After 50+ years of life and countless hotel stays, I can put up with just about anything for one night. For example, my wife and I used to really be into riding quads (ah, youth).
The trails in Southwest lower Michigan are a blast. But lodging is, shall we say, sketchy at best. We shared a large room with friends that was once a garage converted into a semi-divided lodge. The bed was – yuck! The bugs in the rafters kept me up most of the night. I was happy it was just one night (not the featured image above, BTW).
But really the snakes in Texas are not a big problem in comparison to the Texas tree roaches!😂 They fly!!! pic.twitter.com/NAaq7fMGUf
— DianaOG (@Sfdog60) May 24, 2020
But there are limits. A few years back, during my wife’s “Diamond Quest” where we took her from Skymiles member to Diamond in under 6 months we had a night in Dallas, Texas. After yet another outstanding visit to Hard Eight BBQ near Dallas DFW airport, we checked into a major brand discount hotel (it was free on points). When we got to the room, we found under the sink a tree roach. We left the hotel and took an Uber to another hotel and burned a bunch more points — but it was well worth it for a “happy wife”.
Have there been other times? I was at an InterContinental that had a party across from my room. But I simply called hotel security and mentioned if they did not send someone up I would call the police. The party ended in less than 10 minutes and we stayed put. Another time, in Chicago, we walked into our room to find a family already enjoying “our” room. We quickly apologized and made our way back down for another try.
I thought I would touch on things that would or would not drive me to grab my bags and do an immediate checkout.
- Bed bugs. I admit I don’t check for bed bugs (maybe I should — perhaps with one of these lights?). But if I ever found them I would not trust the hotel to put me in another room.
- Dirty sheets. Chris had a post not too long ago that was just sick. If I found the sheets had not been changed I would again simply leave the hotel.
- I unit that has such shoddy repairs that who knows what else is wrong with the place (was there a murder there from the bullet holes?).
Those three really are about it. A dirty bathroom? Just change rooms — not hotels. Non-working whatever? Again, just change rooms. Non-flushing toilet? This is one of the first things I do when I enter a room, that is, check that the toilet will flush properly. If the plumbing does not work I am not up for waiting for maintenance to fix it – just give me another room. Heck, even if the hotel threatens to call the police on me I will still stay and make the best of it. 😉
I could go on and on with stories and my guess is many other pre-COVID road warriors have any number of jaw-dropping stories to share (and please do in the comments below!).
But what I really want to hear about is when was the time you could not stand staying the night, what was too much? – René
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