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Old 05-15-11, 06:47 AM   #1
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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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Old 05-15-11, 07:04 AM   #2
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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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Old 05-15-11, 07:18 AM   #3
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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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Old 05-15-11, 07:20 AM   #4
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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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Old 05-15-11, 07:34 AM   #5
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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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Old 05-15-11, 07:43 AM   #6
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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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Old 05-15-11, 07:49 AM   #7
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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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Old 05-15-11, 07:55 AM   #8
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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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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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Old 05-15-11, 08:50 AM   #11
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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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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.

My luggage has wheels. I take it into the room. I don't ask about my luggage.
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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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Old 05-15-11, 10:22 AM   #15
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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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Old 05-15-11, 12:58 PM   #17
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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.
^^^...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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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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+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.
wow, that's too fancy for my blood.
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Old 05-15-11, 03:32 PM   #22
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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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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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Old 05-15-11, 03:40 PM   #24
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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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