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2007-04-27 12:23:35 PM  

Yeah, dude, but 9 feet? 9 freaking feet...straight up??!? I have got to start getting invited to some better parties....
2007-04-27 12:24:53 PM  
Can't say that I ever visited any hotels as bad as those -- but I have been in some homes that kinda resembled them.

(Note to self: NEVER travel to India, Maylasia or Taiwan. Germany can be skipped also.)

I did stop in at a hotel somewhere in Georgia, one winter on my way back from Ohio. The place looked OK, though when I sat down on the bed, the mattress was so slippery that the top part nearly slid right off on the floor. Later, taking a shower in the very clean bathroom, I discovered that the tub got as slippery as ice when it got wet. Did this mad little dance to keep from falling when I got in.
2007-04-27 12:26:44 PM  

AHHHH! I just made things worse!!! Sorry, dudette. Next time I'll check the profile of the person before assuming gender. Nice picture; I dig chicks with guitars. So would someone please give afillak 2 big hugs??


/hangs head in shame
//slinks off
2007-04-27 12:27:08 PM  
Obviously people don't look at Afillak's profile. Any sane farker would hit that.

Seems as though most comments on here are about Holiday Inns. Was the HIs an Express or Select?
2007-04-27 12:28:23 PM  
Prank Call of Cthulhu: Yeah, dude, but 9 feet? 9 freaking feet...straight up??!? I have got to start getting invited to some better parties....

Things land on hands sometimes and you don't realize where you're swinging them around.. splatter...

You would just be surprised at that "Ohh look at what I got on this here... wonder how that happened"
2007-04-27 12:30:50 PM  
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/meh, not impressed
2007-04-27 12:32:47 PM  
texdent: Seems as though most comments on here are about Holiday Inns. Was the HIs an Express or Select?

Now that you mention it, both of my bad experiences were at a HI Express.

/Other note to self: Avoid Holiday Inn Express.
2007-04-27 12:33:45 PM  
My car's transmission blew up and I was stranded in Smoot, West Virginia for a week. I stayed at a hilltop truckers lodge, that was roughly the size of my closet. The tv was a 12 incher, and only got channels owned by ted turner.

The state fair was in the neighborhood, so most of the other folks there were carnies. I shiat you not, the bearded woman was staying next door with her carnie boyfriend. You haven't had a sleepless night until you had to listen to carnie sex.

As for the hotdogs in the safe, I am laughing my ass off, as at a bachelor party in new orleans, we once put hotdogs in the safe. Got back home drunk, had bought a bunch off the street, and had extra's. Decided what better place to keep them than in the safe.

Ours had buns though.
2007-04-27 12:33:58 PM  
Thanks, Prank Call and texdent. I feel better now. Actually, the second part was just me being an outrageous drama queen... the product of my countless other childhood traumas?
The world may never know.
But while I am on the subject...When I was little, I thought I could fly, and I decided a good method of testing that theory was by trying to jump to a tree about 15 feet away... from a 3rd floor balcony... dressed as Batgirl.
Interesting postscript 2:
It wasn't until a while later (only having suffered a lovely compound fracture) that I realized one key fact...
2007-04-27 12:33:58 PM  
Prank Call of Cthulhu

I swear that UV light story about spooge on the ceiling was some comedian's bit... but then again, haven't we all experienced spooge on the ceiling of a hotel room at some point in our lives?

Oh, and my #1 tip for hotel rooms: Don't touch the television remote. Not ever. You don't know where it has been.
2007-04-27 12:34:12 PM  
I flew in to Indianapolis a few months ago. Spent $275 for my hotel room (non-refundable, of course). I didn't notice anything that bad, but when I checked out, I couldn't find my cat.
2007-04-27 12:35:12 PM  
Hack Patooey We've been in some pretty nasty places, and walked out of a few.

The rest you were carried out or ran screaming?

This hotel has a level 5 rating from the Atlanta CDC.
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2007-04-27 12:35:16 PM  
I traveled a lot for a previous job. I can tell you you will never go wrong with a Holiday Inn Express or a Hampton Inn.
2007-04-27 12:35:32 PM  
2007-04-27 12:39:58 PM  

I seem to recall a "MadTV" sketch that was a parody of "X-Files" where Scully is collecting samples of body fluids from an alien hooker's room or something, and she's on a ladder collecting spooge from the ceiling. That's why I thought to look up there! And "Dateline NBC" had done a story about spoogey hotel rooms where they found a bespooged Bible, which was why I thought to look there.

But I bet in your average hotel room, if you took one of those industrial sized spooge detecting lights that they use in "C.S.I.", the whole place would glow brighter than a thousand suns. You ever see those demolition videos, where they're knocking down a hotel and all that dust sprays out? That's all dried spooge. Really.
2007-04-27 12:40:15 PM  
I was driving to western MA from PA. Get in a hellish rain storm on I-84 just past the Newburg-Beacon bridge. I was with a previous girlfriend who was pretty germophobic. We stop at a motel (can't remember the name) in Armonk, NY, where IBM has a big research lab. We figured that any hotels around the area would be decent.


We were beat from the drive and decide to get a shower and go to bed. In that time, we found:
- A "disposable" bath mat. Should have been disposed about 3 uses ago.
- Some new kind of life form in the shower. In any case, it was pissed at us for waking it.
- Cigarette butts in the upper tank of the toilet. Why was I looking in the upper tank? Because everything I flushed, 3 or 4 butts would come rolling out of the main supply to the bowl.
- Towels that were transparent.
- A half fitted sheet. It came to a stop halfway down the mattress.
- A mystery stain on the bed cover. Not a small little blotch, but something about 18" across. And lumpy.

Interestingly, the hotel didn't take anything but our names. We called the front desk and told them what we found and then left before our immune systems became overloaded.
2007-04-27 12:44:19 PM  
A friend of mine got comp'd to a high rollers suite at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, possibly the 'swankiest' hotel in Vegas. There were about 5 of us on the trip, so we got a couple rollaways so we could all sleep in this huge room. When we turned down the sheets on one of the rollaways, we found a lovely gift left to us, by some bowel control challenged child I assume. They apologized profusely and gave us a new bed, but couldn't do much else. After all, we were already getting food and room free.
2007-04-27 12:45:17 PM  
Prank Call Of Cthulhu: That MadTV skit is called "The XXX Files" and features Office Space's David Herman as Mulder. It's on the Season 1 collection, but I am sure you can find it on Youtube.
What, you expect me to find it for you? After you called me a guy? (j/k - that proves my gender! Only women know how to truly hold a grudge!)
2007-04-27 12:45:31 PM  
Anyone else notice the brand name on the defunct clock?


/Well there you have it...
2007-04-27 12:45:42 PM  
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"Dammit, I put in a wake-up call for 6:87."
2007-04-27 12:47:53 PM  
Prank Call of Cthulhu I've got a little UV light*, and I took it with me the last time I stayed in a hotel to use as a spooge detector.

Hmm, it also detects starch. Just think of the wonderful graffiti people could do with a can of spray starch in hopes that either you or a Crime Scene Investigator using UV will read it some day.

"Nothing suspicious about the death scene, except for the writing on the ceiling 'U GONNA GET RAPED' that only shows up under spooge-light."
2007-04-27 12:48:05 PM  
Prank Call of Cthulhu

I'm cracking up over how many times you fit "spooge" into a paragraph.

Hee hee!! SPOOGE

The worst motel I've ever stayed in was a total dive in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Good thing I was too drunk to notice.
2007-04-27 12:49:59 PM  
Back in the late 70s, early 80s, my dad took the family with him on a business trip to Cincinnati. We stayed at a hotel next to Kings Island so my mom could take me and my brother there while dad was working. The pool at the hotel was polluted with earthworms: some whole, some halves, some floating, some stuck to the walls and bottom. My brother and I swam in it anyway, and we were happy to do so because it was summer and we didn't have a pool to go to at home. My mother was horrified but was totally like, eh, what can you do? We did shower when we got back to the room, though.
2007-04-27 12:50:23 PM  
When I was yonger, my family took a trip to Hawaii and checked in to the Mirimar hotel. This place was billed as a 4 star - and the lobby was nice - so we overlooked the fact that our ocean view was obstructed by scaffolding from the next door hotel's rennovation.

Until we opened the door.

We found (in no particular order) a rotting plate of food, stained carpet, black wallpaper -eerr mold- in the bathroom, and unflushed toilet, a windowsill covered in dead bugs of all sizes, cigarette burns in the walls...and a pool of fresh blood under the comforter when we peeled it back. A POOL OF they slaughtered a pig and just threw a quilt over it. It was fresh too - my sister found it with her toes (which I thought was halarious).

Needless to say, we checked out quickly and went to the Marriott.
2007-04-27 12:51:52 PM  

Oooh, smart, cute, sassy, can handle a guitar, and have an encyclopaedic familiarity with sketch comedy? You're perfect! If Mrs. PCoC ever dumps me, may I pitch woo to you?
2007-04-27 12:52:19 PM  
My wife and I found this little gem sticking out from under our bed in a downtown Dallas hotel last summer.

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2007-04-27 12:54:01 PM  
wow. i expected more pics. when iget home i will have to post pics of my recent stay at the marriott in south jacksonville. it was disturbing. everything eventually was comped, but i would have been MUCH happier if they would have just moved me to the Best Western across the street (free internet there. 10/day at marriott). even better was that a smoking hot, but only 17 year old girl was the MOD. how the heck can that be allowed. at least she knew how to handle business. i just felt bad for showing her the pics i took of my bathroom, poor girl gagged. so did her friend. it wsa a nasty scene in my room when i checked in.
2007-04-27 12:59:14 PM  
Trust This Girl
Oh, and there's a hotel in N. Fort myers where my brother died on the bed (not kidding)

wait... what?!?
2007-04-27 01:00:22 PM  
If they've already wasted $50 on the hooker, why are these folks wasting time taking pictures of the rooms?
2007-04-27 01:01:12 PM  

Which hotel was it?
2007-04-27 01:02:32 PM  
Sorry, Prank Call Of Cthulhu, but I am quite happily taken... however, if you are offering sushi....

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2007-04-27 01:03:50 PM  
I once stayed in the YMCA in Mumbai India. Oddly, not as bad as you might think.
2007-04-27 01:03:52 PM  
cam97ss 2007-04-27 12:45:31 PM
Anyone else notice the brand name on the defunct clock?


Ken-Tech, a division of Barbie-Tech.

/once owned an ONWA TV
//after about 3 years, it actually caught on fire while i was watching it
2007-04-27 01:09:23 PM  
worst hotel/motel i've ever stayed in was the spanish inn in southern mississippi. the whole room was carpeted in leopard print (including parts of the walls), and the headboard was upholstered with the same. the room smelled like that stuff the janitor used to use whenever a kid threw up in my grade school. i showered with my shoes on and *slept* on top of the covers. i did not take them up on their "jacuzzi" offer, and the free HBO was out in the main "lobby", which was where the front desk guy was sitting behind chicken wire.

26.99 a night. good times.
2007-04-27 01:18:16 PM  
did you used to live in Seymour CT?
2007-04-27 01:21:15 PM  
When I was doing research in England there was a travelling fund at the college, but the fund required you to stay at the cheapest places available. So I stayed in some pretty bad places, usually "B&B's" that were actually the spare room of someone's house. The worst was the one where the heater wasn't working, in the dead of winter. I could only get to sleep by piling all the clothes in my suitcase over the bed, then wearing my winter coat and socks and shoes in bed.

Fortunately, I was doing research in Norwich, Ipswich, and Colchester, and not in London, where a "bad place to stay" means "pile all the furniture against the door before you go to sleep."
2007-04-27 01:22:16 PM  
Texaco Saves: That's a negative... but in the All American Valley, everything is kinda close together...
2007-04-27 01:22:28 PM  
OMFG. I've stayed at dives around the world, but I always figured that US hotels were fairly clean. I haven't done much staying in hotels/motels in the US - mostly I camp. Whenever I do stay in US hotels, I try not to think of the dried spooge on the bed.

Vietnam has some of the cleanest rooms I've ever stayed in. For $8, you get 4 channels in Vietnamese and a room that can be completely hosed down when you leave (many are tiled from floor to ceiling). I had a few bad experiences in India, but I expected that. A bed crawling with cockroaches (which I slept on anyway), a bed with ticks (which I didn't find until the next morning on the inside of my mosquito net, full of blood), and a room that water buffalo walked in and out of at Hampi. I didn't mind, but my husband hated the 100+ channels of Bollywood movies in every hotel room with a TV. BTW fireclown I had heard that the Mumbai YMCA was okay.
2007-04-27 01:23:21 PM  
I used to work in hotel housekeeping (in college) so I'm getting a kick out of some of these replies.

/my first cliche!
//Seriously, they reuse the "coverlet" aka the colorful bedspread.
///If you're in a pricey hotel they wash those about once a week. Ick.. just ick.
2007-04-27 01:23:21 PM  
Am i the only one here who actually enjoys lookign for the South of the Border signs? We used to do the FL to NJ drive all the time, and it meant that we were at least halfway. Never stayed there, but we did stop one time for drinks, and I found a plastic monkey with a huge boner in one of the gift shops to give to a friend of mine. She was so fricking embarrassed. :P

And I think TFA would be much more effective if they'd posted the names of the hotels. Just a picture isnt' going to prevent someone from staying there and experiencing the same horrors.
2007-04-27 01:23:52 PM  

The Hotel Lawrence.
2007-04-27 01:24:26 PM  
This thread made me laugh this much |---------------|

We stayed at a motel in Sandusky (most of which are suspect) and went through what can only be described as a monsoon. It rained so hard that water flooded in under the door (we were on the second floor) and around the air conditioner which was permanently mounted in the wall. Literally all they could do was offer us extra towels.

I also got double booked into a room with poor results. I had flown into Atlanta and picked up by limo. I don't like to fly and drank heavily to "calm my nerves" (that works great...) Then deciding to take advantage of the booze on board the limo, I was pretty hammered by the time I got where ever I ended up.

I noticed the stuff in the closet when I got in the room but figured I'd turn it in the next day and passed out. Woke up quite ill from the booze, got sick as hell, took a shower, trashed the bathroom. And that's when the security guards and the rooms prior occupant showed up. They gave us both new rooms but my move was inglorious to say the least (still dripping wet, etc.).

I love the unromantic package Phil McKraken - I may have to make a reservation.
2007-04-27 01:27:40 PM  
My wife and I stayed at an all-inclusive on Cozumel once, and the room had ants crawling all over the walls. Didn't bother me much, but my wife was creeped out so we went to the front desk and asked for a different room (but not expecting much). They weren't able to give us a different room that night (all booked up) so we stuck it out and the next day to our surprise they put us in a beautiful room right on the beach.
2007-04-27 01:29:11 PM  
Checked into a Quality Inn in York, PA a few months ago with my sister and her man (we were catching a show, and needed someplace to sleep it off afterwards). It was a "suite", with 2 beds, another room with a couch, tv, etc.

It also has very obvious jizz stains on the bedspread, something ugly growing in the shower, and a door to the outside that didn't even shut all the way, much less lock.
I was in the process of shoving furniture against the door when they decided that we were checking out.

Didn't stop us from "borrowing" their pool at three the next morning, though. Good times.
2007-04-27 01:30:59 PM  
I wonder does anyone bother to look at the health department inspection report that by law every tourist court must post in public view? (Or at least they are required to in Georgia)

Off the subject a little, but I often wonder the same about restaurants.

/Health Inspector
2007-04-27 01:36:11 PM  
A friend of mine's wife is a salesperson for a big hotel chain. When they stay at a hotel - any hotel - the first thing they do is flip the beadspread onto the floor touching it as little as possible. The cleaning staff don't wash the bedspreads for the most part. And they will not sit on anything - ANYTHING -without putting a towel down first. This goes for chairs, the bed, anything. My understanding is that most hotel execs do the same thing...
2007-04-27 01:36:56 PM  
This place in Seoul, S Korea, was $40 a night.
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We changed to the Metro Hotel, and it was a much better experience.
2007-04-27 01:37:59 PM  
vegasgurl: If you're in a pricey hotel they wash those about once a week. Ick.. just ick.

Ummm yea... tips for you folks. Those of us who just use the rooms for sex.... we never actually take the sheets or coverlets off... we just get straight buck wild right there on the bed or couch.

Soooo you might wanna bring your own sheets.
2007-04-27 01:39:44 PM  
Just outside of New Orleans Near the Missippi Border along I-10 we stayed at a DAYS INN . We went up to our room... and the CEILING WAS CAVED IN ! !
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could barely open the door due to ceiling on the Floord.. Propty rejected the room and went across the street to the Holday In ow as it Howard Johnsons.


/Dead serious
//Wish I had a Camera picture
2007-04-27 01:44:47 PM  

This is what happens when you stay in shiatty hotels/motels. Stop being a cheapass.


In my younger days, I didn't mind roughing it at all. Now that I'm married, we stay home unless we can afford to travel in style.
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