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Old 05-09-2014, 05:44 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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I mentioned these in the sister thread to this one, about the most I ever paid, but I'll repeat some here.

Huahuapan de Leon, Oaxaca, in the 1960s, a double room in a very nice hotel that was recommended by AAA, 85-cents.

In the 90s, several quite pleasant but simple private rooms in guest houses in Lake Atitlan villages in Guatemala, about $2.

To this day, I never pay more than about $15 (and often under $10) for a double in Mexico, although there are a few places, especially in Sonora, where you can't get by that cheap.

The last time I found really cheap places in the US was from Michgan's UP across Wisconsin and Minnesota into the Dakotas, where $20 doubles were not hard to find in the 1990s.

In the late 80's, I stayed in the Rodeo Motel, Tucumcari New Mexico. Rooms were $4, 6, 8, and 10, depending on the number of beds. The lady had only one room left, with four beds (and a kitchenette) and she apologetically said she would have to charge me $6 for it, even though I was just a singe.

I've rented whole houses in Paraguay and Indonesia for a whole month for less than the nightly rate at an American Motel 6. And in nicer locations.

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Old 05-09-2014, 05:44 PM
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Marrakesh, Morocco, right by the Djemaa El-Fna, 2008. It was disgusting and by far wouldn't be even considered tolerable to most American travelers - but hey, most American travelers aren't going to go to Morocco, are they? I think I paid about $14 / night. Of course, there were no "single" rooms available, but there was a matrimonial room available. There was no TV and the place had shared squat toilets. I was so relieved to find that RAK actually had a Western toilet when I got there.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:20 PM
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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In this century in the U.S.: $35. At a Microtel off the Ohio Turnpike. It was great. Really small but clean and with normal amenities. Since then I've made it a point to choose Microtel on other occasions. It's now owned by the Wyndham chain and prices vary, more along the $50 range, depending on location.

I used to travel quite a bit with a band that I worked for. Other chains we used typically were Motel 6, Super 8, Travelodge, and Days Inn. The band guys always wanted to stay at Knights Inn, which is usually even cheaper than other things on that list (more like $30). As far as I can tell, that chain is mostly frequented by truck drivers. Not the worst place I've ever been, but usually ugly.

In case you're wondering, the worst hotel I ever stayed in was a Ramada Inn in Albany, NY. Hard to believe a flea bag like that could be in the shadow of a state capitol building. I slept in my clothes and raced out of there at sunrise. The best hotel I ever stayed in with the band was the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. We were comped there. Very chic and luxurious.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:28 PM
Location: Temecula
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Back in the days in Laughlin and Las Vegas, NV rooms were often $19.99. Like in the late 80s...
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:13 PM
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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1960 Hotel Lincoln in Tangiers--$2 American green and included a full breakfast in the Hotel Dining room.

To put things in perspective at the same time a carton of American cigarettes cost $1, a 2 litre bottle of Moet & Chandon 1959 cost $1, a litre of Restaurant table wine was free with Dinner, which cost under $3
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:32 PM
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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$29 a night for a Motel 6, after a night of drinking (back in the 80's or early 90's). I just wanted to "crash" for the night, but not in my car.
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Old 05-09-2014, 11:47 PM
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Back in the days in Laughlin and Las Vegas, NV rooms were often $19.99. Like
in the late 80s.
They were $18 and $19 in Mesquite and Laughlin into the 90s. In the middle of the week, you often paid for 2 nights at that price and got a 3rd night for free.

$10 in Northern California up in the area the Redwood National Park is now, on our homeymoon in 1952.
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Old 05-10-2014, 01:06 AM
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$35.00 at a Motel 6 in San Marcos,TX, 10 years ago I was a regular at this hotel they knew me by name. I was in school at the time me and my friends would get multiple rooms every weekend. And throw some wild legendary partys filled with alcohol drugs and beautiful girls from Texas State University we would party non stop for days. Good times
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Old 05-10-2014, 01:56 AM
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Originally Posted by sandman249 View Post
What's the least you have paid for a hotel stay

Provide the name of hotel and location if possible. And most importantly, let us know if you enjoyed the stay or loved the hotel/ room for the price!
Hmmm... I don't remember the exact price like I remember the price of the "most" expensive. Trauma to the pocketbook is harder to forget! He he...

Also in our case it was probably relative. We've stayed in plenty of Motel 6's and Econolodges here and there, on road trips etc. but the most memorable "cheap" place was a hostel in Boston. They had private rooms for couples who weren't college age, but it was really bare bones! We were actually on our honeymoon (second hubby) and we were hitting a few places on the east coast before taking the train cross country back to California. We stayed in a few "spluge" type places as well as some budget places. It really depended on what our plans where in the area. In Boston, we had one night only and knew we just needed a bed for the night. This option somehow appeared in my planning and it didn't sound too bad so we gave it a go just to see what it was like. Like I mentioned it was very bare bones, not the most comfortable, but not bad. It was relatively clean and we felt safe, so it was fine. Would I do it again? Maybe, depends on the situation, but only if we had our own room, and one where they allowed "old" people in.
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Old 05-10-2014, 05:51 AM
Location: Hanahan, SC
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$10 spent on Priceline's name your own price. Got me a stay at a Day's Inn near Disneyworld in Kissimmee, FL
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