Why we stay at B&B's and not hotels...

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We are on a bittersweet trip to 'send off' a kid moving thousands of miles away. Yesterday we pulled into our hotel accommodations for the evening and were given the key to our room. Opened the door and reeled from the smell. Went back to the office and did the whole thing again with the room next door. (Like that was going to make a difference!)

The THIRD room finally smelled more like bleach than cigarettes and sweat. But there was a big hole in the wall. And our heat consisted of a small tabletop space heater. That turned off an on every 5 minutes.

Tonight? Different place. Not smelly. But, you know that old Paul Simon song with the lyrics, 'Couple in the next room are bound to win a prize...?' welcome to my world.

Tomorrow we're back to place one again. Am presently searching for something else. I will have no problem canceling the reservation for tomorrow night if I find something else in the same town.

If we are not snowed in where we are now...

There are either no B&B's or no reasonably priced B&B's in the 2 separate places we have traveled so far. If there were, that's where I'd be.

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Ugh! Make sure you review, so that others don't have to find that nastiness.

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Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

Ugh! Make sure you review, so that others don't have to find that nastiness.

I will do a review but the reviews are already out there stating the obvious. But this is where DH stays.

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Ugh! Did you try to look online on the opaque sites for anything else in the area? Sometimes you can find a good deal that way. Of course, I don't know where you were travelling. When we went to Concord we got a hell of a deal on one of the opaque sites, included the standard plastic breakfast, but still...

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I found a place around the corner for about $20 more/night. A 'real' hotel. No go, DH wouldn't cancel those 'poor folks' at the last minute.

It's OK, it's over. Kid has moved, no need to go back there again. Next time we see her (and her brother) we will be staying on The Strip. And I'm sure I'll have more stories!

 

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SO sorry for you!  I know those smells...UGH.  Company I used to work for would book those places.  Nasty.  If you can't find a better hotel (or B&B) try looking for outlying mom & pop motels along the old business routes..  They can be cleaner, many don't advertise well tho, so are harder to find. 

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Why not splurge on a B+B that might be a bit out of your price range, enjoy the night and call the excursion "training".  In reality, we always learn from the B+B's that we stay in...take note of the things they do well and of the details that we should avoid in our own B+B.   We find being on the guest side of the "too-expensive"  B+B experience to be enlightening and much more pleasant than a "reasonable" stay in a sub-par B+B.

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$250/night minimum is way too rich for us even if we write it off. If it were a 'vacation' I might consider it. This was merely a place to sleep.

Should have done it anyway as this is the last time we will go to that area.

And it was just as bad last night. Dirty towels, filthy comforters.

It has made me completely miserable to have spent 3 nights like this. I hate traveling when we have to do it on the cheap. Which is why, in the past, when DH has made this trip he has gone alone. Last time he went there, I went in the opposite direction and I had a king room with a fireplace and ocean view, kitchenette, dining room, balcony and huge spa bathroom. MY kind of place.

Got home today and went to bed. Just to lie down comfortably.

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Your description of last night made my skin crawl!  I think I would have opted to sleep in the car rather than in a dirty place.  

Glad it's over now so you can relax at home.  There is no way I would let DH make our travel arrangements.  I figured that out on our first date when he had not made dinner reservations nor had he made a plan about where might be open on a Monday night in the area.  So there is NO WAY I depend on him to plan anything that requires a bit of advanced research.  

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