America's 10 worst hotel chains

A pair of surveys released this summer suggests that travelers pay a price for staying in budget motels and hotels.

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Sep 21, 2012 9:36PM
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I stayed at an Indian owned Americinn Motel in Spencer Iowa.  There was no shampoo so I went to the front desk and was told that it would cost me $1.10 for the little bottle of shampoo everyone else gives away free.

 

My wife and I were at another (Marriott) facility and talking to the cleaning lady.  She told us she had quit at an Indian owned facility because the cleaning crew was instructed that unless they were dirIty,  the sheets were only to be changed once a week, no matter how many guests had used the room.

 

I have also observed an Indian owner just adding more grounds to the coffee pot when the pot went empty.

 

If you walk into the lobby and see prices on everything for the newspaper to the local area maps, just keep walking.

Sep 21, 2012 9:35PM
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STAYED AT THE DAYS INN IN TEMPE,AZ THIS PAST JUNE ",WOW" WHAT NEGATIVE AND NASTY MATTRESS,MATTRESS   WAS SOILED WITH URINE COLORED STAINS IN THE MID-TO

TOP PORTION OF THE MATTRESS ADVISED THE CLERK THAT I HAD TAKEN PHOTOS,AND ASKED IF SHE WANTED TO SEE THEM,SHE REPLAYED NO,NO,SO WE WERE MOVED TO

A NEW AND BETTER RM. TRUST ME I DIDN'T LOOK UNDER THE SHEETS BECAUSE

I WAS AFRAID OF WHAT MAY HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR ME....BESIDES ,THERE WERE NO MORE HOTELS AVAILABLE IN THE AREA  DUE TO THE FACT IT WAS ASU GRADUATION

WEEK.....

Sep 21, 2012 9:25PM
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I recently drove from Washington state through Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and finally New Mexico. I stayed in Motel 6's the whole way. The motels that I stayed at were clean with all new flooring, bedding and bathrooms. I was so shocked at how nice and clean they were. No carpet on the floor but a hardwood style of flooring, Bedding was new and the bathroom was right out of a catalog. There was no smell or leaking anything. The parking lots were bright and people were friendly and helpful. Don't think that I didn't check for bed bugs and the like but there was nothing. They, Motel 6, are in the process of upgrading all their motels.
Sep 21, 2012 9:25PM
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It all really comes down to basic standards that people are accustomed to. Certain group of people have different ideas about "clean", it is the responsibility of Health Department to monitor these facilities. I did not know that they don't do it, if that's the case. I know a family who bought a house from an Indian family and after 2 years of painting and cleaning could not get rid of the smell and stains around the house, and........... moved !!!!  case closed.
Sep 21, 2012 9:25PM
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Microtel  in Lafayette, La.  was terrible - noise all night - no help from management  - kids running up and down the hallways - fire alarm off during the night - false alarm - no help from management - they were going to call the cops on US for complaining !!!  NEVER AGAIN PAL !!!
Sep 21, 2012 9:23PM
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We've been traveling from Ohio to Arizona and back a couple of times a year for the past 2 1/2 yrs.  We always try to locate Motel 6's because we travel with our pet, which they take, no questions asked.  I am shocked to read some of the postings about these motels....We have always have great stays for the money....no smells, no stains on spreads or sheets, air/heat works well, good locks on doors, and never have we been treated with anything but respect at check-in, (from both Americans and Indians).  I do have to say that we always ask to see the room they are going to put us in ahead of checking in, and only had one person has said no....We chose not to stay there!!  I really do think that most people could avoid these problems if they would just take the extra step of asking to see the room first, and if the front desk in not polite and accomodating, don't stay there....there are usually plenty to choose from...
Sep 21, 2012 9:23PM
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Don't leave out the Hilton Garden Inn in Chicago right off the Magnificent Mile.  Some years ago I was bitten by bed bugs so badly that I had to go to the ER for treatment. Rx for steroids for several weeks. Bedbugs, overpriced and an ER bill!  What's in a name?  In this case, nothing. Beware!  At least ask if the Hilton Garden Inn has acknowledged and addressed its bed bug issue.
Sep 21, 2012 9:22PM
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I do one hotel stay a week andfor the most part, they are pretty decent. The chain I stay in the most is Super 8, and it varies on the quality. Some are very nice, close to brand new. Some of the older ones are not so nice. The biggest complaint I have for all of them, even the pricier ones, is the bed. The mattress is like a piece of plywood, no give at all. The nicest hotels are the Microtel's, very nice chain, with a pool, first class and not priced bad at business rate.
Sep 21, 2012 9:22PM
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Before my husband and I had a baby, we used to vacation a lot all up and down the east coast. We stayed in a lot of hotels and I have to say the Days Inn was by far the worst! The bathroom was a mess, the bed smelled funky, there were crushed pretzels under the bed, and I came home with bedbugs on my suitcase. I will never ever stay at a Days Inn again. 
Oh wait, then there was the Comfort Inn in Connecticut. We were road tripping and paid for the hotel the day before hand since it was on our route. The website was absolutely deceiving. The lobby, which had just been redone to look beautiful on the website, was completely separate from the rest of the hotel. Our room was in the back next to some white trash living out of the hotel. Aside from the lobby, nothing looked like it did on the website. I did not feel safe and decided to leave even though we had already paid for it. so yeahhhhhhhhhhhh
Sep 21, 2012 9:20PM
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Over the years we have stayed in a lot of various motels/hotels.  I feel bad for the good people that have clean and respectable businesses.  There are so many bad out there we are afraid to try some of our favorite places of the past.  We started upgrading to more expensive hotels and then we have run into problems as well.  We have decided we are tired of it.  We purchased a 5th wheel for our travels.  Our own "dirt" and we go where we want when we want.  I know this doesn't fit everyone, but it is good for us.
Sep 21, 2012 9:14PM
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i'v worked with a lot of Indians and Pakistanians  they want to see what  they could get away with to save money, don't get me wrong they are nice people, but that's the way they do business, when you and your motel 8 loving friend walk out that front  door I bet he thought to himself "i saved money on that deal by not paying a maid to change there sheets and clean there room and laundry soap " that's also how they run there 7-Elevens they tell you there bathrooms are out of service at there convenience  stores so they wont have to pay money to clean them ,or put towel paper in them or have to pay more on a water bill for you to wash your hands and there electricity , and to all of you!! the most sicking thing they've  told me about there stores ,if they think the customer wont look at there recite they will charge you a higher tax ,HOW COULD THEY DO THAT YOU MUST SAY!! well I'll tell you! there's higher taxes  on cigarettes and liquor and you walk in to pay for that soda and chips they punch it in like if you bought cigarettes or liquor  to charge you the higher tax CRAZY! or double charge you debit or credit card
Sep 21, 2012 9:04PM
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I worked at a hotel and this is what i will  tell you BEFORE you pay for your room go look at it ...they cant say no and if they do that's not a place you want to stay at.......when you do look at the room pull back the bed.. sheets should have no wrinkles in them look at the  blanket and  if there is some thing on it more then likely its sex for the other person.. never sleep on the bed spread ....go to the bathroom pull up the set with something if its dirty it wasn't clean .....shower curtain rub it together in the inside if clean there wont be soap coming off.......rub your hand in tub and sink you will know by feel if clean or not ......never use the glasses in the room all ways ask for clean ones....... this is what i learned were i worked for 15 yrs the smell is a good  give away ....take  a walk around the hall  and just look...........I hope this helps in some way.......
Sep 21, 2012 9:04PM
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Also, to avoid these types, join AAA auto club..the agents can tell you how the property is rated. A little planning can save you from these disasters
Sep 21, 2012 9:03PM
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When I go duck hunting I usually pick a motel that is close to a restaurant that has a buffet. I get a weekly rate and don't like to pay more than $ 40.00 per night. They must allow dogs. So my motel experiences have been interesting. Once in Mississippi I had a decent room but the toliet didn't flush, but I could go to the next room over (the AC/heater didn't work in that one) to use the jon. The Paki owner gave me 2 keys. Another time. again in Mississippi, the place was clean enough but when it rained the light fixture in the bathroom filled up with water, leaking thru the roof. The air conditioner/heater made a ton of racket until I mentioned it to the guy at the desk, he came over with a baseball bat and whacked the fan housing a couple of times and that fixed the problem.

 

Sep 21, 2012 9:01PM
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Most chains now days are owned by those from India, they have a lot of money, yet will not invest it in the property. It is not the Brand companies fault that these things happen because they are individually owned. I always know when I walk in a hotel if it's owned by these people by the cooking smell on the first floor. They have their entire family living there. Also, by the name of the Group that may own several properties. It used to be that you could call down to the desk and an attendant would bring up items that one needed, yet the guest has to go down to the desk to get these things. Owners do not staff their people..usually only one person there that has to do everything...I have found this in the higher end hotels such as Hampton Inn, Fairfield, etc.  The best place I stayed in Fla, this past spring was an older Howard Johnson, with exterior corridors..It was sufficiently staffed, hot water. clean rooms and great food..The owner had several properties and took care of them all. It was owned by an American, not that it makes a lot of difference
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I once stayed at a family owned motel and kept hearing something during the night that sounded like paper ratteling and discovered it was a rat in the bathroom rummaging around in the bathroom trash can. 
Sep 21, 2012 8:48PM
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After years and years of traveling on the job I learned some valuable "life lessons."  If you walk in and smell curry, walk out.  If the desk clerk has a turban or gives any other sign of being from India or Pakistan, run, don't walk, to the exit.  If you get to the room and discover 40 watt  bulbs, dirty anything, or obviously worn out beds or bedding, check back out.  If you've stayed there before and the place has noticeably gone down hill it has probably been bought by someone named Patel and you should take the place off your list.   Always use a VISA or MasterCard so you can dispute the charge--which you'll probably have to do.I'm all in favor of people coming here and moving up the ladder but, sadly, most of them bring the standards of where they come from and want us to accept them.  When you encounter "India in America"  move on there are still a lot of good places out there.
Sep 21, 2012 8:41PM
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We stayed in an Econo Lodge in Eagles Nest, N.M last week.  Was very clean, couple that ran it were nice, breakfast the next morning was enjoyable and good.  This was one of the better lodges we have stayed at.  Have also stayed at better named lodges that were so dirty you wondered what you would take home with you.

 

Sep 21, 2012 8:33PM
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I just got back from a 4000 mile round trip and for the outragous price of crappy hotels that dont have any conveinences, one didnt even have a clock, I have decided to invest in a motorhome RV!! I tend to travel a lot and it will be nice to know I wont be jumping in a dirty bed with bedbugs and human DNA all over the blankets or pillows. I could cook my own food and bring my dog too. So no more hotels or motels for me!!!!!!
Sep 21, 2012 8:29PM
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I am checking right now the 10 worst Hotels in The US.  normally stay in Marriots, but when I have to go to DC I stay at the Days Inn at Connecticut, it is close to the International Court. You get what you pay for and considering what I pay, this Days Inn gives me the moneys worth.

Ernst Rumer

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