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Old 07-18-2010, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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We don't travel much but did do a 3-night get-away last weekend and I have to say I'm disappointed - last time we went to this town we did a motel and it was awful - I'm not really hard to please: clean room, get what we paid for, etc. This time it was a major chain - I did send them an email listing the issues. Do these places just not care? I'm a little hesitant to book a place again as we need to go out of town again in a few weeks and some make it so difficult to figure out how to find the best rates.
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:07 PM
 
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Easy, just do your research.

There are several review sites. I always hit them up and do my research to make sure I have a decent place. Some chains I find very inconsistent such as comfort inn and days inn.

The best luck I have had lately is with holiday inn expresses.
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:20 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I travel lots, and stay in private guest homes ~ $10 - $20 / night. Been doing it for 20+ yrs. Only one less than wonderful experience.

While on an expense account I prefer The Westin, tho keep premier status with Marriot, Hilton, and Hyatt.

If in a place frequently for work, I will try to find a decent and QUIET B&B.
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Old 07-24-2010, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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How much time do you actually spend at the hotel/motel? I just go there to sleep so all I care about is that it's clean, quiet and I can get something to eat at night but if the hotel/motel is actually the center of your trip you would be looking for a lot more in a hotel/motel than I would be.
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Try tripadvisor.com. These are folks who actually have stayed in the places you may be interested in. We have always been happy with the Marriott chain.
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Old 07-26-2010, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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I have to second tripadvisor.com I travel frequently for business and personal reasons. There can be and is a wide gap in quality among the chains and more particularly as the economy worsens and cost cutting measures take a front row.
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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I hate hotels and try to stay in B&B's if I can.
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:41 PM
 
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I have had those bad hotel stays too. I avoid them now. I think it`s not having pride in ownership/management and a lot of people (like you said)just don`t care. I would rather pay a higher rate for a decent place vs $60-100 for a disgusting room.

I research the hotels. You can see what they look like online. There are a lot of hotels that use to be decent years ago that are just dives now.
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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I know in Orlando with the tourist/economy being down (plus Disney has so many of their own hotels) until many hotels just don't have the finances to keep the place in perfect condition. The cleaning staff is already over worked, under paid and probably don't care as much as they once did. In addition, many hotels have special weekly rates for local people who don't have housing elsewhere and some of those people are seedy.

Hotel rooms SHOULD be spotless....but they aren't. All you can do is read reviews and hope for the best.
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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I hate hotels and try to stay in B&B's if I can.
Bed and Breakfasts are much more expensive than regular hotel rooms. We stayed in one once in Saint Augustine, Fl and it was close to $200 a night. We checked prices and they were all in that range. Also checked prices in Key West and they were expensive there too. For that price they'd better be great.
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