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    Ever stay in a bad hotel?

    This guy has made a YouTube show out of them. I cant stop watching these.

    His Dead Mall series is great too. The mall I used to go to was featured once which was sad and fascinating at the same time.

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    Made an ill fated trip to Arizona once. Montezumas revenge. The hotel room was fine upon check in but the poor housekeeper fell backwards out of the room when she tried walking in. We were sitting in the car, ready to leave as we watched her go in. She didn't notice we had placed the little trash can outside the door. Fair warning flag. You can't puke in a toilet when somebody is sitting on it. hit the bath tub. Then rotate. You puke in the tub while I take the throne. It was a combat situation, thank god it was my brother. 12 hours of living hell, fox hole living.
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    Yes, the Cypress Tree Inn in Lafayette, LA. It's apparently been torn down in the past year. Thank God.

    This was back when I was doing fiber optic work and was on a per diem for expenses. My partner found a coupon for the place at only $30 a night!!!

    It looked like an old Holiday Inn or Ramada inn built back in the late 50's. The place was huge with multiple buildings.
    Some of buildings had holes in the roofs, others we could see the rooms were stacked with furniture and appliances. As we went around to complex to our room there's derelict vehicles, some on blocks. On the backside of the nice shrubs that line the road up to the hotel, toilets. Lots of them that you couldn't see from the road all lined up. Uh oh.

    Our rooms were nasty, old beat up furnishings, moldy, nasty dirty bathrooms. I brought my own bedding in as there was no way I was going to pull back their sheets and sleep directly on the mattress. Basically it was a home for the homeless or those down on their luck or druggies. You could stay there for $170 a week and get one meal a day in their restaurant. There was a swamp behind the building that would've been cleaner and safer to stay in. We went somewhere else the 2nd night we stayed.

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    Yes...last year in Newton, Iowa for the IndyCar race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeseczar View Post
    Yes...last year in Newton, Iowa for the IndyCar race.
    Please share the name so I can steer clear of the joint.

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    I believe it's the Comfort Inn(?)

    Hotels for Iowa Indy race, My recommendation is the Colfax Inn or the Microtel @ the Colfax exit just west of Newton. I drive by it frequently and both are clean and up to date.

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    On 2 occasions I left my paid Hotel and slept in my car. Mind you I was young and the price paid wasn't worth arguing about a refund.
    I'm fairly sure both were used as a biological hazard containment room, or a mob murder centre.
    Now I'm all about Hotels.com and booking 10 and getting one free.

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    Minneapolis one time, last minute trip to pursue a lawsuit I had filed. Same weekend as a Packers game, every room was booked. Had a racer with me, room was awful. Smoke was so bad, we left the door open 6 inches and pushed a dresser against the door and slept in our clothes. Showered with our socks on threw them away.

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    In Georgia.
    We bought sheets and towels and air freshener at Walmart.
    There was taco sauce on the walls and graffiti on the mirror.
    And a sign at the front desk which informed those guests staying by the hour that they would be charged for a full day if they over stayed the 2 hour maximum.
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    I forget where it was but the former Mrs and I got a cheap motel once and the headboard fell off when I laid down on the bed to watch TV.

    My girl and I found a cheap place in Savannah last Spring.
    It wasn't great but it was "good enough"

    Well, we could have done without the nightclub literally 15 feet from our room. I guess our room was right on the property line just like the nightclub was. It didn't keep us up all night but it was an issue.

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    I spent the night in jail, in the Wilcox Hotel.

    I once stayed in a motel in south New Mexico off I-10. Something told me to look under the mattress and there were a couple good sized, live scorpions loitering there. That was no surprise to the manager, he shrugged and gave me a different room. That night was an uneasy sleep.

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    When I went to Europe with my dad a couple of years ago we were trying to keep our costs down a bit, as it turns out the French are experts at el cheapo (Le Cheap?) hotel chains. If you are ever there avoid the chains "B & B" and "HotelF1", the latter makes Motel 6 look like the Ritz Carlton

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    Yep once in Jackson Michigan when i was attending the 1st Michigan 500...

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    Went to Indianapolis to see a buddy of ours race in TransAm at Raceway Park, the road course. Checked into the hotel, went to the room, and there was a dinner tray outside the door. Room not made up. Told the desk clerk. It was drizzling, so we went for rain ponchos. Came back, tray still outside the door. Went to the races. After it was over, went back to the room. Tray still outside the door. Went to clerk again. Went to eat, came back. Finally, room O.K. It was one of those big chains.

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    Days Inn, Ann Arbor, MI. Staying there for Michigan 500. Young and naive and thought the big chains had decent standards. I’v learned which chains to avoid and TripAdvisor is your friend.

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    In town for work....I stayed at the (at the time) Quality Inn just off 469 in Ft. Wayne. Oof. Got to my room, no cable. IU hoops was on that night. Went to the bar, no cable there too. Had to drive to a local bar to watch the game. Got back and noticed the room was cold. Heater wasn’t working properly, it was barely putting anything out. It had snowed a good bit the day prior and the lot was still not plowed. I bundled up and roughed it, room was pretty lousy too in terms of cleanliness....but I was young and didn’t know any better. It has changed names several times, the FunDome was one....now it’s something else advertising $35 a night rooms. It’s close to 2 big strip clubs, and when I drove past last time I noticed cars full of stuff like clothing and such, suggesting it had become a place where people “live” for more than a hotel stay. One of those types of places. The Red Roof Inn up there is also notorious for being bad as it’s literally next to one of said strip clubs. I stay at the newly renovated Wyndham Garden hotel now. Much nicer.

    One other time, I had to work a convention in French Lick. I had been a bonehead and forgot to book a room beforehand and it was sold out (both West Baden and French Lick Resort). It was before several nice hotels were built in town, so I had to settle for a little Psycho-esque motel east of French Lick towards Paoli. Old school, rooms opened right to the parking lot. 20” tube tv, cold shower, paper thin blankets. I was drinking back then so I stopped and bought some liquor to help me sleep bc I knew I wasn’t getting any without it. Ended up falling asleep to fuzzy late night tv. This was around 2006 or so.

    As a kid we didn’t have a lot of money, so road trips often were in cheap motels. Some had the vibrating beds, which we thought were pretty funny as kids. Dad tried to keep us away from the real dives though.
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    I walked out of a paid room at a Motel 6 back when the 6 meant something because the room was so filthy.

    There was a cigarette butt on the bedspread and I had no interest in finding out what might lay underneath that bedspread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Capua View Post
    There was a cigarette butt on the bedspread and I had no interest in finding out what might lay underneath that bedspread.
    Watch the video I shared in post #1 and you'll never sleep on a hotel bed again.

    I used to seek out a Motel 6 if I was on the road. Nothing fancy but reliable. No idea if they've slipped over the years

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbholland View Post
    One other time, I had to work a convention in French Lick. I had been a bonehead and forgot to book a room beforehand and it was sold out (both West Baden and French Lick Resort). It was before several nice hotels were built in town, so I had to settle for a little Psycho-esque motel east of French Lick towards Paoli. Old school, rooms opened right to the parking lot. 20” tube tv, cold shower, paper thin blankets. I was drinking back then so I stopped and bought some liquor to help me sleep bc I knew I wasn’t getting any without it. Ended up falling asleep to fuzzy late night tv. This was around 2006 or so.
    I know that place. Gutsy move staying there. Better choices in Jasper, not too far away.

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    This was in 1976 and I had driven down from F. E. Warren in Cheyenne down to Denver for an appointment with a Specialist at the Hospital @ Ft. Reed in Denver.

    I had used Motel 6 routinely during my college years driving out to Oregon and when I was in the USAF. Times when all I needed was a cot. One year driving out to Oregon I stopped at a Rest Area in Nebraska during a snow storm and laid down on a ledge in the Men's room. Something after hearing about it my Dad told me to get a room and he would pay for it. He just didn't want someone knocking on the door to tell my Momma that I had been killed in the bathroom of a Interstate Rest Area. I was a little cheap back in the day but right after that I first learned about Motel 6 and 6 bucks for a cot seemed okay and never went to Dad for reimbursement.

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    Staying in a Days in just north of Louisville on 65 many years ago. Was on the 3rd or 4th floor. Was woke up by a ping pong table coming through our front window. True story. Some people were trying to carry it to their room on the floor above us.

    Found a snake in a room in Houston 3 years ago.

    I pulled a prank and buddy of mine a couple of years ago. We get each other at pranks for years. For some reason when I checked in about 6 earlier than he, they gave me both of our room's keys. I had to use the bathroom in a bad way. Went to his room, turned off the water to the toilet and flushed it dry. Did my business. Before I left, I turned the heat to max in his room. About 5 hours later, he got there. He picked up his key from me. I watched him open the door to his room. It was priceless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m500 View Post
    Please share the name so I can steer clear of the joint.
    Super 8. Thought because of the small town it would not be the stereotypical Super 8.
    My buddy and I both put reviews on Trip Advisor if you are so inclined.

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    The Baymont Inn , Wilmington , Ohio had bed bugs when I stayed there while working on the first Avengers movie back in 2011.
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    Yes, but after I decided 20 years ago to only stay at Hilton and Marriott brands I have not had a bad hotel experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeseczar View Post
    Super 8. Thought because of the small town it would not be the stereotypical Super 8.
    My buddy and I both put reviews on Trip Advisor if you are so inclined.
    Thanks, I'll pass..

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevMcNJ View Post
    This guy has made a YouTube show out of them. I cant stop watching these.

    His Dead Mall series is great too. The mall I used to go to was featured once which was sad and fascinating at the same time.

    These are hilarious - thanks for sharing.
    Eff LBD!

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    I've had a few hotel stays, mostly motels, to where I now have an RV for traveling. I'm on about a 6 week trip now.
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