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Social climber
Boulder Canyon Colorado
Apr 29, 2013 - 10:32am PT
Stayed at the Rocket Motel in Salina Kansas one night on the way back to Boulder. $8.

Credit: FGD135

Mountain climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Apr 29, 2013 - 10:38am PT
Some pigstye of a place in Vernal, UT.

Never planned to be there. . . but. . . ended up there with my FiveStar traveling pal, Joni, from Philly. The entire town was full of contract workers and everything was booked except this one place. . . we got a room and one of the beds was soaking wet.


So they moved us into the last room. . . and there were box elder bugs all over the walls. . . CREEPY TIPI!

I thought that might be the end of my "Private Guide To The Universe" position for Joan. . . but to this day, when we hit the road twice a year, we still joke about VENEREAL, Utah.


Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Apr 29, 2013 - 10:40am PT
Not sure I've ever stayed at an actual "Hotel", but plenty of motels, and some real sh#t holes too. Wish I could remember the name of the one run by white trash mormons in Utah. The worse by a long shot.

^^Kath, might be the same place! lol

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Apr 29, 2013 - 10:40am PT
I won't even include the Third World variety....totally unfair comparison.

Here in the States....a pitiful place in Boron, California, when the car broke down in the summer heat....with my wife, newborn son, and big old dog on board.

Pretty sure it was one of those places that they rent by the hour....a complete hell hole only made worse by the murderous heat of the summertime in the Mojave desert.

Should have taken our chances in the car....

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Apr 29, 2013 - 10:44am PT
Ha I almost stayed at that super-8 in Bremerton TM Jesse. Too expensive, went to The Cheiftan, Cheap at about half that rate and somewhat better than average for a 1 star tweaker infested residential motel where the entertainment consists of rating the quality of loud arguments at 2am.

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Apr 29, 2013 - 10:48am PT
Running a close second was a place in Wenatchee, Washington. Things kept sticking to the floor....and the floor was carpeted.

Still makes me gag.

Trad climber
Apr 29, 2013 - 10:49am PT
I stayed in a 50 cent a night place in India once. Rats were no extra charge.

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Apr 29, 2013 - 11:10am PT
Clown Motel in Tonopah, NV. If you need a place to stay while driving through NV in the middle of nowhere, there aren't many choices. I think two in Tonopah. Of the two I've always chosen the Clown.
It's not awful, but it certainly has alot of "character".

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Apr 29, 2013 - 11:15am PT
steveP...I drove by the clown last was booked..i laughed....i use to climb with a guy named Jim Butler and Tonopah has this event called Jim Butler days...makes me think of Jim...

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
Apr 29, 2013 - 11:27am PT
I won't sleep in them. At least not in United States. Doesn't matter if it's $50 bucks or $220. Even if the rest of my group heads on inside, I'll still sleep in the car.


Social climber
the Wastelands
Apr 29, 2013 - 11:32am PT

Apr 29, 2013 - 11:43am PT
Downtown Karachi Pakistan 1981. I didn't know you could have that many bedbugs. One guy couldn't possibly feed them all.

Trad climber
Newark, DE
Apr 29, 2013 - 11:46am PT
Not really a hotel, but the BOQs at Clear Air Station in Fairbanks, AK. The room was so small we could not even get our duffel bags in the room from the the front door without first going into the bathroom, turning 90 degrees, then moving into the bedroom.

On top of that, I had a 104 fever and there was no COLD water in the shower, only (very) hot water. No AC, 85 degrees, no darkness, and opening the window let in killer mosquitoes.

Course we only paid $15.

Tim S

Boulder climber
Apr 29, 2013 - 11:47am PT
Somewhere in northern slovakia 10 years ago. Two different experiences, one trip.

The first it became evident that the first hotel's primary business was not accomodation, but the brothel that occupied the entire 3rd floor (standing outside felt like a scene straight out of the leisuresuit larry 80s computer game...)

The second experience was staying in a converted mental asylum. Our slovakian wasnt very good (hows yours?) and we accidentally told the travel agent we needed to stay somewhere "cheap". This place was $3/night. We had the luxury of occupying the entire 2nd floor, a space that could've, and probably did, house scores of mental patients. It had the same decor as it probably did when in use, everything was bleached white and scrubbed down. Visiting the bathroom at night required crossing across a creepy, wide, tall hallway with no lighting except the moon through the windowpanes into a large soviet-style oversized bathroom, metal plating everywhere. It was something straight out of a Stephen King novel.

Jim Henson's Basement
Apr 29, 2013 - 11:48am PT
Some hotel down by the Anaheim Convention center is my worst memory. We were too wasted after a concert to drive home so we stumbled over to some hotel in walking distance. I think it was one of those pay-by-the hour working-girl hotels. Totally filthy. Everything was sticky. There was no running water except to the icky toilet. Meh.

Second worst was one in New Orleans. I moved an area rug and saw the clear blood-stained outline of a body on the carpet that they were trying to just cover up. Air conditioning didn't work and it was summer. They did move us to another room when we complained though.

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Apr 29, 2013 - 11:52am PT
Almost stayed at the Clown once, but the place gave us the willies. With those clown faces on the doors, it was too John Wayne Gacey like.

A few years ago we went to Elko to meet friends to hike Ruby Dome. Our good friend George W. from Pullman told us he was staying at the Elko Motel. We should've known better.

George's room was actually not too bad. He was up front, close to the road. My gf and I got put back in the dark corner of the parking lot next to the meth labs. The door to the room was a cheap door you would use in the interior of a house, say for a bedroom. No dead bolt.

Every time the ice shifted in our cooler, it sounded like someone was jiggling the door lock. Squeaky Fromme had just been released from prison that weekend and we'd both wake up screaming thinking it was her.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
WA, & NC & Idaho
Apr 29, 2013 - 11:52am PT
Some dump in Sagres Portugal, at least 10 roaches ran across the floor, they weren't even scared of us....:)

At least I had good friends to enjoy the experience with!!!!

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Apr 29, 2013 - 11:53am PT
You guys can afford hotels? :p

Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 29, 2013 - 12:12pm PT
Years ago my mother visited us from Poland and I took her to Hollywood.

The hotel wasn't horrible, but when my mom turned on the TV, we got blasted by a full on porn movie. lol

My VERY conservative catholic mother was so shocked, she looked at me in horror and froze. I took the remte from her hand and turned the TV off. I don't know whether they had any other programming.

Oh, in the morning our car was gone because I haven't noticed the parking restrictions.

What a mother and son trip!

Trad climber
Apr 29, 2013 - 12:37pm PT
Starlite in Ballard.

Don't do it.
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