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2012-11-18 03:52:56 AM

Happy Hours: HBK: I can't imagine how a hotel could operate at $2, even in 1980s money. Are you sure it wasn't $2 per hour?

No, it was $2 per night - what I'm not sure of if it was even still open at that point. I suspected it wasn't. It was the kind of building that belonged in an early '70s movie and looked old even then.

I think this is the place..

[sloanegallery.com image 800x638]


lol, I just noticed the sign says "fireproof". That probably explains why nobody burned it down.
 
2012-11-18 03:59:46 AM

Happy Hours: Happy Hours: HBK: I can't imagine how a hotel could operate at $2, even in 1980s money. Are you sure it wasn't $2 per hour?

No, it was $2 per night - what I'm not sure of if it was even still open at that point. I suspected it wasn't. It was the kind of building that belonged in an early '70s movie and looked old even then.

I think this is the place..

[sloanegallery.com image 800x638]

lol, I just noticed the sign says "fireproof". That probably explains why nobody burned it down.


I'm surprised no one took it as a personal challenge.
 
2012-11-18 05:38:16 AM

HBK: Happy Hours: back in the '80s I used to drive by a hotel that advertised $2 a night rooms. I didn't drive right by it, but you could see it from the freeway. I wasn't sure if it was still open at that point, but can you imagine a $2 a night hotel?

What's that in today's money? Like $9? I dunno but I remember staying in Motel 6 for $30 a night and it wasn't great, but it wasn't bad and IIRC I saw this hotel on TV last night and they said it was $25.

Let's just say I'm having a hard time believing this is the world's worst hotel.

See clown motel above. 29 rooms at $34.50 per night. (29 rooms per the video)

Assuming this motel, in BFE Nevada, runs 50% capacity, all year long = $182,591. Less $60,000 for a couple maids and a handyman, less $10,000 for property taxes. Then assume 35% corporate taxes or taxes on a general partnership or sole proprietorship. $73,184 per year.

Dude's not going to make much money when you consider repair costs. Plus, they offer breakfast (no guess at the cost on that), probably average less than 50% occupancy annually, and the dude has to pay for marketing (see Youtube video), cleaning supplies, laundry, and his own costs.

I can't imagine how a hotel could operate at $2, even in 1980s money. Are you sure it wasn't $2 per hour?

Maybe it was a tax-shelter that was meant to lose money until the investors retired, at which point they sold their tax shelter for real estate value (on the freeway), which could be considerable.


In 1979 I stayed in a quite decent old motel in Tucumcari. NM for $7, and I remember thinking what a fantastic deal that was. Best thing about the room was that you could watch TV from the bathtub with the door open. I find it hard to believe there were any $2 motels even then.
 
2012-11-18 05:45:31 AM

Happy Hours: Happy Hours: HBK: I can't imagine how a hotel could operate at $2, even in 1980s money. Are you sure it wasn't $2 per hour?

No, it was $2 per night - what I'm not sure of if it was even still open at that point. I suspected it wasn't. It was the kind of building that belonged in an early '70s movie and looked old even then.

I think this is the place..

[sloanegallery.com image 800x638]

lol, I just noticed the sign says "fireproof". That probably explains why nobody burned it down.


Lots of hotels back in the day advertised that they were 'fireproof' after a number of serious hotel fires. They probably weren't, but at least they incorporated some fire safety features to make it less likely they would go up in flames.
 
2012-11-18 07:05:48 AM
I worked in a hostel once, BRIEFLY, which was full of alcoholics paying 200$ a month to live there, who would frequently use the toilet on the public room couches, and who would often be found sleeping upside down in the stairwell. I'm not sure how.

Why yes, they were all from Quebec.
 
2012-11-18 07:36:04 AM

qualtrough: In 1979 I stayed in a quite decent old motel in Tucumcari. NM for $7, and I remember thinking what a fantastic deal that was. Best thing about the room was that you could watch TV from the bathtub with the door open. I find it hard to believe there were any $2 motels even then.


After some more research I found out that hotel closed in 1972. (sorry, I closed that window so link is gone).

$2 in '72 I suppose is plausible although why the sign stayed up through the early '80s is kind of crazy. It also turns out that there have been plans to renovate the place that kept falling through. It was at one point going to be turned into a modern hotel with rooms going for up to $1000 a night and at another point was going to be made into lofts....

$7 a night for a motel in '79? That's still pretty amazing. I think the cheapest I ever paid was about $30. The worst I ever stayed in was $40. I guess there are worse places but I really don't want to experience them.
 
2012-11-18 08:20:59 AM
Amsterdam's hotels come in two varieties, expensive rooms which are passable or just barely affordable rooms which are complete hovels. As in you can quite easily pay 90 euros for a room which if you're lucky has locking doors, a toilet and an tiny cubicle shower.
 
2012-11-18 08:53:27 AM
When I was a kid in the mid to late 90's, we went to Washington, D.C. and stayed at some budget motel chain (can't remember the name). The place looked like a dump on the outside, but we went in anyway because we had made a reservation (based on price). We go in and the clerk is behind bulletproof glass. That was clue 2.

We go in the room and most of the carpet is stained. (Dad warned us not to take off our socks). We then open the curtains to enjoy the glorious view of bars guarding our window with the satellite dish and a brick wall not a few feet in front of us. (Not certain what purpose the bars served with the brick wall blocking everything.)

It was at this point my Dad said "This place is a dump!"

The next morning, as my dad swiftly checked us out, we were treated to their complimentary "continental" breakfast (cereal, milk, and coffee).

My dad decided life was too short for this and checked us into the nicest hotel in the area for the rest of our stay.

/Sadly, in D.C, only that great hotel was nice. The rest of the city is just like that budget motel...

//csb
 
2012-11-18 09:18:14 AM
A few years ago (2004?), the ex and I went on a cross-country road trip. One of our rules for the trip was to only stay in hotel rooms that cost $20.00/night or less. We stayed in one godawful room after another.
 
2012-11-18 09:28:38 AM

JohnAnnArbor: Pribar: bubo_sibiricus: Try getting a reservation at The Habitat Hotel on E57'th street in Manhattan. Single beds, almost like sleeping on a bunk bed, and communal lavatories. It's a hit with the college kids and backpackers.

But it's cheap and in the center of everything.

You go there if all you're going to do is be out all night and you just want a place to crash.

Be sure to book a year in advance.

I think I stayed there in the early 80's, it was only a single night and I was drunk but I remember the bathroom was down the hall and I had to stand on the bed to have room to open the door, twin bed filled the room side to side, headboard was up against the far wall, near wall had a desk crammed in between it and the foot of the bed, mismatched chair had to be shoved up under the desk and I had to hop up on the bed for the door to have room to open

The fire marshal would be unhappy with that.....



I think the fire inspector would have to get in a long line, behind the health inspector, licensing inspector, tax inspector, etc....
 
2012-11-18 10:59:03 AM
bedbugs are a dealbreaker. I'll sleep in my car first.
 
2012-11-18 11:31:26 AM
Bob Stupak's Vegas World.

In the 1980's, it was the border between the new "Holy Cow, look at that," shiny new Vegas & "Don't even make eye contact" Vegas.

Also had a very interesting space theme.
 
2012-11-18 12:40:37 PM

Devolving_Spud: blog.comedycentral.co.uk

Que?


TheZorker: I won't hear of it! There's this place in Eastborne!


sallys: [mimg.ugo.com image 300x274]


:D

We can't overlook the fact that they put too much butter ON THOSE TRAYS.
 
2012-11-18 01:21:21 PM
From the Hans Brinker website itself:

Those wishing to stay at the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, Amsterdam, do so at their own risk and will not hold the hotel liable for food poisoning, mental breakdowns, terminal illness, lost limbs, radiation poisoning, certain diseases associated with the 18th century, plague, etcetera.

Nice
 
2012-11-18 01:32:52 PM
A truly terrible national-chain in the US: Motel 6 in Virginia Beach. I had one of the desk clerks walk on top of my car because he was upset I called the front desk to let them know the room they put us in had urine on the bathroom floor. 

www.motel6.com
Don't let this picture fool you. The parking lot is littered with cigarette butts, beer cans and god knows what else.
 
2012-11-18 01:56:43 PM

FizixJunkee: A few years ago (2004?), the ex and I went on a cross-country road trip. One of our rules for the trip was to only stay in hotel rooms that cost $20.00/night or less. We stayed in one godawful room after another.


And you let him get away?
 
2012-11-18 02:39:06 PM
worst hotel I stayed at had a pair of dirty underwear on the floor at the foot of the bed.
 
2012-11-18 03:00:39 PM

virulent_loser: worst hotel I stayed at had a pair of dirty underwear on the floor at the foot of the bed.


Did they fit?
 
2012-11-18 03:03:26 PM
 
2012-11-18 03:48:37 PM
The Chongchongang Hotel in Anju North Korea was my favorite. While they try to keep tourists away from the real North Korea this was a hotel in the real DPRK. The propaganda blared until 11pm, began at 5am, no hot water, no lights, men with AK-47s at the perimeter, and all the ambiance of North Korea. If you want the experience you have to try this place. It is a "must see" on the dark tour. They did have an Asian deer in a cage at the front of the hotel.

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2012-11-18 04:50:29 PM

phlegmmo: virulent_loser: worst hotel I stayed at had a pair of dirty underwear on the floor at the foot of the bed.

Did they fit?


I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.
 
HBK
2012-11-18 07:00:15 PM
I once checked in, went to my room, and opened the door only to find a half naked old woman who was just as surprised as I was. The front desk had double booked the room and both the keys worked. I was pissed and I imagine the woman was too. In some hotels, I could have been shot.
 
2012-11-18 09:39:57 PM

yukichigai: flamingboar: The clown motel?

[farm4.static.flickr.com image 500x375]

The horror. The horror...


The Clown Motel in Tonopah? I've stayed there several times! The sign used to advertise it was the newest place in town back then. It was pretty nice, actually. Unless clowns creep you out.
 
2012-11-18 10:16:13 PM

Glendale: yukichigai: flamingboar: The clown motel?

[farm4.static.flickr.com image 500x375]

The horror. The horror...

The Clown Motel in Tonopah? I've stayed there several times! The sign used to advertise it was the newest place in town back then. It was pretty nice, actually. Unless clowns creep you out.


Back in 2003 or so, I stayed at a motel in Tonopah (don't remember which one) for a night. The motel was decent, but the town itself was strangely quiet--which I suppose is not surprising given that the town has been shrinking ever since the nearby silver mine dried up in the 1920's.
 
2012-11-18 10:40:06 PM
 
2012-11-19 12:19:39 AM
I can't remember the name of the hostel I stayed at in Kumasi.

one of the stairwells was unusable because it had collapsed. the other stairwell was completely unlit at night.

my shower didn't work, so I had to fill a bucket next to the sink to wash up. at least my bathroom had water pressure, my friends' room did not.

the price? $15 per bedroom. no bug problems though.

the worst non-3rd world hostel? the mystic symergh in Istanbul. holes in the ceiling, noise from next door karaoke bar too loud to allow for sleep before 3am, lock on the bedroom door kept breaking, and it wasn't cheap either (40 euros a night!).
 
2012-11-19 03:00:26 AM

I Love Happy Stuff: A truly terrible national-chain in the US: Motel 6 in Virginia Beach. I had one of the desk clerks walk on top of my car because he was upset I called the front desk to let them know the room they put us in had urine on the bathroom floor. 

[www.motel6.com image 240x160]
Don't let this picture fool you. The parking lot is littered with cigarette butts, beer cans and god knows what else.


"Motel 6: We'll leave the urine on the floor for you."™
 
2012-11-19 08:11:38 AM

zerkalo: W.C.fields forever: And of course that one time I had to burn up the dead hooker in the bathtub in Vegas.

Silly psycho! tubs are made for dissolving corpses in!


Is that actually even possible ? I once spilled some battery acid in my bathtub, and it damaged the surface. I think enough acid to dissolve a corpse would burn through the tub.

Not that I need to know...
 
2012-11-19 08:17:46 AM

Gobobo: This was in Klaipėda, Lithuania.


This town's name sould like a venereal disease.
 
2012-11-19 10:48:05 AM

padraig: zerkalo: W.C.fields forever: And of course that one time I had to burn up the dead hooker in the bathtub in Vegas.

Silly psycho! tubs are made for dissolving corpses in!

Is that actually even possible ? I once spilled some battery acid in my bathtub, and it damaged the surface. I think enough acid to dissolve a corpse would burn through the tub.

Not that I need to know...


Depends what the tub's surface is made of.
 
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