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    Bikes in motel rooms

    Do motels generally allow bicycles in the rooms, or have storage facilities? I have never taken a bike on a driving trip, but plan to this summer.

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    Best policy is to check with each motel where you plan to stay. Some allow it, others do not.
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    I would call ahead if I were you, to make sure, but I've got a bike in my hotel room right now and it hasn't been a problem!

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    It's always best to check ahead. I've traveled quite a bit with my bike and have never been unable to take it into my room.
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    A lot depends on how you ask the question: "I have a pretty expensive bike. Where can I keep it where it will be safe?"

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    I think the "easier to get forgiveness than permission" principle applies here. I have taken my bikes into hotel rooms many times. I have never asked and I have never been told I shouldn't do it. YMMV.
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    Never had a problem, I have even walked through the lobby of plush high end resorts - wheels rolling. No one has ever said a thing.
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    When I was at the Hotel Bethlehem in 2007, the doorman took up my bike for me as luggage. He then carefully placed the bike so the drivetrain rested on the white curtains.

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    I've never had a problem, and would truly pissed if I did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy2 View Post
    Do motels generally allow bicycles in the rooms, or have storage facilities? I have never taken a bike on a driving trip, but plan to this summer.
    Never had a problem, in places ranging from the bottom to the top of the food chain. The only time I've heard of issues are from people who go into the situation with a combative attitude. Basic politeness goes a long way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy2 View Post
    Do motels generally allow bicycles in the rooms, or have storage facilities? I have never taken a bike on a driving trip, but plan to this summer.
    A couple weeks ago, the wifee and I spent a week in Atlantic City. Carried two bikes with me, and we had a room booked at the Trump Plaza. I wasn't going to ask.. Because, with me it wasn't an option... After I checked in, got my room number and location. I told the porters that I can handle my bags. My wife took the bags, and I boldly walked with two Raleighs (Competition and Prestige) over to the elavators and went up to my room. That was at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, I would imagine if they allow it, all hotels motels do the same..

    BTW, I do the same with my motorcycle, motels on ground floor..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mulveyr View Post
    Never had a problem, in places ranging from the bottom to the top of the food chain. The only time I've heard of issues are from people who go into the situation with a combative attitude. Basic politeness goes a long way.
    Can't be said any better than that!!
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    I'm not one to ask. If asked, they will have to state whatever the poicy is - written or, likely, unwritten and made up on the spot. ALso, it would depend on whether it is a drive-up entrance or a through-the=lobby entrance. Never had a problem.

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    Every motel I've stayed at I've taken the bike into the room. Never asked, just did it.
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    I've never even thought to ask. The only place that even had a whimper was the Breakers on Palm Beach - the porter came after me to wipe off the (clean) tires then let me continue on my way through the lobby.
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    Essentially a non-issue.

    If it is sloppy weather stop inside the lobby door, or the door to the room if outside entrance, and wipe down the tires and oily drips. Then go for it. Never had a problem either in commercial or private property when doing that.

    Don't leave a mess in the room or you will find a bill on your credit card for clean up, damage repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    I think the "easier to get forgiveness than permission" principle applies here. I have taken my bikes into hotel rooms many times. I have never asked and I have never been told I shouldn't do it. YMMV.
    ^^^...same here. If I have my bike in my room and if it's not "technically" allowed, I think I'd start with the rejoinder. "Well at least my unwelcome companion won't bring in the vice squad."

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    I've stayed in many motels in and around NC, VA and SC. I've never been told that I could not take my bike into my room - and I always asked before I do it. I used to ask when making reservations but, not I just tell the clerk at the counter. Its never been a problem. I've even carried it into a Bed & Breakfast Inn where I had to roll it through the sitting room while the patrons looked at me like I was off my rocker (although probably true to some extent).

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    As long as your bikes are house broken, can't think of why they would mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiredfoxterror View Post
    I've never even thought to ask. The only place that even had a whimper was the Breakers on Palm Beach - the porter came after me to wipe off the (clean) tires then let me continue on my way through the lobby.
    +1 One of the few places that insist on carrying your bags. Several years ago they also insisted that anyone passing through the lobby wore a jacket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLvector View Post
    +1 One of the few places that insist on carrying your bags. Several years ago they also insisted that anyone passing through the lobby wore a jacket.
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    Last summer I did a credit card tour of the Mississippi River (all of it). I asked when making the reservations and it was not a problem putting the bike in the room. The one hotel that really didn't want me to put the bike in the room was the Grand Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. They did however have a secure area that only the porters had access to and that worked out just fine. I arrived at the hotel after riding from Red Wing in the rain almost the entire way and was soaking wet. I really didn't mind and they were very nice to me. I ate three entries, three appetizers, and two desserts in their five star restaurant - the bill was over a hundred dollars but it was worth it. Riding in the cold rain for 76 miles made me hungry and the food was very good. Ahh, the joys of touring ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctyler View Post
    Every motel I've stayed at I've taken the bike into the room. Never asked, just did it.
    Same here. I make a point of being low key about taking it in, just in case it would matter.
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    I'll throw my own experience in with the rest: I've done it without asking and it wasn't a problem. When you think about it, hotels let folks bring their kids into the rooms and kids can be a lot messier than bikes...
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    I've never asked, nor have I ever heard of a hotel or motel not allowing it. It's not like it's a pet that's going to shed (or shred).
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