Urban planning community | #theplannerlife

+ Reply to thread
Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 60

Thread: Worst place you've stayed on a trip

  1. #1
    Cyburbian Zoning Goddess's avatar
    Registered
    Sep 1999
    Location
    400 miles from Orlando
    Posts
    13,856

    Worst place you've stayed on a trip

    Has this been done before? Did a search, didn't find it.

    Mine was a motel in Daytona Beach that a boyfriend took me to. Miniscule room, no rugs/carpet, non-adjustable thermostat, the proprietors were two Chinese guys with thick glasses who spoke minimal English. The lowest point was the towels. They were so worn, there was no "terry" left on the terry-cloth. I was afraid to touch anything. $18.99 a night. Ick.

  2. #2
    Cyburbian
    Registered
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Western Pennsylvania
    Posts
    4,614
    Some budget place on a geology field trip in Shenandoah Valley. The rooms were dirty, sma;; and stinky. We took the room chairs out onto the sidewalk and had a party. The less time spent in the room the better.

  3. #3
    Cyburbian Emeritus Chet's avatar
    Registered
    Aug 2001
    Location
    South Milwaukee
    Posts
    8,935
    Some crappy northern Wisconsin lodge / resort on a "leadership retreat" for student government. It was hazing in reverse, becasue the senior folks cooked and cleaned for the incoming folk. It was 8 bunks to a barrack, outhouses (even though it was near the lake. sooo not to code) and no showers for 3 days.

  4. #4
    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
    Registered
    Aug 2001
    Location
    The Cheese State
    Posts
    10,074
    Tough choice. I stayed in a dive hotel in Atlantic City one night. I left at about five in the morning, pretty sure that by not taking a shower, I would still be cleaner than if I did.

    Then there was the time I stayed in a motel between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa. My girlfriend found a hole in the box spring where the mice had burrowed in. Neither of us felt comfortable walking around without shoes on.

    I stayed at a Howard Johnsons in New Haven. I have never stayed in one fo their hotels since. It was the most run-down chain hotel room I have ever seen.

  5. #5
    Cyburbian H's avatar
    Registered
    Feb 2003
    Location
    MKS
    Posts
    2,847

    Re: Worst place you've stayed on a trip

    Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    Mine was a motel in Daytona Beach that a boyfriend took me to.
    I think EVERY place in Daytona Beach is the WORST. I will never go back. *sorry Daytona Beachians*

    I traveled around in Hostels in South America (but not in Chile, SkeL) during summer 2001 and there were some bad ones. Like at one place there was no potable or running water. The water was kept in a plastic trash can in the ‘shared’ bathroom. You had to dip a cup in to get water to wash, brush your teeth, flush the toilet, etc…

    But it was a great time and the experiences made me not even realize the conditions.
    Last edited by H; 23 Sep 2003 at 11:55 PM.
    "Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even though they rarely stick to their plan." - Winston Churchill

  6. #6
    Cyburbia Administrator Dan's avatar
    Registered
    Mar 1996
    Location
    Upstate New York
    Posts
    14,737
    Blog entries
    3
    I stayed at a Red Roof Inn in Miamisburg, Ohio that was ... well, okay. Thing was ... when I checked in, the place was empty. I could have had the run of the house. However, the room I got was as close to a six lane Interstate highway was you could get. They wouldn't let me switch rooms. The room was tiny, and there was only a foot or two in the area around the bed. The cable TV reception was terrible, and all the coax tweaking in the world couldn't fix it.

    The room was prepaid, so I couldn't just give the keys back and stay somewhere else. I can deal with peeling wallpaper and bad television reception, but I couldn't deal with the endless, loud, Doppler shifting drone coming from the Interstate. I couldn't sleep that night ... maybe three our four hours, tops. Even late at night, the traffic counts on that Interstate were incredible.

    At least it was only one night.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

  7. #7
    It was in Berkeley on University Ave. Blood on the wall, stained sheets, door didn't shut proper, many live-ins up all night on god only knows what, bathroom was filthy, disgusting. No place for a metrosexual (which I'm not) Shame on me for staying there.

  8. #8
    Cyburbian tsc's avatar
    Registered
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Under the Table
    Posts
    1,900
    Blog entries
    6
    One of those Days/Quality Inns in Maryland. There were stains and nasty hairs on the sheets.... the maid did not change the sheets from the former guests...
    "Yeehaw!" is not a foreign policy

    Renovating the '62 Metzendorf
    http://metzendorf.blogspot.com/

  9. #9
    Cyburbian Jeff's avatar
    Registered
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Mr. Cool Ice
    Posts
    4,163
    Pick a hotel in 29 Palms, CA or Jacksonville, NC and I've stayed in it. You just don't get much dumpier than that, except for the place I stayed in TJs one night.

  10. #10
    Cyburbian donk's avatar
    Registered
    Sep 2001
    Location
    skating on thin ice
    Posts
    6,960
    The Delta in Moncton is no roaring hell. The grout and silicone around the tub had mold on it.

    The Beaverbrook in fredericton, the shower had a screwed up on / off switch and the carpet was purple shag from the 70's. The entire hotel smells like the pool.

    The Chelsea in Toronto. I'm glad I was not paying the $300 a night listed on the back of the door. Just old and dumpy inside, plus the electronic key kept demagnetizing. To give them teh benefit of the doubt, I think they were in the process of remodelling.

    The Ramada in Hull, by the Casino. Overcharged me for a phone call and would not work it out.

    Some cheezy place out by the airport in Montreal. More on location and services available then on the quality of the rooms. We all wanted to kill the FQSC for booking a hotel in the middle of nowhere, when a downtown hotel would have been the same price or cheaper. Especially considering it was a $25 cab ride each way to downtown.

    Final one, there is a hotel on the TransCanada, near Montreal, with monster trucks and giant dinosaurs that I've stayed at. The entire hotel is cinder block. You wear your shoes in the shower and sleep on top of the blankets. Good thing it is only $40 a night.


    Only rule for a hotel is that it must be cleaner then my house, which is not hard to do.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

  11. #11
    Cyburbian Planderella's avatar
    Registered
    Dec 1998
    Location
    NOLA
    Posts
    4,468
    The Davis Inn in Orlando. This was several years ago so I don't really remember the details except that it was a pretty gross place (at least by a 12 yr old's standards).
    "A witty woman is a treasure, a witty beauty is a power!"

  12. #12
    The wost place I ever stayed was this dump in St. Louis called the Super Inn. It was near downdown and Laclede's Landing and it was like 55 bucks a night. It was horrible. There was a rotting bananna peel hanging on the lamp, grafitti on the walls that read "Blackjack Tripped Here." and an angry owner. There were drug dealers and hookers wandering nearby. Sadly, we went back to St. Louis and stayed there again simply for the entertainment value.

    We almost stayed at a dump in Tampa changed our minds after seeing the room. It was nasty. The light in the bathroom didn't work, there was one towel and it was dirty. No pillow cases and they were stained, carpet was coming up, bugs everywhere. It was 25 bucks a night. We looked at it for about 2 minutes and went back and demanded our money back. We then went to the nearest Holiday Inn.
    "I'm a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are."

    - Homer Simpson

  13. #13
    Cyburbian biscuit's avatar
    Registered
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Paris of Appalachia
    Posts
    3,902
    Behind a large rock in park in Key West, Florida. Fun trip but next time I'm getting a room.

  14. #14
    Cyburbian Big Easy King's avatar
    Registered
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Overlooking the Quarter
    Posts
    1,358
    On a road trip to an LSU - Ole Miss football game a few years ago, some friends and I stayed at the Ponotac Inn just outside of Oxford, MS. Another friend, who wasn't able to join us, set up the hotel arrangements and convinced us that the hotel was the lap of luxury...NOT!!!

    In everyone's rooms there were roaches everywhere, stains on the cheesy beds, and the funkiest bathrooms known to man. It was the only place that had available rooms, but we decided to crash in our 2 vehicles. We wanted to give our friend a royal beat-down for playing that ill joke on us, but we all trip out about it now. If you love extreme funk and happen to be in the Oxford area, I suggest that you room with the roaches at the lovely Ponotac Inn...NOT!!! Yuk!!! Damn!!!
    A person who strives is one who thrives. It's GREAT to be THE KING!!!

  15. #15
    Cyburbian tsc's avatar
    Registered
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Under the Table
    Posts
    1,900
    Blog entries
    6
    Originally posted by Repo Man
    The wost place I ever stayed was this dump in St. Louis Sadly, we went back to St. Louis and stayed there again simply for the entertainment value.

    you know how to really live it up....
    "Yeehaw!" is not a foreign policy

    Renovating the '62 Metzendorf
    http://metzendorf.blogspot.com/

  16. #16
    Cyburbian biscuit's avatar
    Registered
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Paris of Appalachia
    Posts
    3,902
    Originally posted by Big Easy King
    If you love extreme funk and happen to be in the Oxford area, I suggest that you room with the roaches at the lovely Ponotac Inn...NOT!!! Yuk!!! Damn!!!
    So Huston, how many dates did you take to the Ponotac back in your day?

  17. #17

    Registered
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Solano County, California
    Posts
    6,468
    Probably the "Blue Moon Motel" east of Pittsburgh. Ugly old motel with all of the nastiness listed above. Plus, a hooker and her pimp having a loud argument all night/morning in the room next door.

    From an experience standpoint, the Motel 6 in Chico, California was pretty bad. HORRIBLE freeway noise, lumpy bed, lousy room, and I was in the absolute coughing and gasping-for -breath throes of seasonal allergies, and I knew I had to wake up early next morning to bicycle the Chico Wildflower Century.

  18. #18
    maudit anglais
    Registered
    May 1997
    Location
    Odd-a-wah
    Posts
    6,589
    I once stayed at a dumpy Bed and Breakfast in London, England. Had to share a bed with my brother.

    Stayed at a crappy hotel in Chicago once on a university field trip. Freaked everyone out when I demonstrated how easily I could break into the rooms with my student card. Had to share a bed - unfortunately it was not with one of my female classmates.

    A few years ago, a buddy and I took a roadtrip through upstate New York and stayed at a series of progressively worse motels. The one in Poughkeepsie was the "winner" - reeked of smoke, stained walls, noisy.

  19. #19
    Cyburbian nerudite's avatar
    Registered
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Edmonton
    Posts
    5,506
    I've stayed at pensions throughout Europe, a few in some questionable neighbourhoods. The only time I was truly scared though was a place I stayed in Downtown Vancouver (BC)... this little hole in the wall over a bar. There were lots of fights outside and the door didn't lock. The police showed up three times that night, and there was a ton of activity in the hallways. Oh yeah... and the bed was nasty.

  20. #20
    Cyburbian otterpop's avatar
    Registered
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Down by Dun Ringill
    Posts
    6,658
    Blog entries
    6

    Worst place you've stayed on a trip

    On our honeymoon my wife and I went to Skagway, Alaska. Oh, I know what you're thinking -- doesn't everyone? Anyhoo, I booked a room in what was supposed to be the best hotel in town and it was not cheap. Our room turned out to be in the annex, which was a cinderblock motel with no air-conditioning, no fan and virtually no ventilation. Our room was next to where the college students who worked there for the summer lived. Needless to say it was loud. Lots of collegiate whooping and foul language (fortunately my wife's English wasn't so good at the time). The college kids kept late hours (okay, it was our honeymoon, so we weren't really bothered too much by that) Our view from our room was someone's back yard.

    The room sucked, but otherwise it was a great trip. We happened to arrive at the town's 100th anniversary, so there was a big free party. Also there was a Summer Solstice Party which rocked. On the way back, flying into Juneau, the bush pilot took us over the Mendenhall Glacier - which people pay about $60 a head to get to do and ours was gratis.

  21. #21
    Cyburbian SlaveToTheGrind's avatar
    Registered
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Wherever I May Roam
    Posts
    1,212
    Summer 1988, Stavropol, Russia. Our tour group from People to People spent three weeks in the Soviet Union. We went to the the Stavropol Krai, or region and stayed in the city of Stavorpol - our (Iowa) sister state, situated between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. The hotel was just awful with one community bathroom per floor. I've seen better bathroom facilities at truck stops in the middle of Wyoming. It was bad. Because it was so bad, we complained and only stayed there one or two nights and then took a bus to Pyatigorsk and got a decent hotel.

  22. #22
    Cyburbian Queen B's avatar
    Registered
    Mar 2003
    Location
    "Somewhere in the middle"
    Posts
    3,174
    The Parrot Inn outside of Springfield, MO.
    A lesson in: Don't travel on Memorial Weekend without a room waiting. All the rooms were filled in Springfield and the Parrot was the closest.

    Huge neon Parrot flashing all night. I did not actually see any roaches but the family talked about it so much you could feel them crawl.
    It is all a matter of perspective!!!

  23. #23
         
    Registered
    May 2003
    Location
    St. Louis, MO
    Posts
    340
    in my 83 Toyota Corolla SW, high as a kite all night.

    after that, there was this Ramada in north dallas and I swear there was blood splattered on the wall. I asked to change rooms I was freaked out by it so much.

  24. #24
    Cyburbian El Feo's avatar
    Registered
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Outside, looking in.
    Posts
    674
    Budgetel, somewhere around Dearborn (Taylortucky, maybe?). On the upside, it was cheap.

    All of the above horrors. I think the chain's name is actually a contraction of "Budget Hell."

  25. #25
    Cyburbian
    Registered
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Who cares.
    Posts
    1,038
    Funnily enough, considering the other post going about APA accomodations, it was the youth hostel they recommened for Denver. Three bunk beds in a room, linoleum floors (probably cleaner than the carpet in the common area), locked gates on all the doors, oddly lumpy beds. But it was really cheap and relatively clean, so we stuck it out. And kept our shoes on.
    I don't dream. I plan.

+ Reply to thread
Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

More at Cyburbia

  1. Replies: 65
    Last post: 18 Nov 2012, 7:21 PM
  2. Best and worst rides you've had
    Friday Afternoon Club
    Replies: 28
    Last post: 01 Feb 2012, 10:56 AM
  3. The Worst of the Best
    Friday Afternoon Club
    Replies: 14
    Last post: 16 Apr 2010, 8:22 AM
  4. Replies: 24
    Last post: 24 Sep 2003, 7:45 PM
  5. Replies: 8
    Last post: 22 Nov 2002, 1:05 PM