolls the rock back in place.

At least, I think it was a puppy.

Trad climber
New River, AZ
May 3, 2013 - 12:51am PT
The worse, the better. Some hole along Flagstaff Rt 66. Paint peeling , ants crawling up the wall and overhead over the bed. Sleeping became a lesson in hearing what dropped on the sheets after the light went out. The nose became familiar with musty carpet smells and the TV barely had a relation with cable or the clouds. Breakfast rocked with the taste of 5 gallon aluminum totally fried coffee brewsky and stale wannabee bagels. Bananas were in season; pancakes were not. God that was the best experience ever...

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
May 3, 2013 - 01:17am 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.

More Mojave. Why? Blown head gasket.

All I could hear was the trains running through the room next door all night and the sounds of Tim Leary debating that guy from M.I.T on TV.

I do not remember what it cost, but no cage, it was clean ... an all around 4 on the scale of 10.


Big Wall climber
Richmond, CA
May 3, 2013 - 02:31am PT
Good lord, I am not worthy. Even the dead body (GSW), on the landing at the La Quinta in San Antonio is a HUGE step up from your bad hotels. Jesus....I'm itching just reading this thread.

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
May 3, 2013 - 07:25am PT
COT...that's a sad piece of photo evidence.

It's a toss up between two, and both were too bad to stay.

1. The Muir Lodge. We stayed their once for a "treat" on our anniversary when I was supposed to start a wall in the morning and the "good night's sleep" and shower seemed like a good idea. Those cabins looked so sweet and like such a bargain, but there was a small army of squirrels tending their acorns in the metal roof all night long. I know that sounds fussy compared to places with tweakers burying puppies, but it was like having your head in a garbage can while someone banged on it. We ended up sleeping in the truck anyway.

2. A fleabag crack hotel along the road outside of SLC. The room was one big, gross ashtray. I couldn't stomach it.

Honorable Mention: The most expensive room I ever stayed in (Hyde Park Hilton, compliments of my company) was super posh but still didn't get me a decent night's sleep as there was a drunken domestic disturbance in the hall outside my door at 3 a.m. that threatened to hurt me as well and didn't disappear until I called security who was in no hurry to deal.

Trad climber
May 3, 2013 - 10:02am PT
At least, I think it was a puppy.

Trad climber
Dec 30, 2015 - 12:11pm PT
Great yelp review of the Tonopah,clown motel;

Dec 30, 2015 - 12:38pm PT
Plenty of bad ones out there. I think a more useful thread would be reasonably priced good ones near climbing areas.

now that I have actually started reading through it it is a pretty good thread

Boulder climber
Dec 30, 2015 - 12:59pm PT
Communist Yugoslavia- 1987, before the wall came down.

I'm pretty sure they were spitting in my food.

Dec 30, 2015 - 01:03pm PT
Did it have an extra creamy smoothness?
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Dec 30, 2015 - 01:40pm PT
Worst? My Trip Advisor review went something like this:

Knight's Inn
South Charleston, WV

"If you are in this town, and it is minus 50 degrees, and snowing hard, and all of the other hotels in the region are completely booked - then sleep in your car instead this hotel."

I used to stay at this cheap hotel because it was cheap and I stayed in hotels 15-20 nights per month for my own personal company. I routinely found used condoms in sheets and cigarette butts in the shower and turds in the toilet


Social climber
Dec 30, 2015 - 02:12pm PT
Driving the Route 2 Highline enroute to Glacier NP from Minnie...was getting close to "stop time" so my brother & I consulted the map and saw "Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs"....mmmmmm, hot springs.

Turned north in the middle of nowhere & went about 7 miles north of nowhere, pulled in to a decrepit parking lot with a defunct / rusted / falling apart waterslide behind. Clerk looked like Norm Bates' cousin, unkempt & scabrous with cornflake-sized dandruff decorating his shoulders.

Room was $30, cat piss scent was complimentary. Scary beds we slept on top of not in, running water & toilet water was the hot spring, rusty red & stinky.

The hot spring "pool" inside the complex was slick with algae....BUT still felt great like only hot springs can, especially after a long drive & couple of brews & bats. "Restaurant" / dance hall also had some really tasty chicken-fried steak strips...I can only hope they were actually beef.

My bro's comment was that if he had been travelling with his girlfriend they never would have even walked into the room...
another nickname

Social climber
Yazoo Ms
Dec 30, 2015 - 02:21pm PT
I've never stayed at a cheap motel that I didn't basically enjoy (though I've never encountered excessive insects).

No expectations to live up to. And I get to watch the Weather Channel and stuff like that -- a great novelty for me. I also enjoy reading the phone book (if available).

Boulder climber
Dec 30, 2015 - 02:56pm PT
come to think of it...

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 30, 2015 - 03:00pm PT
I also enjoy reading the phone book (if available).

There is also the Gideon Bible in the dresser.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Dec 30, 2015 - 03:10pm PT
Can I change my vote?

Many decades in the past I stayed in a hooker's hotel in the Philippines for $3, where the bed sheets were vinyl - and they needed to be.

The room came with a girl, but I paid for the deluxe suite. For another $15 the room came with 6 girls, so I was willing to tolerate vinyl bed sheets.

Trad climber
Dec 30, 2015 - 05:21pm PT
There was some dump I checked into on north line in Bishop. On the left side of north line. Once I opened the door I threw up in my mouth. The bed looked like crap. The bathroom looked like crap. The host were crap. Can't remember the name; probably because I don't even want to think about it.

Ended up leaving for another hotel.

Trad climber
Hoodland, Oregon
Dec 30, 2015 - 05:53pm PT
Ama Dablam View Hotel, Chukkung

When the wood stove smoke got to be too much, we escaped outside, until the wind and cold forced us back in. I think it might have originally been a yak herder's hut.
Credit: Joron
French fries were good though, and we were impressed when our hosts washed and rinsed the dishes with boiling water. Then they grabbed a filthy towel hanging off the wall to dry everything.
Credit: Joron


"STFU n00b!!!"
Dec 30, 2015 - 05:55pm PT

The ones that charge by the hour...

mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Dec 30, 2015 - 05:59pm PT
Rented s room at the post office in Marcus, SD. Water came out orange.
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