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    OK, let's hear your nastiest, hotel horror stories

    I'm staying in the heart of the oil industry in Southern Saskatchewan for a week. There also happens to be a farming convention on at the same time. This perfect storm means that I'm stuck in the only available room in town.

    My first impression was walking into the lobby, and I use the term loosely, being hit with the wafting smell of old cigarettes and beer. The second sensation was the soothing sounds coming from the VLT room. Come to think of it, the initial smells did include the slightly desparate stench of gambler sweat. So the front desk girl walked me to my room, past the off-sale room where a lady, and I use the term loosely, yelled out to her friend that she wants to "get stinkin' drunk" ... and she was the person working at the off-sale counter The good news is that I didn't have to go too far, seeing that my room was directly adjacent to the bar. Now for the really disgusting part ... I opened up the door to my room The overwhelming stench hit me like a Mack truck. I know I'm sounding dramatic, but trust me ... it was bad! Really, really bad!!! The smell was a mix of smoke, booze, sweat, definitely musty, and with a hint of urine thrown in for good measure. Did I mention it was bad? OK, I managed to push past the smell, well not really, I'm sitting here typing trying hard not to breath in too deeply, and had my first good look around. I was mostly looking for bugs, but so far have only found a spider in the bathtub. I haven't lifted the lid to the toilet yet ... to scared, but I did find smears (of unknown origin) on the bathroom wall. The decor, and I use the term loosely, is an eclectic mix of furniture from the last 5 decades, topped off with a massive old TV. I won't be watching it though since I'm too scared to pick up the remote ... not kidding. It's got stickies (of unkown origin) all over the buttons. OMG ... as I'm sitting here I just looked up at the ceiling. It's the old 70's popcorn type ceiling. Well now I know where the spider came from. It's covered with webs. Seriously, how do they pass any kind of industry inspections ... or is there even such a thing for hotels??? There's also a smoke detector on the ceiling, but you know how old plastic yellows with age ... well this one must be at least 20 years old. I don't have much faith that it's in working order, let alone still connected to an electric supply. I mentioned that I was sitting here typing ... I'm actually lying down on one of the two beds. #1 is unusable as a bed since the matress seems to have lost all it's springs in the middle portion. #2 seems to have some springs left, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to wake up with a back ache. I'm too scared to pull back the covers right now. I figure I'll deal with it once I absolutely have to fall asleep. Folks, I'm really freaked out here. Seriously! If there's any bright spots with my room, I'd have to say it's that I'm bumped up against the bar ... and it's particularly roudy tonight ... well truthfully I have nothing to compare it to, so it might actually be a quiet night. Either way, it will help keep me awake, delaying the inevitable point at which I'm going to have to crawl under the covers.

    Please ... PLEASE share your own stories

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    I slept on a couch. I got MRSA.

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    Oh, and POKE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couch View Post
    Oh, and POKE!

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    Once I stayed in the USC dorms for a convention. The sheets were bloody.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    Once I stayed in the USC dorms for a convention. The sheets were bloody.
    Define 'stayed'. As in you saw the sheets were bloody, and you still 'stayed'???

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    It might be psychosomatic, but I can't stop scratching all over

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    Define 'stayed'. As in you saw the sheets were bloody, and you still 'stayed'???
    I had the sheets changed, but I didn't have much choice in moving, things were pretty booked.
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    A buddy of mine booked himself a vacay to the Bahamas that included an overnight stay prior to the trip itself at some hotel at DFW airport. I think it was the Hyatt and the only way to get to it was the toll road. As I was the one dropping him off, and neither of us having been to the Big D before, we decided to head down a day early and take in the sights. Figured we'd just wing it.

    Turns out what my wife (who I hadn't even met yet at the time) is right- 'traffic' in Tulsa is nothing compared to other parts of the country. We ended up on what IIRC was the Stennis at about 5 p.m... six lanes of vehicles pointed in the same direction and not moving? Seriously, WTF??

    We hit the first motel we found at the first exit we could get to. Broken glass in the parking lot, a couple of windows boarded up, dogs roaming the hallway... we damned near ended up sleeping in my 1995 Mazda Protege.

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    gf stayed in a hospital with once and got a staph infection the size of a small tangerine, had to be taken to the er.

    was in the elevator in a casino in reno, and a working lady of advancing age got on with me still counting her money. she was wearing a bright jump suit, pulled paper towel out of her bag and reached into the front of her pants and swabbed her self clean on the elevator with me, and threw the paper towel back into her bag. while talking the entire time. at some point asked me if i wanted service.

    Told her I was good for the night.

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    (crosses Saskatchewan and Reno off of list of places to go)
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    Another Reno story, a convention for the blind was in progress. This explains why on the flight from DFW to Reno there were 3 or 4 guide dogs on the jet. Anyway, get to the hotel and the place is filled with blind folks and a lot had dogs. Not sure how you tell when the dog needs to go outside to use the bathroom but a lot didn't make it. So, there was lots of puddles throughout the lobby, near the doors, etc.

    Worst story I've heard: Some beds in hotels are set on box frames thus hollow underneath. A flight attendant, noting an unpleasant smell in her room, began to search for the source and discovered a body under the box springs the next morning.
    Flying a jet is no different than riding a bicycle. It's just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.

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    This one time, I stayed in a hotel that didn't have a hot tub or work out room, it was freaking horrible experience.

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    Hotels are nasty places. You'll always sleep in somebody else's stains. Sometimes the stains blend with the fabric and you don't see them, but they are there.

    On the other side of the scale is the hotel-paranoia. When your traveling partner has hotel paranoia you can't travel on a small Hyundai... you need a huge SUV to carry all the extra sheets/conforter/lysol wipes/clorox/ect. Checking in is a 2 hours endevour, cleaning everything, disinfecting, even mopping up the place. You are better buying a trailer like this:

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    I had a horrible experience at the Holiday inn in TN somewhere. They were out of croissants and I had to have a bagel for breakfast instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris..... View Post
    I had a horrible experience at the Holiday inn in TN somewhere. They were out of croissants and I had to have a bagel for breakfast instead.
    I would've demanded a full refund. That is completely inexcusable.

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    I'd rather sleep in a hotel than a hospital.
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    So other than the accommodations sucking, how is the rest of Saskatoon treating you.

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    ... are you in a certain city in Saskatchewan that rhymes with a part of the female anatomy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    ... are you in a certain city in Saskatchewan that rhymes with a part of the female anatomy?
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    I recently stayed at place that was way worse than your Alfster. The valet parking attendant was sick and I had to park my own car. Luckily my aged mother was with me, so I did not have to carry my bags to my room.
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    One time my brother and I checked into a motel in Athens Ohio. His wife and some friends had left for camping the night before and we had to work, so we drove down after we got out of work. Turns out we could not find them (Long before cell phone days). So when it got dark, we decided to get a room in Athens and go drinking downtown. We checked into the room and it had a nasty assed stale smell. I went to bath room to take a whiz and saw the bathroom had carpeted floors. I didn't think anything about that at the time. There was a white paper bathmat in front of the toilet. I stood there on the mat, did what I came to do and moved over to wash my hands, looked over and HOLY CRAP! The paper bath mat had two big wet, YELLOW, foot prints. The carpet was soaked with pee.

    Today, I would have gone to the front office and raised hell and demanded a refund, (The made us pay up front.) but back then we didn't think of that. In order to take a shower, I wore my shoes INTO the tub, I took them off and set them on the toilet lid, showered, dried my feet, put the shoes back on and walked out. I was careful not to touch my soles for a awhile.

    Later we found the campers and had a good time. They enjoyed laughing at our experience.

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    Room had plastic sheets, realized we were in a room next to a hooker who liked to sing "Oh mah darling clemintine" in the shower after she did her job (she had two guys the one time) - and her pimp would pull up occasionally in a Beamer with a very noticeable exhaust - we figured he was collecting the money, found a used syringe the next morning over the door frame in the bathroom ... stayed and endured (put a chair up to the door too) - dinky town and didn't know were to go.

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    One time my ex and I were forced to stay at this hotel in Switzerland called Le Mirador. For crying out loud, the swimming pool was both indoors and outdoors so you could enter the water indoors where it was warm and swim over to the other end outside and there was snow all around the pool. The restaurant was almost absurd. There were two or three waiters for our table. One to take the food off the cooking tray and put it on the serving tray and another to take it off the serving tray and put it on our plates. We never got out of there for less than $150 and that was without drinks.

    The place was remote. The picture here shows you how far out of it it was. This is pretty much what the view was like from the porch of our room, with the Danube River valley in the distance.



    There were just two ways into town. Take the funicular which was $8.00 apiece each way or take a taxi which ran about $40.00 each way. The big things to do in town were a farmer's market and feeding the geese by the lake. Wah! Wah! Wah! World class resorts are so terrible!

    There was hiking all around and the first snowfall of the year happened the night we arrived. I figured out that the funicular was part of the Swiss National Train service so we were able to use our Eurail passes and get on free. They seemed very disappointed when I discovered this trick. Our Eurail passes also took us up a cog railway to a ski resort called Les Pléiades, the ground had just been covered with snow, but the slopes had not been opened, so we had the place almost to ourselves. Apparently you can ride your bike back down if the route is clear of snow. We also took day trips to Bern and Lausanne.

    The worst part was that all of this except the Eurailpass was free. My ex had won the trip in a raffle done by a TV station. Airfare was included, but we noted that the plane stopped at Gatwick on the way in, so we asked them if we could get off there instead. We then took a two week trip from London to Amsterdam to Berlin (the Berlin Wall had fallen the month before) and finally to Lake Geneva. And there were excruciating parts.

    The trains were so closely timed that we got on one in Lille that we thought would go to Amsterdam, but we were a few minutes early and caught the train to Boulogne instead. To top it off, as we were realizing what had happened and panicking about what to do, my backpack slid out of the luggage rack and hit my ex on the head. As a husband, you don't get much lower than getting your wife on the wrong train to god knows where and then hitting her accidently with a 30-40lb backpack. At least that got a gentleman to take pity on us, and it turned out he had the schedules for the entire french train system, and got us put off at some little village and told the station master to make sure we got on the train that was due in the other direction in 20 minutes. Limping back to Lille, we had dinner in a little Creperie/Bar that was choking thick with cigarette smoke, and everyone else seemed to know everyone else.

    We missed our reservations in Amsterdam and got a room in a hostel. The room was tiny and had tile floors and slick walls and echoed every sound from the corridor. We got a better place the next few nights, but the room was so small that you practically had to walk on top of the bed to get from one side of the room to the other. And the shower was a communal one down the hall. But they assured us that all the other rooms on that floor had their own private showers.

    Since it was so soon after the fall of the Berlin wall, all the train cars were still East German, sparse and rough and so crowded that we didn't sit down between Hamburg and Berlin. We arrived in Berlin late at night and took what we could get. The room was enormous, probably 800 square feet. It looked like a 19th century ballroom with ceilings that were probably 20 feet tall and had obviously survived World War II intact. But the shower was just put up next to one wall as was the sink and the bed in another corner. Most of the room was quite empty.

    The worst part was the flight home. From Gatwick to San Diego, we sat next to a guy who was a chain smoker and chain drinker. It was hard to breathe and he was an obnoxious drunk.

    I'd tell you about all the great parts of the trip, but that wouldn't be apropos.
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