[buffalonian] I'd take any of those motels over a sterile, soulless "high-end" hotel. They're authentic, and have character and grit. [/buffalonian]
Anyhow, this is probably a good place to reiterate my rules of hotels to avoid. They include anyplace with:
- a number in its name. Super 8 as a last resort, which is okay. No oddball local chains with numbers ever, like "Value 7" or "Hotel 5".
- the words "value", "budget", "discount" or anything similar in its name.
- the words "deluxe", "luxury", "executive" or anything similar in its name.
- the words "travel" and "host" too, while we're at it.
- signs that proclaim "AMERICAN OWNED". There's still independent motels that reek of curry, but now the vast majority of "Patel motels" are professionally managed branches of chains.
- dated information on the signs ("COLOR TV", "AIR CONDITIONING", "Mastercharge, BankAmericard and Diner's Club accepted", etc.)
- galley/common balcony-style room access.
- portable signs.
- Days Inn branding. It's like playing the lottery; sometimes they're fantastic, other times you'd be better off in a hobo camp.