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Old 05-12-2014, 09:07 AM
Location: Philadelphia
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$18 in Costa Rica, $50 in Puerto Rico, $0 in Atlantic City and Vegas.
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:49 AM
Location: SoCal
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Back in the early 80's I was traveling to Europe for the first time, for a student exchange year. I had forgotten to set my watch to New York time and missed my overseas flight. I phoned the other airline, Virgin Atlantic, to see if they had a later flight out that night. They didn't, but the clerk I spoke to was a boon to this overwrought youngster! She advised me to phone my own airline and get a place for the next night, which I was able to do. Then she told me there would be a bunch of people waiting for overnight accommodation at a specific place on the curb, and to go join them.

When the shuttle took us to the hotel (I don't remember which - it was some chain), I started to explain to the hotel clerk that I wasn't really with this group. He interrupted me and said, "you look like you're with them, so don't worry about it."
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Old 05-14-2014, 06:10 PM
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:45 AM
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Free if I can include staying on points or certificates.

Otherwise, probably in the teens going back 30 years or more. It was a place to sleep and shower, and back then the industry was very different, as was my budget. A "cheap" motel room might look long around the tooth, but would still be very clean.

These days it's been my experience that "cheap" usually means "filthy and doesn't care," because there will always be another sucker who just wants a cheap room regardless of what the reviews say.

In 2000 I stayed in a B&B just outside Jasper, AB for $34/CAD for two. At the time the US dollar was very strong against it's neighbor, and I think it worked out to about $24 US for an ensuite room with a very nice and filling breakfast. The room was nothing special and fairly spartan, but was clean and we felt very safe. They also encouraged us to use their computer to check e-mail and even offered use of a washer and dryer if we needed it.

The Hampton Inn in Mystic was offering rooms at $80/night midweek during winter 2011--a total steal!
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Old 05-16-2014, 09:48 AM
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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$7/night in La Paz, Bolivia for a really nice 3 star hotel with flatscreen TV and nice bathroom/shower. Bolivia is ridiculously cheap.
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:42 PM
Location: New Mexico
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I used to work for a state government and when we travelled we could spend a whopping $12.00 and we could find places at that rate (1970s). Most recently I stayed at a Suburban Extended Stay motel with a small kitchen for $34.00 a night. I can't stay at home for that.
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