having had five hours (barely) sleep at this motel in Florence, Oregon, i am cranky… and decided that i am going to put my crankiness to productive use and name names of the crappiest motels I’ve ever stayed in, as a warning to you, dear readers. Run do not walk away from these places or get your money back…
and why does it seem that too many Visitor Center employees are rude? aren’t they supposed to be paid friendly, kind and helpful???
for instance, the Visitor’s Center in Bodega Bay has a very cranky old lady there who got annoyed because I asked her a few questions… she is NOT doing her job, fire her !!!
now the Visitor’s Center folks in Medford and in Ashland, OR were wonderful, for the most part and the Visitor’s welcome centers in Yucca Valley, CA and Barstow, CA are really great… as are most of the visitor center folks in Laughlin and Jean, NV
a word about budget motels… this is any motel under $100 these days. Now as far as I am concerned, $50-70 is not so budget, $50 a night is $350 a week or $1,400 a month, when you can rent a place for $600-800 a month, $50 a night is not budget… now $10-30 is budget… and even so, if some innkeepers can provide a DECENT room for that price, then so can others… I don’t think that it is too much to ask for a motel for $50-70 to provide a decent room that is CLEAN, quiet, without bugs, fleas or other creatures, has amenities that work, like showers and toilets, does not smell, is nontoxic, etc. But apparently, some innkeepers provide crappy motel service and icky rooms and don’t mind charging for the bad experience.
The designation AAA approved apparently also does not mean anything anymore either so don’t be fooled. The motel we stayed at last night is supposed to be that. And I even looked at the room and thought it looked decent but I was wrong.
A couple of years ago, i stayed in Jean, Nevada, about 20 minutes south of Las Vegas at the Whiskey Pete’s and Nevada Landing (NL is closed now), for $20-22 a night, that’ s right, in 2006 i used to book rooms in casinos (pre-Cici)… with Travelworm (the regular rack rate was $27 a night)… they do not take pets. The rooms were not luxury suites but for the most part, they were decent, as were most of the casino rooms I stayed at in both Jean, Primm, Mesquite and Laughlin, Nevada. Yes, casinos offer great incentives such as cheap rooms and cheap food so that you will gamble your money away while you stay there. And they give comps too if you do. And who else can compete? Well, i think that if one motel can provide decent accommodation at an affordable price then so can others… period end of story.
it seems like any motel in or near Sacramento is the pits, the best place I stayed nearby was the Red Roof Inn in Rancho Cordova, but I went to a few other motels and blah, ick, eeewww… need I say more? and why is this????
i stayed at your motel and paid a few hundred dollars or $50 for one night and all I got was this lousy shampoo, body lotion or pastry… orange juice, coffee, donuts and english muffins do not a continental breakfast make… how about some fresh fruit you cheapskates for $80 a night, give me SOMETHING TO TAKE HOME ….
Top Ten Worst Motels on the Face of the Planet
1. Edgewater Hotel and Casino, Laughlin, NV, registration was a pain, I had to wait until 3 pm (never a problem anywhere else if i arrived early), after 3 pm, the room was still not ready, the people at the front desk were rude, and the room when it was supposed to be ready was not exactly clean, i yelled a lot and got a comp, $50 worth of food that i had to use all that same day, i ate in the restaurant and threw up all night, the maid threw away all of my shampoo, toothbrush, and other supplies because i traveled light, without luggage, and she thought that i checked out, so they comped me for the replacement of these items… I would definitely never stay there nor at the River Palms, who were rude on Xmas day… my favorite places bar none in Laughlin are Harrah’s and the Ramada Express… they do not allow pets though…
2. Blu Lite or Ripon Motel in Ripon, CA, back when i had my kitty cat Precious, who was the worst furry traveler ever, he cried the entire time i drove, we had the misfortune of stopping in this tiny town. I paid for the room, started to bring Precious inside and was told they do not allow pets and not only that but the guy would not give me my money back. I was exhausted and spent half the night in my car trying to console my cat. There is no reason to make people miserable. People make mistakes, why would you want to make an unhappy customer even unhappier by forcing them to pay and stay???
3. Motel 6’s used to be a good bargain place to stay. In a few locations, they still are pretty good but $50 a night is not such a bargain. Anyway, the Carson City, NV location is decent so is Ukiah, CA but some are decidedly not… I did write to the corporate folks because of the locations below and did get comped for a few nights. There are others in cities that i would not even consider staying at. Why doesn’t Motel 6 provide decent accommodations for an affordable price anymore??? They charge an extra $3 a day now for wireless internet, don’t have refrigerators in the rooms nor free breakfast and jack the rates on the weekends, holidays and in the summer.
Motel 6, Eureka, CA just plain stinks… the room was dirty, nothing worked in the room and when I complained, I got attitude. At least, they gave me my money back.
Motel 6, 29 Palms, used to be decent, but last time we were there was awful, bed bugs, noisy and not a great experience
Motel 6, Marina and Watsonville, CA, I was disappointed in the Marina because i had stayed there before and it was nice, but when I went back last year, i could not find a clean room, and finally settled for one i was not thrilled with. Watsonville is just plain NOISY.
Motel 6, Gilroy, used to be good but seems to be going downhill.
4. Budget Inn, off the 101, i never stayed here but i went there once when i was looking for a motel and it was JUST PLAIN DIRTY, i got my money back and left
5. Monterey Surf Motel, Monterey, CA, it was a hassle checking in with the dog and then the bathroom was not working properly and i woke up with bed bug bites, and they were rude about it all … recently, i stayed at the El Adobe Inn for $70 which was ok and I would stay there again… but affordable motels in Monterey are getting hard to come by… The Motel 6 is pricey and it was decent, i used one of my comp nights there…
6. Old Towne Inn, Florence, OR, the kid at the front desk does not have a clue about anything, cannot breathe due to stuff some places like this one use on the carpet, ugh, I was itchy all night, it was too hot, then too cold when he opened the window, i could not get a phone call through and he told me he did not know what to do, finally i suggested that he make the call for me which he did, but it was noisy and they have a million rules about pets, made me give them a credit card in case my dog did something terrible, ok, some pet owners make it bad for the rest of us by letting their pets go nuts in motel rooms, tearing up the places, you cannot bring your pet traveling and leave it alone in a strange place, duh…
7. Two motels in Laughlin, NV or Bullhead City AZ, for new years eve, i had to pay $100 for this DUMP because there was no other possibility… but the Lodge On The River had fleas and seemed dusty
8. El Rancho Delores motel in 29 Palms, CA, have had mixed experiences here, some good, one really bad, there was a rat or squirrel in my room, ick eeewww, need i say more? stay at the Best Western or the Roughley Manor B&B
9. Avi casino, Laughlin, NV, it was ok, but saw a bug or two
10. Aquarius, Laughlin NV
there were bedbugs, they took photos of the bites, red itchy welts i woke up with and they asked me a lot of questions and had me sign waivers (in case i decided to sue them afterwards)… i did not want a comp, why would i ever stay there again?
you are now warned… beware… and if any of the innkeepers at any of the above motels want their guests to have a good experience and are willing to take care of the problems, in other words, take responsibility, please let me know and I will let my readers know that you have repented and seen the light ! on the road again with your pup…
from the sublime to the ridiculous… paid $30 a night at the vet hospital for boarding cici in a cage, now these pet hotels charge $40-100 a night for pet lodging, cage free suites… so if these places are good enough for the dog, they might consider having motels that are decent for humans, too !!!
more pooching on the ritz…carlton that is…